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Vegetarian Summer Rolls
VEGETARIAN SUMMER ROLLS
The Big Bowl Restaurant Recipe
7 ounces Pad Thai rice noodles
2 tablespoons peanut oil
3/4 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/4 cup mixture of Thai basil and cilantro, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons julienne fresh mint leaves
To make one roll:
1 rice paper wrapper*
1 Bibb lettuce leaf
1 1/2 ounces noodle filling
1 ounce seasonal lettuce, shredded
1/2 ounce fresh bean sprouts
1/2 ounce julienne carrots
1 ounce seasonal vegetable blanched
3 pieces of julienne red pepper
1 tablespoon chopped peanuts
1 3/4 pound cucumbers, sliced thin
2 tablespoon kosher salt
1 cup rice vinegar, unseasoned
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoon peanut oil
1/2 dry thai chilies, toasted, ground
Cook rice noodles as directed on package (using by soaking in hot water for 30 minutes). Drain and place into a bowl with peanut oil, sesame oil. Toss together gently.
When noodles are cool to touch, add the lime juice, herb mix and mint. Toss together very gently, as you don’t want the noodles to break.
Fill a bowl or shallow pan large enough to dip a sheet of rice paper, with hot tap water. Taking the rice paper one sheet at a time, dip the rice paper sheet into the hot water. When it begins to soften, pull it out of the water, allow it to drain for a few seconds and spread it in front of you on a cutting board.
Put 1 bibb lettuce sheet on top of the rice paper and spread 1/3 cup of the noodle mixture and all remaining ingredients on top of that extending the width of the roll, 1 ½ inches below the midpoint of the wrapper. Then taking the rice paper from the bottom, fold it tightly over the filling. Tuck it in slightly under the filling and roll it up as tightly as you can. The lettuce leaf helps to keep it tight and enhances the texture of the salad.
* Rice paper, called banh trang or, sometimes “spring rolls skin,” comes in round packages of 12 ounces dried. The packages are of heavy clear plastic and hold about 25 of these paper-thin sheets.
1.Toss cucumbers with kosher salt.
2.Let rest for 30 minutes.
1. Mix all ingredients well.
Pickles for Service:
1. Squeeze excess water out of the cucumber.
2. Measure out 8 oz of cucumber slices.
3. Add ¼ cup of vinaigrette.
4. Pickles do not need refrigeration.