To clarify, the giveaway is NOT for spring rolls or fish sauce. Read on for more details. Sorry if you are already disappointed!! =P
Lunar New Year/Tet is among us (started yesterday and basically lasts 7 or 13 days, however much you want to party in your neck of the woods ;P), so I thought I'd celebrate the Year of the Dragon by doing a little giveaway and sharing a recipe for vegetarian spring rolls, Vietnamese style.
The idea spawned from these Nasoya egg roll wraps that I was given the opportunity to try. I liked that they contained no MSG. Although I'm not sensitive to that stuff (I pretty much ate it by the barrel-ful as a kid and still came out OK, ha ha), a lot of people are.
6) I got 9 rolls out of my filling, but your mileage (hah!) may vary. Put on a sprayed baking pan. Spray the top of the rolls as well, or brush with olive oil. I forgot to do something with the top, so I had to improvise (see below). Bake for 10-12 minutes.
|Not as pretty as my mom's, but we all start somewhere, right?|
I made some fish sauce for dipping, but this is entirely optional and may not be suitable for all palates or the smell of your kitchen.
- 1/4 c. sugar
- 1/4 c. vinegar
- 1/4 c. boiling water (I used a kettle... the water just needs to be hot enough to melt sugar)
- 1/4 c. fish sauce
- 2 gloves garlic, chopped into small pieces
- lemon juice to taste (ghetto substitution of bottled lime juice was used here, not recommended but better than nothing)
- crushed red chili (didn't have but would be good)
So since my baking failed due to me forgetting to put oil on top, I (or "The Ukrainian") had to pan-fry them until crisp and brown. Still better than using a deep-fryer or oil-filled wok, though I think it'd be an easier option. I'm just too scared to play with hot oil like that.
I was surprised at how authentic these tasted, in spite of the substitutions. Not bad for a n00b attempt. "The Ukrainian" kept burning his tongue because he couldn't wait to eat them. The fish sauce did help cool them a bit...
Giveaway time! (U.S. residents only)
Nasoya is offering 5 coupons for FREE Nasoya products of your choice (they make tofu and other soy foods that, in moderation, are part of a protein-packed veggie diet). And a T-shirt!
One entry for each. Please leave a comment for each item... I will be using those to randomly choose a winner on 1/31/12 at noon.
1) Take the Nasoya Tofu-U pledge (you'll get access to tofu recipes and recommendations).
2) Follow this blog.
3) Follow me on Twitter (@nobel4lit).
4) Tweet or blog this giveaway (if you Tweet, please include @nobel4lit at the end so I can find it).
5) Tell me about your favorite Asian food.