To make simple rolls you only need a couple things from an Asian Market; spring roll wrappers and oriental noodles. I included them on the shopping list below along with a couple specialty items you will need to make Lemon Grass chicken.
Shopping List for the Asian Market
Extra Thin Spring Roll Wrapper
Sriracha or Chilli Sauce (also available at the grocery store)
Filling Ideas: Shredded carrots, daikon, cucumber, pineapple, mandarin oranges, tomatoes, sprouts, spinach, cilantro or basil and shrimp, chicken, pork, tofu or beef.
Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Lemon Grass Chicken
2 boneless chicken breasts cut into strips
1 stalk of lemon grass, grated
1 shallot, grated
4 garlic cloves minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons of fish sauce
3 tablespoons of peanut oil
fresh cracked pepper
shredded or mixed salad greens
and fillings of your choice
Marinate first 8 ingredients for at least two hours. Then cook chicken. If grilling, skewer chicken before. Boil noodles. Assemble the spring rolls by holding two (two makes the rolls less easy to tear when rolling and allows for a little bigger rolls.) wrappers over lapping some (as pictured below) and dip into warm water. Cold water won't soften the wrappers enough and almost boiling water will cause the wrappers to curl and stick together. Lay the wrappers out on a plastic cutting board after dipping and place fillings in the center of the right hand circle. Noodles, sprouts, cilantro and greens are always a must for me and I then get creative from there. Add one lemon grass chicken strip on top and start rolling from the right towards the left tucking the top and bottom edges as needed. When placing them on a plate leave some space between them so they don't stick together. Serve them fresh with peanut or hoisin sauces and sriracha and enjoy!
|At Oceanic Asian Market in Downtown Tampa|
|Hold wrappers as shown, then dip in warm water. Lay them out on a
cutting board and place fillings in the center of the right hand circle.
Start rolling from the right towards the left tucking the top and
bottom edges as needed.|