Vietnamese Fresh Spring rolls


1 package Vietnamese Rice paper wrapper (available in Asian markets)
1 lettuce, washed
1 cup carrot, shredded finely
1 medium soft tofu
3 oz dried vermicelli
1 cup prawns, heads removed and deveined
1 chinese fried dough (油条)
2 cups bean sprouts
1 cup mint leaves
1 cup basil leaves
1 cup cilantro
1 cup roasted unsalted peanuts

2 tbsp hoisin sauce
2 tbsp satay sauce or peanut sauce
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp fish sauce
1 tbsp chopped roasted unsalted peanuts



(1)  Tear lettuce leaves to smaller pieces, about palm size.  Spin the lettuce leaves in salad spinner to dry.
(2)  Shred about 1 cup of carrot in thin strips.  Pickle the carrot with 2 tbsp vinegar, 1/2 tsp salt and sugar.  Set aside in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
(3)  Heat 1 tbsp oil in pan.  Add tofu block and fry on both sides till golden brown.  Set aside to cool, and cut into 2 inches slices.
(4)  Bring water to boil in a pot.  Blanch the vermicelli for 3 minutes.  Drain well and use scissors to roughly chop the noodles.  Set aside in refrigerator.
(5)  Bring water to boil in a pot.  Blanch prawns for a minute.  Remove and slice in halves.  Set aside.
(6)  Toast fried Chinese Dough in oven till crispy.  Cut the dough into smaller pieces with scissor.  Set aside.
(7)  Rinse bean sprouts, and set aside.
(8)  Rinse all fresh herbs and set aside.
(9)  Place roast peanuts in a ziplock bag.  Using a roller, coarsely crush the peanuts.  Set aside.
(10)  Assemble all above ingredients on working table.
(11)  Place hot water in one shallow plate.  Working with one rice paper wrapper at one time, dip into hot water for about 20 seconds, or until the wrapper becomes soft.
(12)  Remove wrapper carefully and quickly.  Be careful as the wrapper can tear easily.
(13)  Place softened wrapper on a large plate.  Assemble little of every ingredients along the bottom third of the wrapper.  Top with 2 prawns halves.  Sprinkle crushed peanuts.
(14)  Take one side of wrap closest to your body, and fold over the ingredients.
(15)  Fold in the side towards each other and firmly roll up the wrapper.
(16)  Repeat with the remaining wrappers and ingredients, and place the spring rolls on a serving plate.
(17)  For the dipping sauce, mix the ingredients in a small bowl.
(18)  Serve fresh and enjoy!

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