Just about any filling can be used for Spring rolls. Raw, steamed or lightly sautéed vegetables should be coarsely chopped or sliced into thin slivers. Fresh herbs are wonderful to use in Spring rolls as well. Try my Soy Ginger Dipping Sauce (recipe follows) for dipping your rolls.
• your choice of tofu, seitan, tempeh, and/or raw or lightly steamed or sautéed vegetables and sprouts
• Bánh Tráng – spring roll skins/wrappers
Prepare your filling and set aside.
Fill a dinner plate with hot water and set next to your work surface.
Submerge a wrapper in the water on the plate. Count to ten and remove the wrapper. It may not feel totally pliable at this point but it will be by the time you wrap your filling. Hold the wrapper by the edge over the plate so the excess water can drain. Gently place the wrapper on your work surface.
Place a few tablespoons of filling in the center of the wrapper, avoiding about 2-inches on each side. Fold the wrapper in half over the filling. With your fingers, press down to compress the filling. Fold the sides in (like a burrito) and then roll up as tightly as you can. This technique takes a little practice so be patient.
Repeat until the filling is used up. If you have a hard time wrapping, try doubling the wrappers. Slice the rolls with a sharp knife on the diagonal. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
Soy Ginger Dipping Sauce
• 2 T organic sugar
• ¼ cup soy sauce, tamari or Bragg Liquid Aminos™
• ¾ cup water
• 2 tsp cornstarch mixed with 2 tsp water
• 1 T fresh lime juice
• 2 tsp fresh grated ginger root
• 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp)
• 2 T chopped green onions
Combine the sugar, soy sauce, and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Stir in the cornstarch/water paste. Reduce heat to a simmer and add the garlic, ginger, lime juice and green onions. Continue to simmer, stirring frequently, for about 2 minutes to blend the flavors. Chill until ready to serve.