Here’s a recipe that embodies spring. It’s easy, light, healthy, and delicious. In this application we are using our Honey Ginger White Balsamic Vinegar in combination with our Japanese Roasted Sesame Seed Oil for a magnificent flavor explosion.
1 package clear edible rice paper sheets
1/2 lb shrimp, cooked, peeled, deveined, halved
1 bunch fresh cilantro leaves, washed and dried
1 bunch or bag of fresh baby spinach leaves, washed and dried
1 cucumber peeled and cut into very thin strips
1 carrot peeled and then shaved into long, thin strips
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 package vermicelli rice noodles
3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon good quality soy sauce
5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon Olive & Kickin’ Honey Ginger White Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 teaspoons Olive & Kickin’ Japanese Roasted Sesame Seed Oil
Hoisin Sauce or spicy Vietnamese fish sauce to taste
chopped, roasted peanuts
In a small bowl, toss the shaved carrot and thinly sliced cucumber with two tablespoons of Honey Ginger White Balsamic Vinegar and set aside.
Heat 3 quarts of water to a gentle simmer. Remove the pot from heat and immediately stir in two tablespoons of soy sauce and two tablespoons of Honey Ginger White Balsamic Vinegar. Add the vermicelli rice noodles to the seasoned water and allow to sit for 10 minutes until tender. Drain well and toss with an additional 1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil blended with 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce and 1 teaspoon Honey Ginger White Balsamic Vinegar and set aside.
Drain the carrot and cucumbers and make sure all other veggies and herbs are cleaned, dried, and set out before you start.
In a shallow dish such as a pie plate, mix together 1 cup of warm water with 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of Honey Ginger White Balsamic Vinegar. Dip a sheet of rice paper into the seasoned water very quickly, no longer than a second or two (or they will get too soggy) and lay flat on a work surface.
On one edge, lay a small handful of noodles, two shrimp halves, some cilantro, a few baby spinach leaves, some cucumber strips, a few pieces of shaved carrot, and a sprinkle of green onions, being careful to not over stuff the roll. Carefully start to roll up eggroll style, tucking in the sides, then continue to roll up-but not too tightly or the spring roll will split.
Combine a few spoonfuls of Hoisin Sauce with some chopped peanuts to use as a dipping sauce (or serve with prepared spicy fish sauce dip called Nuoc Mam, available at Asian markets).
Serve immediately- these do not keep and will harden up in the fridge, so it is best to make just as many as you plan to serve (store any extra un-assembled fillings in fridge and roll later).