Friday, May 28, 2010

Spring Roll Dipping Sauce

The spring roll dipping sauce can be used for many different recipes. It can be used for the summer roll, spring roll, crepes, ka nome cook, and as a dressing for the vermicelli salad. Make a lot and store it in the refridge for months to come.


Water: 3 cups
Garlic: 3 teapoons, chopped finely
Sugar: 4 tablespoons
Salt: 1 teaspoon
Fishsauce: 4 tablespoons
White Vinegar, distilled: 3 tablespoons
Lemon : juice of one half of a lemon
Chilli Garlic Sauce (Rooster on bottle with a green lid): 2 tablespoon
Mae Ploy chicken dipping sauce (opt. for a thicker sauce): 4 tablespoons

In a medium sauce pan, bring the 3 cups of water to a boil and then add all the above ingredients. You can add additional amounts depending how sweet, spicey or tangy you want the sauce to be. Let the sauce cool and store it in a jar in the fridge for up to three months.


Viet/Lao Vermicelli Salad with pork chops and spring rolls

Before you start this recipe you need to have three other recipes already made.
You need:
1)Spring Roll recipe
2)Viet/Lao Pork chops or lemongrass pork chops recipe
3)Spring roll dipping sauce as the dressing for the salad.

Marinate the Porkchops 24 hours prior and grill it and set it aside before you prepare the salad. You can do the spring rolls ahead of time and store it in the freezer. You can fry it frozen and it only takes about 5 minutes once the oil is hot.


Vermicelli noodles: Boiled and set aside
Beansprouts: 1 lb bag
Green leaf lettuce: 4 leaves
Cucumber: halved and cut in small 1/2 inch pieces
Carrots: shredded into long 2 inch pieces
Mints: a couple of sprigs
Basil: a couple of sprigs
Cilanro: 4-5 sprigs
Tomato: halved and cut into thin slices


Use the Viet/Lao Pork Chop recipe and grill up the pork chops and set aside

Use the Spring Roll recipe or use the left over that was stored in the freezer if already made. Fry up the spring roll and set aside.

Use the Spring Roll dipping sauce recipe for the dressing

In a large bowl, put in the noodles and combine all the desired vegetables that were prepped earlier. Top the salad with sliced pork chops and spring rolls, cut into four pieces. Add the dressing and toss the ingredients. The noodle and salad are cold and the meat and eggroll should be served hot. Enjoy!

Viet/Lao Pork Chops


6-8 Pork Chops: Thin cuts
Lemongrass: Only the bottom 4 inches sliced very thin
Garlic: 4-5 Cloves, Finely chopped
Scallions: 3 Stalks, cut into 2 inch lengths
Salt: Pinch
Pepper: A dash
Sugar: 1 teaspoon
Fish sauce: 2 tablespoons
Soy Sauce: 4 tablespoons
Oyster Sauce: 2 tablespoons
Honey: 1 tablespoon
Cilantro: 5 sprigs chopped

Instructions: In a large pan or bowl, combine all the ingredients above and let it marinate for a couple of hours. Tastes best if marinated overnight. Place porkchops on the grill for about 10 minutes on each side. Cook it longer if the porkchop is thick.

The porkchops can also be broiled in the oven for about 15-20 minutes.

Spring Rolls


Thin Eggroll Shells: 1 package (frozen section in Asian markets but thawed overnight in the refrigerator prior to use)
Eggs: 2 (one for the stuffing and one to seal the roll together)

Spring Roll Stuffing:

Ground Pork: around 1 lb
Dried Wood Ear Mushrooms: 1 handful
Bean thread noodles: 2, small individual packs
Onion: one, chopped
salt: a pinch
pepper: a pinch
soy sauce: 2 tablespoons
oyster sauce: 3 tablespoons
bean sprouts: 1 lb bag
scallions: 2 whole, chopped thin
garlic: 4 cloves, finely chopped
oil: 2 tablespoons


Presoak the mushrooms in a bowl and the noodles in a separate bowl with warm water. Soak for about 20 minutes and then drain the water and place mushrooms and noodles back in their bowls. Chop the noodles into 2-3 inch pieces. In a medium stir fry pan heat up the oil. Add the garlic and then the ground pork and cook for about 10-15 minutes. Once the meat is cooked, combine the rest of the ingredients (including the mushrooms and noodles) and stir-fry for 10 minutes. Let it sit aside to cool for 30 minutes before wrapping. When the stuffing is cool, start wrapping the spring roll.

Wrapping the Spring Roll:

In the bowl of stuffing, add one egg and mix it all together and crack the other egg into a small bowl to be used as to seal the rolls at the end.

Peel one eggroll shell out and lay on a cutting board or a dinner plate. Scoop about two tablespoons of stuffing into the wrapper and fold both sides in and roll it away from you. Seal the end piece with the egg that was set aside by smearing the yolk onto the wrapper with the tip of your finger. Continue the process until you run out of stuffing or egroll shells. Fry it up immediately and store the rest in the freezer bag.