Vietnamese Spring Rolls

This is one of my favourite Spring/ Summer dishes! Fresh, healthy, delicious and fun to make and everyone can customize their own. Place all your fillings in bowls on a table and start rolling! Dip in the peanut sauce or use the Kewpie roasted sesame dressing (store bought dressing).

Season: Spring/Summer
Servings: 4
Diet: Gluten free
Time: 50 minutes (plus optional marinating time for a couple of hours)
Difficulty: Medium


Ingredients:
Asian chicken:
• 300 gr. Chicken thighs
• 3 tbsp. Soy sauce
• 2 tbsp. of ginger finely chopped
• 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
• ½ chili pepper finely chopped
• 1 tsp. honey
• 1 tsp. sesame oil
• Sunflower oil

Peanut sauce:
• 6 heaped tbsp. of peanut butter
• 1 lime
• 2 tbsp. of soy sauce 
• Thumb size piece of grated ginger
• Half a chili pepper with seeds finely chopped
• 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
• Bunch of coriander stalks
• 1 stalk of lemongrass finely chopped
• Sesame oil

Optional fillings:
• Rice paper rolls (a must)
• Mung bean or rice noodles
• Orange and yellow bell pepper strips
• Cucumber strips
• Grated carrot
• Grated beetroot
• Thinly sliced radish
• Mint 
• Thai basil
• Coriander
• Chives 
• Thinly sliced spring onion


Preparation:
1. Slice the chicken in thin strips. Marinate it in the above ingredients (except the sunflower
oil) preferably for a couple of hours or use immediately if you don’t have enough time. Heat
up some sunflower oil and fry for a couple of minutes over a high heat until cooked and
crispy.
2. Next, make the peanut sauce. Start by finely chopping the lemon grass, chili pepper, garlic,
coriander stalks and ginger or pulse everything in a food processor until fine.
3. Heat some sesame oil in a frying pan and sauté the above ingredients for about 5 minutes.
4. Add the sautéed ingredients to a food processor or a hand blender with the peanut butter,
soy sauce and lime juice and blitz together, slowly adding about ¼ to ½ a glass of water to
make it thinner until you have a thick sauce consistency.
5. Prepare all the optional fillings.
6. Put everything on your dining table including a bowl of warm water. Dip the rice paper
rolls in the water and fill with all your favourite ingredients.

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