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Asian "Chicken" Rolls

These crispy spring rolls make a perfect appetizer for a full-blown Asian dinner of fried rice, sweet-and-sour tofu or crispy noodles. The accompanying dipping sauce offers a satisfying counterpoint to the Jasmine tea, which is the ideal beverage. Ginger ice cream complements the meal.

Ingredients: 

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“Chicken” Rolls

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1 Tbs. plus 1 cup vegetable oil for frying
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6 oz. soy "chicken" strips
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1 tsp. onion powder
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1 tsp. garlic powder
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6 rice paper wrappers
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1 packed cup shredded carrots
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12 stems cilantro, rinsed and trimmed
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½ cup fresh mint leaves

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Dipping Sauce

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⅓ cup fresh lime juice
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¼ cup water
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¼ cup sugar, or to taste
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1 tsp. minced garlic
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1 tsp. Asian chili paste, or to taste
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¼ cup shredded carrots

Instructions: 

  1. To make “Chicken” Rolls: Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large wok or skillet over medium heat. Toss “chicken” strips with onion and garlic powders, and stir-fry for about 5 minutes. Remove them from heat, and drain on paper towels.
  2. Moisten rice paper wrappers, two sheets at a time, by dipping sheets in cold water for about 10 seconds. Set them aside on a flat surface until they are soft and pliable, about 1 minute. Assemble remaining ingredients in separate equal-sized piles on work surface, making sure mint and cilantro stems are trimmed. Starting with first roll on edge closest to you, place several pieces of “chicken” on a wrapper, and layer on top shredded carrots, leafy sprigs of cilantro and several mint leaves. Wrap up roll tightly by starting at closest rounded end, taking 1 turn. Fold in each side over filling, and continue rolling up wrapper tightly into a neat packet. Repeat process until done.
  3. Heat remaining 1 cup of oil in a large wok or skillet over medium heat. Fry rolls until they are golden on all sides, for about 3 minutes. Remove them from heat, and drain them on paper towels.
  4. Meanwhile, to make Dipping Sauce: Combine all ingredients, stirring until sugar dissolves. Pour into a small serving bowl.
  5. To serve, arrange rolls on a serving plate, garnish them with crushed peanuts if desired and pass with Dipping Sauce.

Nutrition Information: 

Calories: 
310
Protein: 
14 g
Total Fat: 
11 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
Carbohydrates: 
45 g
Cholesterol: 
mg
Sodium: 
180 mg
Fiber: 
5 g
Sugar: 
22 g
Yield: 
SERVES 2