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Summer Rolls with Fried Tofu, Cilantro, and Mint

These delightful summer rolls with tofu are perfect when you want a light meal on a warm day

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These delightful summer rolls with tofu are perfect when you want a light meal. Serve with a simple shredded cabbage salad tossed with a prepared dressing and navel orange wedges. If you’ve never worked with rice paper before, don’t be intimidated. The wrappers are delicate, but just work carefully and you’ll get the hang of it quickly.


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Summer Rolls with Fried Tofu, Cilantro, and Mint

Servings
4

Ingredients

  • 7 oz. firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 3 oz. rice stick noodles
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 bunch fresh mint leaves
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced into thin sticks
  • 8 (9-inch) round rice paper wrappers
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 4 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs. rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp. chili garlic sauce, or to taste

Preparation

Drain tofu, and blot dry with paper towels. Cut tofu into 32 stick-shaped pieces. Lightly coat tofu pieces with flour. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tofu to skillet, and cook until golden brown. Drain tofu slices on paper towels.

In large bowl, place noodles. Cover with boiling water. Let sit until softened, 5 minutes. Drain noodles, and set aside.

Working with one wrapper at a time, soften in warm water for 20 to 30 seconds. Lay softened wrappers on dry dishcloth. Three inches from bottom of wrapper, place 4 cilantro leaves, 4 mint leaves, 1 stick of carrot, a small mound of noodles and 4 pieces of tofu.

Gently lift bottom edge of wrapper over filling. Fold sides into center over filling, and continue rolling tightly. Repeat procedure with remaining wrappers and filling. Slice rolls in half at an angle.

In small bowl, mix together soy sauce, rice vinegar and chili garlic sauce. Serve rolls with dipping sauce on side.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories 301
  • Carbohydrate Content 49 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 8 g
  • Fiber Content 3 g
  • Protein Content 9 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 1 g
  • Sodium Content 1063 mg
  • Sugar Content 0 g
From 2002