Recipe by: J’Something
PEANUT DIPPING SAUCE
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 Tablespoon hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 clove garlic, mashed (or about 1 teaspoon minced) 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
1-2 Tablespoons warm water, or more as needed
10 spring roll rice paper wrappers
1 large carrot, peeled and julienned/matchstick
1 large cucumber, julienned
1/2 of a large red pepper, julienned
1/3 cup shredded purple cabbage
1 avocado, sliced
Handful fresh coriander & Mint
5 large green lettuce leaves torn in half
20 medium cooked shrimp, peeled and sliced in half length-wise Sesame seeds
Prepare the dipping sauce: You can whisk everything together in a bowl or use a food processor. I always whisk them because it saves me from cleaning the food processor. Add everything to a medium bowl (except water and optional garnish) and whisk until smooth. Add 1-2 Tablespoons of warm water or until you reach desired thinness. Pour into a serving bowl/ramekin and top with garnish. Set aside.
Prepare the rice paper wrappers: Pour warm water into a large bowl or round baking pan. Working with one at a time, dip the rice paper wrapper into the warm water for 15-20 seconds.
You want the wrapper to be soft, yet pliable. Immediately remove from the water and place flat onto a work surface such as a large plastic or ceramic cutting board.
Pat the wrapper slightly dry.
Fill the rolls: Place a few sticks of carrot, cucumber, red pepper, and a sprinkle of cabbage on top of the bottom 1/3 of the rice paper, then a slice or two of avocado and a bit of coriander or mint. Lay 1/2 of a lettuce leaf on top and 4 pieces of prawn on top. Remember do not overstuff the roll. Start small then add more, as needed, as you roll each one.
Roll them: Roll everything up tightly.
To do so, gently pull up the bottom of the roll and roll over the filling. Then, roll and use your hands to tuck the filling in as you go. It's basically like you're rolling a burrito! Remember, you want a very tight roll. You can fold in the sides of the rice paper roll if you wish, but sometimes I don't.
After rolling each, place on a serving plate. Cut in half, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and serve with peanut sauce.
You can find these ingredients at your nearest Woolies or shop online conveniently at www.woolworths.co.za/food
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