As summer comes to a close and I am on an Asian foods kick, I wanted to share my new love of summer rolls.  These are traditionally vietnamese rolls of fresh raw veggies stuffed inside a rice paper along with a protein or veggie to round it out as a meal.  Sometimes there are also peanuts and red pepper flakes to give it crunch and a kick to accompany either a peanut sauce or a sweet and sour sauce.  I am crazy about these treats for several reasons.  They are fresh and tasty and are served cold so they would be good for a group.  When wrapped well they are beautifully plated as the rice paper is a sea-through shell revealing the inside.  They are great handheld snacks I can go on and on about these bites.

IMG_2410I started my research at a place in the Chelsea Market in NYC called beyond sushi.  Since I do not like sushi after an unfortunate experience in San Francisco this was the perfect fit as they make vegan sushi meaning no raw fish involved.  I tried the mighty mushroom which had tofu, mushrooms, and micro arugula wrapped in black rice.  I also had the sweet angel summer roll which wrapped Buckwheat Noodles, Green Asparagus, Baked Sweet Potato, Alfalfa Sprouts, Romaine Lettuce and Chili Flakes in a rice paper roll.  They both came with futuristic looking tubes of their homemade sauce.  After this experience I needed to try to copy this idea…this is still a work in progress.


IMG_2449First, I figured I would stick with what I know and more traditional flavors.  Here are some of the ingredients I tried in a variety of batches I have made.  I have also learned to make sure to season and marinade the noodles and protein in vinegar before cooking and adding to the roll for even more flavor.





Ingredients I used although I plan on trying more like beef, chicken, mango, and buckwheat noodles.


Basil Cilantro Mint Red Pepper Flakes


Tofu, Shrimp, Rice Noodles


Kimchi Carrots Caramelized Onions Cucumber Lettuce


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I know all of these need work in the presentation department, but that is why I admit to being a leaning amateur.  I tried both a peanut dipping sauce as well as the TJ’d Gyoza sauce I highlighted yesterday.  I liked them both but my favorite and most inventive one which I failed to take a picture of includes my favorite pizza toppings.  I took several fresh veggies and added pineapple and bacon to the roll.  I loved it, but maybe I loved the idea moreso because I still prefer them on my pizza best!



Dining, Food, Fun, NYC, savory

End of Summer Rolls


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