Prawn and Shitake Spring Rolls with Lime, Chilli and Coconut Dipping Sauce
First up – I can’t take the credit for this recipe – I found it by chance on a website called Everyday Gourmet by Justine Schofield.
These crunchy snacks are worth the fiddling around with spring roll pastry sheets and are delicious. I managed to get 14 good-sized spring rolls from the quantities shown below but if you could make them smaller if preferred.
The filling is fragrant and moist and I will definitely be experimenting with different flavours now that we’ve discovered just how easy they are to make. The dipping sauce is also divine – hot and tangy from the sambal oelek and the lime juice…
1 litre canola oil, for frying
1 kg bag of prawn cutlets, tails removed
1 egg white
1 spring onion, finely chopped
1 ½ tsp. ginger, finely grated
¼ cup coriander leaves, finely chopped
½ cup dried shitake mushrooms, soaked in warm water then squeezed dry and finely chopped.
1 tbs. soy sauce
½ tsp. sesame oil
14 sheets of square spring roll pastry
3 tbs. fresh lime juice
3 tbs. fish sauce
1 tbs. grated coconut
1 tbs. sambal oelek
1 ½ tbs. grated palm sugar
Chop the prawns into very small pieces
In a large bowl, mix the prawn, egg white, spring onions, ginger, coriander, shitake mushrooms, soy sauce and sesame oil together.
Use your hand to knead the mixture together until it come together and is slightly sticky.
Place spring roll wrapper on a flat surface with one of the points facing you.
Place approximately 2 tbs. of the mixture on the bottom third of the wrapper.
Make a neat sausage shape of the prawn mixture and fold in the point closest to you.
Now fold in both right and left points and finally roll into a tight cylinder.
Dab with some water (that has been mixed with a little flour to form a paste) and seal.
Repeat the process and place under a damp cloth until ready to deep fry.
Heat the oil in a deep pot and carefully add a small batch at a time of spring rolls.
Cook until golden brown all over.
Drain on some paper towel and serve hot with the dipping sauce.
For the Dipping Sauce:
Combine all ingredients together and mix well
Bon Appetit! 🙂