At almost every opportunity, we visit our nearest and most favorite Thai restaurant. Whether we have time for lunch or a date or even just takeout, we stop for curry whenever we can. The steamy rice, the fragrant curry, the friendly staff, the slow sweat that starts under your eyes.
It's not just the curry that lures us in, though. We joke that the employees groan when they see us arrive because we're those people. The people who order the summer rolls. The only people who order the summer rolls.
I'll be honest with you. They're not easy to make. There's a learning curve involved, but that makes them kind of like a fun challenge. But you can handle this challenge. You can make the homemade summer rolls – I have faith in you!
Stare into the soul of your fridge to see what you've got at the moment. Chop and prepare the vegetables. Soak the rice papers. Carefully wrap them so you don't tear the rice papers. Mix the sauce up in a bowl. And then, finally, crunch your way through healthy, light bundles of veggies conveniently wrapped up into handheld dip vessels.
Speaking of dip... these are made for dipping
Dippability is key here. Summer rolls are the perfect vehicles for two very important kinds of dip.
Dip 1 — Creamy, sweet and tangy peanut butter dip.
Dip 2 – Sticky, sour and sweet chili garlic sauce.
Strategy – Dip summer roll in the chili garlic sauce first, then proceed to dip summer roll into peanut sauce.
This recipe includes a few ingredients that may not be easy to find. That's what our beloved Amazon is for!
Rice noodles – This is my absolute favorite brand! I used to be able to get them at a local health food store, but they no longer carry them. Amazon saves the day again!
Fish Sauce (which can be subbed for tamari or soy sauce)Print