Author Notes: I have cravings. I mean those sudden and intense yearnings that only foodies have. And one of the things I crave for the most are spring rolls. And not just any rolls. I love those with lots of peanuts on them. How do you like yours? —Ana Sonali Queiroz
package of spring roll wrappers (mine had 12)
small purple cabbage – cut into little strips
tablespoons toasted ground peanuts (or 10 tablespoons of peanut butter
onions - cut finely into cubes
tablespoons sesame seeds
tablespoons sesame oil
tablespoons soy sauce
- In case the wrappers are frozen, let them defrost before making the rolls. Cook the onions with the sesame oil on a frying pan. Add the cabbage, the carrots, sesame seeds and soy sauce. Don’t cook too much; it’s nice to have some crunch in the filling. I wanted to use some thin rice noodles, but I didn’t have any. And I honestly didn’t miss them. In case you want to use them, put them on boiling water until soft and mix with the vegetables until the flavor is incorporated.
- Check the seasoning and add the ground peanuts or peanut butter. You can choose to use some sugar or not. Add little by little and taste, to avoid putting too much. Prepare your work station. It’s good to have a humid cloth on top of the wrappers, so they don’t go dry and break.
- Put one wrapper on a clean surface and position two tablespoons of filling on it. The best thing is to leave one of the tips in your direction and the filling closer to you. Fold this tip far from you. Fold the side tips to the center. Carefully, roll the roll thing far from you, rolling in the farther tip. If the wrapper is opening, use a mixture of 1 tablespoon of flour and 1 tablespoon of water as glue (use very little). Repeat the procedure with the other rolls.
- Now it’s time to choose your cooking method. You can deep fry them, stir fry or bake. I decided to use the frying pan, which makes the rolls lighter than deep frying and is quicker than baking. Put a drizzle of oil on the frying pan and position the rolls on top. Turn when golden, letting all sides go brown. That’s it! Serve them warm, with soy sauce or oyster sauce (mushroom sauce, in my case!).