Nellie’s spring rolls

Vietnamese spring rolls can be incredibly expensive when buying them in a restaurant, however they are amazingly cheap and easy to make at home. In addition you can vary the recipe however you prefer it, making it the ultimate food for non-vegetarians, vegetarians, and vegans.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • Rice paper
  • Rice noodles (thin)
  • A handful of salad leaves
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 pack of tofu
  • A handful of peanuts
  • A handful of mint
  • Some soy sauce

How I make it:

  1. Marinade the tofu in some soy sauce, the longer you will marinade it, the stronger it will taste. Once you have marinated your tofu, cut it in slices and fry it in a pan with a little vegetable oil.
  2. Boil some water and put your rice noodles in a bowl. Pour the boiling water over the noodles and let it sit for 3 minutes and then drain the water. This can vary depending on which noodles you buy, best check the package for accurate information!
  3. Cut your cucumber and avocado in slices and wash the salad and the mint leaves.
  4. Prepare a large flat, but bowl-like object (I usually use a pan) and fill it with warm tap water. Put one rice paper at a time in it, until they get a bit softer and then place them on a plate. Careful! This can happen very fast. Do not let them become too soft, as it will become difficult to work with them afterwards
  5. Now you can start putting your ingredients of choice on the paper and then roll it together, similar like you would roll a burrito. I usually start with some salad and some mint, then I add some peanuts, 1-2 slices of avocado, 1-2 slices of cucumber, a piece of tofu and some rice noodles.
  6. Be sure to not fill your spring roll up too much, as it can be difficult to role it later. It might take you some attempts until you figure out how to do it best, however once you have got the trick figured out you will be able to do it in no time.
  7. Lastly, pour some soy sauce in a bowl as a dip and enjoy!

This recipe is part of LUGO’s vegan challenge. In the month of April the LUGO team isn’t consuming any animal products and we hope you’ll join us! A yummy new recipe will be posted twice a week, to make sure this month isn’t so much a challenge as an opportunity to try new things while benefitting the environment!