Chinese Spring Rolls with three dipping sauces

SPRING rolls春捲
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These are great as a party food or also as a finger food for movie night. We even have them for dinner and serve them with some cucumber sticks or salad. Either way they’re delicious and a real crowd pleaser too. And really not as difficult as they may seem.
The vegetables are adjustable to whatever you may have lying around in your fridge or whatever is in season, add any of the following, the total should come up to one pound of vegetables approximately for this recipe. At least 4 or 5 different kinds is best. The ones marked with an asterix are the vegetables I have used in my Spring Rolls.

carrots*, shredded or cut into sticks
bamboo shoots
shiitake (soaked and stem removed)
chestnut mushrooms*
cabbage, shredded*
paksoi*
sugar snap peas*,
green beans
finely sliced red bell pepper
onions*,
beans sprouts*,
peanuts,
basil,
cilantro*,

PREP TIME : 30 MINUTES
COOKING TIME: 15 MINUTES
MAKES : 10 MEDIUM OR 20 SMALL

INGREDIENTS SPRING ROLLS:
4 oz. rice noodles soaked
1 tbsp. vegetable oil for frying, divided
1 lb. mixed vegetables
1 tsp. grated ginger
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine or dry white wine
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. Ketjap Manis
1 tsp. Sambal Oelek or more
1 teaspoon sesame oil
black pepper, to taste
2 tsp. Boemboe Sate (sate seasoning)

For the meat or tofu:
• 8 ounces ground pork/chicken or scrambled tofu
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• ½ teaspoon sesame oil
• 1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine or white wine
• 1 tbsp. black bean sauce
• ¼ teaspoon white pepper

FOR WRAPPING:
1 package 8″ square spring roll wrappers
• 1 tablespoon cornstarch, dissolved in 1 tablespoon water for sealing the spring rolls
• Canola, peanut or vegetable oil, for frying

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DIPPING SAUCES;
Sate Sauce:
• Sate sauce see Chicken Saté (Saté Ajam)

Sticky Red Chili Sauce:
• 1 tbsp. Lemon juice
• 1 tbsp. honey or agave if vegan
• 1 tbsp. sambal oelek
• 4 tbsp. Ketchup
• 1 tsp. sesame oil
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.

Garlic Lime Cashew Sauce:
• 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked in boiling water for one hour, drained
• 1/4 cup water or more
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 tablespoon lime juice, or to taste
• 1 tbsp. aple cider vinegar
• 1 tsp. maple syrup
• 1 heaping teaspoon tahini
• 1 small garlic clove
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1/2 tsp. onion powder
• salt and pepper, or to taste
Mix in a high speed blender until smooth.

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INSTRUCTIONS SPRING ROLLS:
1. Place the noodles in a large bowl, cover with boiling water and leave for 2 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold water, then set aside.
2. Heat a large frying pan or wok, add half the oil.
3. When hot, add the meat or tofu to the pan and fry for a few minutes, adding the seasoning after the first minute, cook until cooked thru. Transfer to a large bowl.
4. Put the pan back on the heat and add the remaining oil.
5. Add the vegetables when hot and stir fry for 5 minutes approximately. After the first minute of cooking you add the spice mix and the remaining ingredients. Tossing to coat everything.
6. Place into the bowl with the rice noodles.
7. Toss everything together.
8. In a small bowl, blend the cornflour and 2 tablespoons of cold water.
9. Next, lay two spring-roll wrapper, smooth-side down, on a clean surface as a diamond shape, with one corner pointing down towards you.
10. Spoon 3 tablespoons of the filling on the bottom corner of the double wrapper. Brush each corner with the cornflour mixture, then start rolling up from the bottom. When the filling is covered, pull the corners in from each side (to seal the ends as you go). Continue rolling until the filling is tightly covered, then press to seal the top corner.
11. Lay the finished rolls on a large plate that has been oiled lightly and cover with a damp tea towel. Continue until you’ve filled all the wrappers.
12. Heat the oil in a large wok or saucepan over a medium heat.
13. Carefully lower the spring rolls into the oil and deep-fry for 2–3 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.
14. Serve with the dipping sauces.

Enjoy!
Myra XO

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Lemongrass and Ginger Grilled Chicken Banh Mi with Ginger Lime Sriracha Mayo

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…AND CRUNCHY VIETNAMESE MANGO SLAW!

Don’t let the long list of ingredients put you off, this is actually very easy, there are just a few steps that need to be taken, and believe me you won’t be sorry. Because these Lemon grass and Ginger grilled Chicken Banh Mi are the business!
The smell in my kitchen when I was grilling the chicken was incredible…
Grilling the chicken gives it an amazing caramelized crispy sticky outside. Serve on a warm baguette with crunchy Vietnamese Slaw and drizzle with the ginger lime Sriracha mayo. Full of sweet, savoury, sour and spicy notes
Good times, I promise!
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SERVES 4

INGREDIENTS BANH MI:

• 4 Baguettes
• Grilled Chicken, sliced
• Vietnamese Slaw
• Ginger Lime Sriracha Mayo
• Cucumber, about half, sliced
• Cilantro (Koriander) , a handful. Roughly chopped
• Lots of paper napkins!

CHICKEN:
• 1 pounds chicken breasts or thighs, de-boned

MARINADE:
• 2 tbsp. soy sauce
• 2 tbsp. fish sauce
• 1 tbsp. coconut sugar
• 1 tbsp. honey
• 2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
• 2 tsp. fresh peeled and grated ginger
• 1 lemongrass stalk, bashed with the side of a meat hammer
• 1 tablespoon chopped Thai (or Sweet) basil
• 1 tsp. hot sauce
• Zest and juice of 1 medium lime
• 1 garlic clove , minced (about 1 teaspoon)
• Cooking oil spray
• Freshly ground black pepper

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METHOD:
1. Whisk all marinade ingredients together in a measuring cup. Pour over chicken thighs or breasts and seal bag or place in a large dish and cover.
2. Marinate for at one hour or up to 4 hours in the refrigerator.
3. Remove from fridge and bring to room temperature one hour before grilling.
4. Heat your griddle pan.
5. Remove chicken from bag. Pat dry with kitchen paper. Discard marinade.
6. Spray both sides of thighs with oil. Place on griddle pan.
7. Season generously with black pepper.
8. Grill for about 2 minutes on each side on high.
9. Lower the heat.
10. Continue grilling until thighs are done, about 7 to 10 minutes more. Chicken will feel firm to the touch. Let rest for 5 minutes before cutting.

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VIETNAMESE MANGO SLAW:
• 2 cups shredded cabbage
• 4 spring onions, finely sliced
• 2 medium carrots, cut in to julienne
• 1/2 Mango, peeled and cut in to julienne
• 1 cup bean sprouts
• 1/2 bunch coriander, washed
• 1/2 bunch Thai basil
• 1 long red chili, de-seeded
• 1/2 garlic clove, finely chopped
• 1 tsp. ginger, peeled and grated
• 1/4 cup lemon juice
• 2 tbsp fish sauce
• 2 tbsp. ginger syrup (from the jar of candied stem ginger)

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METHOD SLAW:
1. Place cabbage in a bowl with the spring onions, bean sprouts and carrots. Roughly chop the coriander and Thai basil and add to the bowl. Cut the chilli in half then cut across into fine strips.
2. Add the chilli to the bowl.
3. Place the remaining ingredients into a small jar and shake well until the sugar has dissolved. Dress the salad.
4. Put on some plastic disposable gloves and start mixing well with your hands – make sure it all gets covered in dressing or it will taste bland.

GINGER LIME SRIRACHA MAYO:
• 3/4 cup Mayo
• 1 piece candied stem ginger in syrup, finely chopped or grated
• 2 tsp. Sriracha sauce
• Juice of half a lime
METHOD MAYO:
1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with a spoon.

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TO ASSEMBLE THE BANH MI:
Pre heat the oven to 200° C / 400° F
1. Slightly dampen the baguettes with a little water. Wrap them in foil and heat them in the oven for about 10 minutes.
2. Remove from oven. Remove foil and discard.
3. Carefully slice open. Hot!
4. Spread a generous amount of the Ginger Lime Sriracha mayo on the bottom of the baguette.
5. Then a layer of sliced cucumber.
6. Then the grilled chicken.
7. Top with Vietnamese Slaw
8. Sprinkle over some cilantro
9. Drizzle over some more mayo
10. Put the top of the Baguette on.

Serve with plenty of paper napkins!

Enjoy!
Myra XO

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Korean Beef

Korean Beef Bowls

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When I’m looking for a super easy dinner that I know will satisfy everyone’s taste buds, I often make this recipe.

These Korean beef bowls are made with thinly sliced beef cooked in a sweet and savory sauce, served with steamed rice or rice noodles and plenty of veggies, whichever ones you happen to have.

The sauce is one of my favourites; soy sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger are a few of the key ingredients that makes this so delicious.


Prep Time : 10 minutes

Cook Time : 10 minutes

Total Time : 20 minutes


Servings : 4

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INGREDIENTS: 

  • 2 lbs.  steak, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 3 garlic, grated or minced
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 4 tbsp.light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. coconut sugar or regular
  • 3 tbsp. oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp. Gochujang or sambal oelek
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tsp. fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions and/or Coriander
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a small bowl, whisk together the ginger, garlic, ground black pepper,soy sauce, sugar, oyster sauce, Gochujang or sambal oelek,  sesame oil and fish sauce.

Slice the beef as thinly as you can and coat with a teaspoon of sesame oil.

Have all your other ingredients ready, like the vegetables and noodles or rice, because this really takes just a few minutes to make.

Mix the corn starch with the white wine in an other little bowl or mug.

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Heat a large frying pan, when really hot, add the beef and saute for a few minutes until it starts to get nice and brown. Lower the heat and add the sauce, bring to a simmer and add the corn starch-white wine slurry you’ve made. Add a little more water if necessary.

Cook for 1 more minute or until sauce has thickened. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Dived your vegetables and rice or noodles between the bowls and spoon over the beef and sauce, sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and coriander and/or sliced green onions.

Enjoy!

Myra XO

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Coconut Lime Tempéh with Peanut Sauce and Banana Chips

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This delicious Tempeh dish will blow you away with it’s sweetness from the Coconut and the Lime for that acidic touch. Perfectly balanced. A smooth Peanut sauce that all comes together in minutes. Tempeh is definitely one of my favourite vegan proteins and we eat it all the time. It’s very versatile, super healthy, and fat free.
It is best to boil it first to remove any bitterness and then proceed with the recipe. You’ll end up with a delicious tempeh full of flavour and with a great bite.


Prep time : 10 minutes
Cooking time : 15 minutes
Makes : 4 servings


INGREDIENTS:

• 1 block of tempeh, (16 oz. / 450 gr)
• 1 tbsp. coconut oil
• 1 shallot
• 2 garlic
• 1 tbsp. minced ginger
• 1 tbsp. green curry paste
• 1 tsp. sambal oelek
• 1 can coconut milk, preferably full fat
• About 1 cup water
• ½ – 1 tsp salt or fish sauce
• 1 tbsp coconut sugar, or gula java
• 2 tbsp lime juice
• 2 tbsp peanut butter
• A handful of toasted salted peanuts for serving
• A handful Banana chips for serving
• More lime wedges for serving

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Start by cutting the tempeh in half and boiling it on medium heat for 5 minutes.
After this time, remove and set aside to cool.
When cool enough to handle, cut into large-ish chunks, about 1”/ 2.5 cm pieces.
In a large pan heat the coconut oil and add the tempeh. Frying on all sides for about 5 minutes. Remove to a plate and reserve.
Add the finely chopped shallot, garlic and ginger to the pan and cook gently until fragrant.
Add the curry paste and sambal and cook for one more minute. Carefully add the coconut milk, fish sauce or salt, coconut sugar, peanut butter and lime juice. Bring to a simmer.
Add the tempeh and cook for about 15 minutes.
Serve with on a bed of rice, with the toasted peanuts and coconut chips and more lime wedges.

Enjoy!
Myra XO

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Char Siu Chicken

Char Siu Chicken

This is a delicious and simple recipe for Char Siu Chicken, made in the comfort of your own home with just a few ingredients in less than ten minutes.

And better than take out! What I truly miss in my village is a China Town, a great China Town like in new York where you can buy amazing take out like Roast meats or Duck. Just thinking about it makes me hungry (again).
But I have come up with this super easy and quick Char Siu Chicken which satisfies my Asian Food cravings. There are tons of recipes out there for Char Siu mostly using pork but I love making it with chicken breast. I don’t add any food coloring, but you can if you like and want the visual resemblance. Since I’m not grilling on charcoal which gives the authentic flavour, I’ve added some liquid smoke. This is optional because it still tastes great if you don’t have it in your pantry. You’re going to love it, its sticky, it’s sweet and super juicy.
It’s best left to marinate over night but a few hours will give a great flavour too.

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

• 1 lb. Chicken Breasts
• 1 1/2 tbsp. Soy Sauce
• 2 tbsp. Hoisin Sauce
• 1 tbsp. Honey
• 1 tbsp. Brown Sugar
• 1 tsp. grated ginger
• 2 cloves Garlic, peeled and grated
• 1/2 tsp. Five spice
• 1 tbsp. Lemon Juice
• Few drops liquid smoke
• A little oil for griddle pan

Char Siu Chicken

 

Instructions:

Mix all the marinade ingredients in a rectangular dish big enough to hold the chicken breasts in one layer.
Place the chicken breasts in the marinade and turn to cover completely.
Cover with cling film and put away in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
Remove the chicken breast from the fridge about 30 minutes before grilling.
Heat a griddle pan to medium heat and brush with a little oil.
Take the chicken breasts out of the marinade and place onto the griddle pan.
Grill for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side until cooked thru.
Remove to a cutting board and gently cover with foil, rest for a few minutes before cutting into slices. Serve straight away with Asian Coleslaw (see recipe under starters/salads).

Enjoy!

Myra XO

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Chinese Dumplings

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Hello friends,

Let me tell you about these amazing dumplings. I just love these so much, I don’t think I can ever live without them again. I don’t want to and I don’t plan to. And by that, I mean having a portion or two in the freezer ready to steam at a moments notice.

I do have to confess, that I am not the greatest dumpling shaper, but as longs as the little package is closed, who cares. The flavor of the filling is the best ever. You can use this dumpling recipe to make wonton soup, pot stickers, or even deep fry them and serve them as wontons.

They do take a little time and patience, but it’s worth the effort. Just take your time.

I used to watch my mom make these as a kid, and she would sit at the dining room table with a glass of Sherry, and make it an “afternoon thing”. She would make tons for parties and we loved them big time. It has always been one of my favourite snacks.

Now I have them as dinner because they’re just too good to just eat a few.

This filling is inspired on her recipe but with my own twist.

Make ‘em, Love ‘em and thank me later (;

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Juicy and tender dumplings, better than take out. (Can be frozen)

Ingredients Chinese Dumplings:

  • 200 gr. / ½ lb. finely chopped raw shrimp
  • 300 gr. / ½ lb. ground pork
  • 1 cup shredded white cabbage
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp.  freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. sambal oelek
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 40 won ton wrappers (store bought) cut into 4 or home made,
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, or more, as needed

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine shrimp, pork, cabbage, garlic, green onions, ginger, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, sambal oelek, and egg. Season with pepper.
  2. To assemble the dumplings, place wrappers on a work surface. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the pork mixture into the center of each wrapper. Place the dumpling in your hand and using your finger, rub the edges of the wrappers with water. Fold the dough over the filling to create a half-moon shape, pinching the edges to seal.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, add dumplings in a single layer and cook until bottoms begin to brown, about 30 seconds. Add 1/2 cup water, cover and cook/steam for about 4 minutes; uncover and cook until the liquid has evaporated completely and the bottoms are crisp and golden brown, about 2 more minutes. Repeat with remaining dumplings, adding more vegetable oil as needed.
  4. Serve immediately with dipping sauce.

Ingredients Dipping sauce:

  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp. sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • Add some sliced chili Mix together

Mix together in a small bowl.

Ingredients Wonton wrappers:

  • 4oo gr. plain flour
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • About 200 ml. / a little less than 1 cup water
  • Corn starch

Instructions;

Mix the ingredients in a bowl until it comes together. Don’t add all the water at once but see how it goes. Add a little flour if it’s too wet or a little water if  it’s too dry.

Knead for about 10 minutes.

Form a ball and leave, covered with plastic, to rest for about 20 minutes.

Roll out the dough onto a floured surface. Shape into a square and cut into smaller squares.

Roll into small balls.

Again roll out each ball into a disk, using enough corn starch so they don’t stick.

Enjoy!

Myra XO

Five Spice Slow roasted Pork Belly

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I Couldn’t wait to share this with you. A great change from all things turkey.
I think Asian is pretty much the opposite of turkey and I really needed that. I love the holidays and everything about them, but it’s time for something completely different.
This five spice slow roasted pork belly is going to drive you mad with delight once you’ve tasted it.
Tender as can be with and a super crispy skin, aka crackling!
And best of all, this piece cost me around € 6, 50 is weighs around 1.3 kg. / 2.8 lbs and you could easily serve six people from this piece. Hallelujah to that.
It’s important that you dry the skin very very well, then make cuts in it with a Stanley knife but not all the way thru to the meat, just the fat.
I’ve marinated it overnight in a plastic zip lock bag, skin side facing up so that that part is not in the marinade.
Then the next day, bake in a hot oven for 20 minutes, then on slow for 2 1/2 hours. This may seem like a long time and it is, but you want to render away as much fat as possible.

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Ingredients;
1 pork belly, without bone  about 1.3 kg / 2.8 lbs.
1″grated fresh ginger, (don’t bother peeling it first)
1 garlic clove, peeled and grated
1 tsp. Chinese Five Spice
1 tbsp. Pure Sesame Oil
2 tbsp. Hoisin Sauce
1 tbsp. Honey
1 1/2 tbsp. Soy Sauce or tamari  (gluten free)
1 tbsp. Conimex Ketjap Manis

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Method;

Mix the marinade in a bowl.

Place the pork in a zip lock bag, skin side down , pour and rub all the marinade over the meat, close the bag and carefully turn the skin side up.
Place the bag on a plate and leave to marinade for at least 8 hours or preferably overnight.

The next day,  Pre heat the oven to 220°C / 430°F

Remove the pork from the fridge an hour before cooking.

Remove the meat from marinade and discard the bag and juices.
Dry thoroughly with kitchen paper.

Take a sharp Stanley knife and make cuts all over the skin side of the belly diagonally, a third of an inch apart if you can.  All the way thru the fat but not yet touching the meat. This is important!

Rub with some salt and place in a roasting tin that has been lined with a double layer of foil.
Place in the hot oven and cook for about 20 minutes.
Lower the heat to 160°C / 320°F and cook for an other 2 1/2 hours. Cover loosely with some foil if the skin gets to dark, the foil does have to be tented to keep the crispyness.

Remove from oven. Let rest for 10 minutes. Slice and serve with rice noodles, Bok Choy and some hoisin sauce. Or any other vegetable of choice. Leftovers are heavenly and it also freezes well, but you do have to remove the skin because this can get a little chewy after freezing.

If you try this recipe let me know! Leave a comment below and don’t forget to snap a pic and tag it #thecookingspoonblog  on instagram! You’ll make my day.

Not quite what you’re looking for? How about Sticky Shrimp & Pineapple with Jasmin Rice.