I have a confession to make: When I’m out running errands, I stop altogether too frequently to buy summer rolls for lunch. They are among my favorite things to eat because they are cold, crunchy, portable, and most importantly, come with their own dipping sauce.
My love for for a good dipping sauce knows no end.
My favorite place to buy summer rolls is in the strip mall grocery close by my house where I am practically on a first name basis with the sweet little Asian man behind the sushi counter. If he sees me coming and he doesn’t have them ready, he’ll just wave and tell me to walk around the store for a few minutes while he prepares them.
There are not a lot of ingredients in summer rolls and I’ve been thinking about saving myself $6.50 making them, so yesterday I gathered the necessary supplies and in less than 5 minutes, they were wrapped and on my lunch plate and I was dancing in the kitchen thinking about how to spend all that money I’ll save by never buying them in the grocery store again.
Don’t worry, little Asian man. I’ll still come around because you also make good strip mall grocery store sushi and something tells me that will take more than 5 minutes to make on my own, so I’m all yours.
Meredith asked for the recipe, so here it is. If you have decent knife skills, you’ll be finished making them in no time flat.
1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
1 cucumber, cut into matchsticks
a lettuce leaf
scallions (green part only), sliced thinly lengthwise
Cooked shrimp (I used edamame for a vegetarian version)
You’ll want to dip your summer roll in peanut sauce and it’s super easy to make.
Big spoonful of chunky nut butter (peanut or almond or cashew)
Medium spoonful of hoisin sauce
Smaller spoonful of garlic chili paste
Juice of a lime
Splash of soy sauce
Stir together and pop it in the microwave for about 20 second, thinning it with water and stirring until it’s the consistency you like.
The summer rolls on my plate are a little bigger than the one pictured on the cutting board. I was careful with that one since it was for the tutorial (trying not to roll my eyes at how Martha-ish that sounds as I type), but when I made the ones above, I used two slightly overlapping rice papers to make them, thinking it would help them not tear as much.
But they were still good.
And significantly less than $6.50.
Have a nice day.