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Spicy Tofu Spring Rolls

  • 1/2 Firm Tofu
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup red and yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • Several leaves of Radicchio
  • Handful of Cilantro
  • Handful of thai basil
  • Rice paper
  • Hot water

 

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Thinly slice the cucumber, onions, carrots, and bell peppers. Cut tofu lengthwise and pat dry with paper towel. Sprinkle a pinch of salt on tofu. Cook the tofu until skin becomes crispy and golden brown. 

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Peanut Red Pepper Sauce

  • 1 Tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon korean red pepper paste (꼬추장) 
  • 1/2 lime
  • Drizzle of agave
  • Drizzle of sesame oil

This sauce has a clean spicy sweet and sour flavor. To make the sauce, mix all ingredients together. You can substitute the red pepper paste with hoisin sauce if you don't like your food spicy. Adjust flavor to your liking by adding more lime for sour, or more agave for sweetness.  

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Double layer the rice paper to prevent the skin from ripping. Dip the two rice paper in hot water (not boiling water) until skin is soft. About 1 minute. Lay the rice paper on flat surface. Lay the vegetables towards one side of skin. I use the radicchio leave for last to keep the vegetables in place so it will be easier to handle when wrapping. If there is too much moisture on the skin, it starts to get too slippery and if the skin starts to dry, they stick to your fingers. The trick is to move as quick as possible. Don't worry, practice makes perfect. If you are making this for a party, you can prepare them ahead of them. Just don't lay them on top of each other because the skins will start to stick together. Don't let them touch. Cut in half to display the beautiful colors right before serving. Enjoy.

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Note: If you are preparing ahead of time, make sure the rice paper is soft in the hot water. About 1 minute. I usually keep a pot of hot water on stand by and switch it out when I feel like the water cooled down. If the rice paper is not soften correctly, the skin tends to get hard, making it unpleasant to eat.