mint + basil vegetable spring rolls.

spring rolls and dipping sauce

Although I'm in the kitchen constantly, I rarely venture far from my comfort zone. Even when I try new recipes, they usually contain ingredients I'm familiar with and already have in my pantry.

Spring rolls are my favorite thing to order at Thai restaurants, so in an attempt to satiate my recent cravings for them, I decided to make them myself. I felt so accomplished when they were (surprisingly) a success, I proudly showed off the photo on my phone like it was a new puppy or something. (Thanks for humoring me, guys.)

spring roll ingredients
spring roll ingredients

Spring Roll Ingredients
rice paper
fresh mint
fresh basil
bean sprouts
shaved carrots (I used a vegetable peeler to get them super thin)

Dipping Sauce Ingredients
red chili paste
hoison sauce
soy sauce
lemon or lime

spring rolls
spring rolls
spring rolls

Mint + Basil Spring Rolls
Soak the rice paper in luke warm water for 30 seconds or until soft enough to work with. On a paper towel or parchment paper, place basil leaves, mint leaves, bean sprouts, and shaved carrots in the middle of the rice paper. Gently roll it up (like you would a burrito). The rice paper isn't as temperamental as it seems, so if you mess it up just unroll and start over.

Sweet + Spicy Dipping Sauce
I ended up just figuring out the sauce as I went, not measuring anything. Start out with red chili paste, then add soy sauce, hoisin sauce and honey until it is the perfect amount of sweet and spicy flavors. Then add citrus juice and zest, which makes the sauce.