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Vietnamese Style Fresh Spring Rolls With Korean Jap Chae

This recipe combines Korean Style Jap Chae and Spicy Cucumber Salad in a Vietnamese style Fresh Spring Roll. It's a quick meal idea if using leftovers of Jap Chae and Spicy Cucumber Salad. It makes a wonderful light meal or snack. It can be prepared ahead of time for picnic.

Ingredients

Korean Style Jap Chae

  • 5 tbsp Low Sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp sesame seed oil
  • ¾ lb dry sweet potato noodles (rehydrated according to package, rinsed with cold water and drained)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ¼ medium onion, chopped
  • 1 hot chilli pepper (sliced thinly, optional)
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 carrot, sliced thinly
  • 1 leek, sliced thinly or 2 cups spinach
  • 6 dried shiitake mushrooms, rehydrated and thinly sliced
  • 1 sweet red pepper (thinly sliced, optional)
  • ½ cup shrimps (peeled, deveined and rinsed with salt)

Korean Style Spicy Cucumber Salad

  • 2 cups cucumber (deseeded, cut thinly lengthwise into 3 inch portions)
  • 1 to 3 tsp Korean hot pepper powder, adjust according to taste
  • 1 tsp Gochujang, or Korean chili paste
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sesame seed oil
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder

Spring Roll Assembly

  • 1 package Vietnamese rice paper wrap (can be obtained at most Asian grocery stores)
  • fresh basil leaves (2 leaves per spring roll)

Directions

Korean Style Jap Chae

  1. Fry in cooking oil chopped onion, garlic and hot chilli pepper, if using hot peppers.
  2. Add shrimp and fry until tender but cooked. Remove from pan (to avoid overcooking) and set aside.
  3. Add thinly sliced carrot, mushrooms and leeks.
  4. Mix together sesame seed oil, brown sugar and soy sauce and set aside.
  5. Add cooked sweet potato noodles. If noodles start to burn, it might be necessary to lower heat.
  6. Add soy sauce mixture over noodles and stir. If noodles are not sufficiently tender, may need to add some water 1/4 cup at a time.
  7. Once noodles are sufficiently tender and mixed, add sliced red peppers. Remove from heat.

Korean Style Spicy Cucumber Salad

  1. Mix together all ingredients for Spicy Cucumber salad and set aside for about 1 hour before use in Fresh Spring Rolls.

Spring Roll Assembly

  1. Soak a rice paper sheet in about 1/2 inch paper until tender, usually just a couple of minutes. Soak sheets one at a time just prior to use in spring roll assembly.
  2. Grease lightly the surface to be used for rolling the spring rolls, to prevent rice paper from sticking, when assembling the rolls.
  3. Place a couple of forkfuls of Jap Chae, with some shrimp near the middle of the soft rice sheet. Place a couple of spicy cucumber slices on top of the noodles. If basil is available place 2 basil leaves on top of cucumber.
  4. Roll rice paper as tightly as possible. May serve with sauce leftover from Korean Spicy Cucumber salad.

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