Vegetable spring rolls
Time: 30 minutes + 30 minutes cooking
Serves: 4 as a side
We’ve got a Chinese supermarket near us and when I was in there recently I came across some spring roll wrappers which got me thinking of another cooking project for Hannah. I thought vegetable spring rolls would be easiest as they don’t require any pre-cooking and found a Jamie Oliver recipe I was able to simplify a wee bit. We had them as a side with our dinner but they would make a nice lunch treat or snack.
50g vermicelli noodles
1 medium carrot (or 2 small), grated
3 spring onions, finely chopped
½ red pepper, finely sliced
Thumbsized peice of ginger
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tsp Chinese five spice
8 spring roll wrappers
1 tbsp cornflour
2 tbsp water
Preheat the oven to 200C / 180C Fan
Combine the ingredients in a bowl
Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions. We just cooked them on the hob for a few minutes. Once cooked let them cool then add them to a bowl.
Prepare the vegetables and add to your bowl. I did this part in advance as the kids can’t really help with chopping yet.
Add the beansprouts to your vegetables.
Peel the ginger then get your toddler to help you grate it into the bowl.
Get your toddler to help you measure the soy sauce and oyster sauce and add that to your vegetables. I normally hold the measuring spoon and get Hannah to pour the sauce into it or vice versa. Add the Chinese five spice. Give everything a good mix.
In a small bowl, spoon in the cornflour and water and mix together until you have a thin paste.
Make the vegetable spring rolls
Lay a spring roll wrapper down on a clean surface with a point facing towards you. Get your child to spoon 2 table spoons of your mixture on to the bottom corner of the paper.
Brush each corner of the wrapper with the cornflour mixture then start rolling from the bottom up. Try and make it quite tight (Hannah needed a little help with this). When the filling is covered fold the corners in to seal the edges then keep rolling until the top corner is sealed down.
Cook the spring rolls
Lay on a baking sheet. Continue until you have made all your spring rolls.
Pop them in the oven to bake for 30 minutes or until the spring rolls are golden and crispy.
An alternative way to cook these is to heat a litre of oil in wok or saucepan. Cook the spring rolls in batches for 2-3 minutes until they’re golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon.
Serve with a sweet chilli dipping sauce.