Bamboo Roll

There is quite some history related to this recipe! When I was at University, I had a Vietnamese roommate who introduced me to Fresh Vietnamese spring rolls. The first time we prepared them in our student kitchen, I was really amazed by their taste and and how fresh and light they were. Over the years (many since then! :-) ), I would prepare these rolls for all my friends and family and everyone loved them. In the beginning, we would usually put lettuce, cucumber, chicken and some rice noodles inside the rolls. And maybe garnish with some sweet Thai basil or mint leaves. Mint leaves are actually fantastic inside this roll.

So now I was thinking about a version that would contain Superfood – and I remembered a roll at our most favorite Japanese restaurant here in Miami, Doraku (by the way, if you live in Miami or ever come visit, this is a must-visit place!). They have a roll in the menu, which is called the Bamboo roll – and it is also a roll made with rice paper and many vegetables inside.

This recipe contains the following 3 Superfoods:

  • Brown rice
  • Avocado
  • Carrots

Ingredients:

  • Avocado, cut into slices
  • Tomato, cut into slices
  • Carrots, cut into thin juliennes
  • Cucumber, cut into sticks (as long as the roll will be, about 9 cm/ 3 in)
  • Crab sticks, cut into half
  • Brown rice, already cooked
  • Rice paper (make sure to buy “sticky” and stable ones – this brand here is really good, you can get them at any Asia shop or these were even available at wholefoods)

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Preparation:

  • The preparation looks complicated, but it’s actually super easy
  • Take 1 rice paper and make it wet with some warm water , put on a plate and wait until it is soft (takes 5 seconds!)
  • Place first the rice and then all the other ingredients carefully on the rice paper
  • Fold over on both sides, then roll up tightly

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  • Cut the roll in half and enjoy with some greek yoghurt-ketchup-lime dip or a peanut-soy-agave sauce (my favorite)

Peanut-Soy-Agave sauce:

  • Heat a pan, pour some soy sauce inside, then slowly dissolve the peanut butter in the soy sauce, until you have a nice thick sauce
  • Add agave syrup to sweeten to your taste, add water if the taste is too sweet or too salty

Greek yoghurt dip:

  • Mix greek yoghurt and ketchup (a third of the amount of greek yoghurt), some lime juice, salt & pepper together

This dish is perfect for a hot summer day, as an appetizer, for lunch or dinner!

ăn ngon miệng nhé (“Enjoy your meal” in Vietnamese)

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