I do love spring roll, especially the Filipino version.
Filipino spring rolls are more ‘meaty’ in the sense that it can be made with minced pork or beef. They can also be made with prawns and shrimps. Of course, it can be vegetarian, but the Filipino version doesn’t stop with bean sprouts. A variety of chopped vegetables, which are then flavours with spices can be had.
And to complement these delicious little parcel, there are different sauces that will enhance these wrapped goodies further.
I am currently researching the best ingredients for an ultra delicious spring rolls or lumpia.
Peter and I love crispy seaweeds. We always order it as one of our starters when we dine out in Chinese restaurants.
There is something about its crispy texture that is rather pleasing to the tastebuds.
Of course we are well aware that this seaweed is not really seaweed as we know it. It did not come from the sea. 🙂 In fact it is made from finely shredded spring green cabbage.
Peter asked me why is it then called a seaweed?!!! To hazard guest, I think because it does look like a seaweed when it is being prepared and cooked. Its corrugated crispy texture is like seaweed.
Anyway, as I have said, it is quite delicious and here a recipe for it.
Crispy Seaweed Recipe
250 g Spring green cabbage (Kale is a good substitute)
1½ tsp caster sugar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp shrimp powder (optional)
Oil for deep frying
Method of Preparation:
Prepare the spring green by washing it completely and ridding it of grits and little insects, you never know! 🙂 . Trim off the tough stalks that run through each leaf. Drain the leaves thoroughly with kitchen paper towels.
Using a good chopping board and an equally good and sharp knife, sliced the leaves into thin ribbons.
Spread them in a flat surface for 10-15 minutes to allow them to completely dry.
Heat the oil in a wok or a deep-fat fryer.
To cook the finely shredded cabbage evenly, they must be done in batches. Carefully lower a bit of the spring green shreds into the hot oil. When they have been cook they would crinkle and float. Remove them with a slotted ladle and put them over kitchen paper towels to soak up excess oil. Do the same thing with the rest of the batch.
For the topping, mix the the sugar and salt with the shrimp powder and sprinkle over the cabbage.
I will not be telling porkies here but making sushi is somewhat difficult! I am not only talking about the process of rolling these little babies but actually more on the ingredients and the preparation.
The rice! It has to be cooked to perfection and the fish and vegetables should be at their freshest.
Before you say no to sushi making, please stop! 🙂 We should all be reminded that Rome was not built in a day, as the saying goes. We have to persevere; make an effort and acquire new skill for a potentially delicious reap.
This is aesthetically pleasing to the eye and the tastebuds. As you cut into the egg, the still runny yolk deliciously gush out from the inside. The saltiness of the caviar give this recipe that ‘nuttiness’ goodness! 🙂
Bring a deep saucepan of water to the boil (at least 2 litres) and add the vinegar. Break the eggs into 4 separate coffee cups or ramekins. Split the muffins, toast them and warm some plates.
Swirl the vinegared water briskly to form a vortex and slide in an egg. It will curl round and set to a neat round shape. Cook for 2-3 mins, then remove with a slotted spoon.
Repeat with the other eggs, one at a time, re-swirling the water as you slide in the eggs. Spread some sauce on each muffin, scrunch a slice of ham on top, then top with an egg. Spoon over the remaining hollandaise.