Ok, so honestly, I have never been a fan of fresh spring rolls. I preferred the fried egg rolls, and most spring rolls had shrimp in them. I'm definitely not a fan of shrimp (grossed out by the thought of the poop line that's sometimes present and I don't really like the taste). I decided to attempt to make my own using imitation crab meat (cheap). The end result: success!
Fresh Spring Rolls with Crab
- 1 avocado, cut open and then diced
- 1 small bunch mint leaves, chopped
- 16 oz pouch imitation crab meat
- 12 oz package rice paper
- 12 oz package bean sprouts
- 16 oz package (or smaller if you can find it) rice sticks (rice noodles), prepared
- green onion, chopped
- cilantro, finely chopped
After preparing the rice noodles, rinse them with cold water so they cool quickly. Once cooled, set in bowl. Grab one piece of rice paper. Carefully immerse the paper in the water dish. Make sure the entire piece gets wet. After a minute or so, take the rice paper and lay out on your work surface. Grab a little of the rice noodles place in paper. Next, grab a pinch of mint leaves and place on rice noodles. Place a small amount of crab meat on top, breaking apart big chunks. Take a couple pieces of avocado and layer next. Then place some bean sprouts, green onion and cilantro on top. Carefully fold and wrap into a log shape. Repeat process as many times as you like. Consume immediately and serve with sauce.
I should state that you won't need to boil the whole package of noodles. About half a package will yield about 10-12 spring rolls depending on how much you decide to put in each one. Same with the bean sprouts. The imitation crab should yield about 10, again depending on how much you desire in each roll. And you can experiment with what order you think is best to fill the spring roll. I haven't quite figured out how to layer things so that when you bite into it, nothing falls out lol. You might not be able to wrap perfect rolls until after practicing a couple. I was actually able to channel my suppressed Subway sandwich artist and roll some pretty nice rolls. :)
The only thing that might be difficult getting is the rice paper. I bought mine at an Asian supermarket. Everything else (including the rice noodles) I was able to find at my local Winco. If you do end up having to go to an Asian supermarket, get a bottle of fish sauce and search the internet on how to make a yummy dipping sauce. I didn't have any so I had to just go with hoisin sauce and rice vinegar. I found a good recipe for that here. I did alter it a bit as I didn't have chili garlic sauce and it still turned out just fine.