Aug 3, 2010

Ringlets & Fresh Spring Rolls

Do you see what I see?

Yes, it's true, she's finally getting some hair!  Isn't it so pretty?  It's kind of a light-brown/dark-blonde, depending on the light.  She's just getting so big!  She's definitely getting ready to be a big sister.  She's so much fun - she talks, babbles, and sings all the time.  Some of her latest {cute} words are:  nooo-oooo (with attitude), toothbrush, pottie, mess (we say this word quite frequently to her), and whoa.  Her favorite songs are "ABC's" and "Jesus Loves Me" {which she sings/hums all the time}, "Twinkle Twinkle," "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes," and "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider"   {she loves doing the actions for the last two songs, too}. 

So back to the hair...the best part is in the back...little ringlets!

Oh, I must mention that she told her first lie.  I used to ask her if she's poopy, and she would always say "yes" if she was {which sounded more like "uh"}.  But now, when I ask if she's poopy, she says, "nooo-ooooo."  Are you telling me that my little angle is capable of telling lies (and disobeying her mommy and daddy)?!?!  Hard to believer, I know.  :)

So on another note, I made some Fresh Spring Rolls.  They are Vietnamese/Thai, and we had our first ones at a Vietnamese restaurant while we were living in the Philippines. The waiter brought out what we thought would be more like fried egg-rolls, and to our surprise, they were they sticky, noodle-consistency rolls. And they were cold, not hot.  But wow, I didn't know what I was missing.  They have similar ingredients and flavors as Pad Thai, so if you like Pad Thai, you will love these.  I made them with my Perfect Peanut Sauce {kids love this dipping sauce, too}. 

You can find spring roll wrappers at Asian grocery stores (I've also seen they in regular grocery stores in the international section). 

Before they are cooked, they have the consistency of a brittle, thin sheet of noodle.  You just follow the directions and soak them in warm water for a few minutes (one at a time) until they are soft. 

And don't forget to chop up some vegetables, meat, and fresh herbs.  I used matchstick carrots, cucumbers, peapods, and fresh basil because that's what I had on hand.  As well as some chicken I baked with curry powder, salt, and pepper and then shredded.  Some other popular ingredients are vermicelli noodles, cilantro, shrimp, and lettuce.  Just throw in whatever you like.  See what I mean when I say they have similar ingredients as Pad Thai?

You just put the filling in the middle of the cooked wrapper, and tightly roll it up (will be in the shape of an egg roll). 

It looks like this. 

And here's the finished product! 

If you haven't had these, you should order some next time you're in a Thai or Vietnamese restaurant.  You won't be disappointed!  :)


Anonymous said...

i just thought i would drop a note since I am Vietnamese and i am actually in vietnam at the moment!

if you soak the rice paper in the water for a couple of minutes, it's usually extremely difficult to handle and rips very easily. what my family does is we have a large bowl of water that we dip the rice paper in very quickly only so that it's wet (or just use your fingers to wet the rice paper... more fun but it takes a long time). then you let it sit on your plate for a little while and it should get soft within a minute or so.

hope this helps!

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