FINALLY, I have a Chinese snack/side recipe up on this blog – vegan spring rolls!
You guys asked for it, and so now we have it 🙂 Yay! I am so happy to share these with you all!
Truthfully, I wasn’t actually very motivated to post these. Simply because I didn’t feel like there were that many people into spring rolls…but man, I was so wrong! I happened to make these one night and posted a picture on Instagram (it wasn’t even a great picture, to be honest) AND WHAT ON EARTH YOU GUYS! The number of people asking for this recipe wayyyy exceeded my expectations!
Actually I would’ve done it as long as one person asked for it – as long as I know just one person out there appreciates my recipe, that’s more than enough for me!
But noooo! So many of you responded! I am so touched. Really. You guys are gonna make me cry!
OK ENOUGH EMOTIONAL TALK. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE RECIPE.
The filling for these super delicious vegan spring rolls is made up of tofu (extra firm), chives, and shiitake mushrooms. It’s so darn good. Chives and shiitake have so much (awesomely asian) flavour to them and the tofu scramble really helps to add texture!
And protein, of course 😉
Top it all off with some soy sauce and voila! We have a spring roll filling that is bound to impress even non-vegans!
It’s truly super easy – well, except for the part where you have to actually roll the spring roll. That requires a little bit of skill and practice.
No matter how many instructions you attempt to read on the internetz on the art of spring roll rolling (lol), you are bound to mess up (I know I did, many times hehe). Unless of course I am speaking to a spring roll expert, in which case there’s nothing to worry about 😉 Otherwise…don’t say I didn’t warn you!
BUT ALL IS NOT LOST! The more you roll, the better you become! And you won’t lose that skill – you’ll only get better at it 😉
So be patient – some broken skins or filling-escapees are normal when you are a spring roller (lol, get it? I know, great joke :p). If making beautiful Chinese dim sum/snacks were easy those Din Tai Fung chefs would be out of a job! :p It takes practice!
Anyway, I’d still dump the holey spring rolls in to fry, as long as they aren’t completely falling apart.
Still delicious 😉
Vegan + Gluten-free Option
Easy Vegan Spring Rolls
Making the Filling
Heat up a teaspoon of oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
Squeeze half a block of extra firm tofu over the sink and allow as much water to drip out as possible. When pieces start to fall out of your hands, move to the frying pan and use your fingers to crumble it as much as possible into the pan.
Fry the tofu scramble with a pinch of salt to help it brown. Meanwhile, chop about 1/2 cup worth of shiitake mushrooms (about 6 mushrooms) and 1/2 cup worth of chives.
Add in the chopped mushrooms and chives and stir-fry it over medium heat until the mushrooms are cooked.
When you are done, turn off the heat and add 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce. Stir it in and give it a taste. Add more soy sauce or salt if necessary.
Making the Spring Rolls
Lay one 5" x 5" mini spring roll pastry in front of you so that it is diamond-shaped as you down at it. Have a cup of water ready so you can seal the edge later.
Place one heaped tablespoon of filling in the centre. Fold the bottom corner up, then the sides, and then roll upwards.
Once you've rolled towards the end, stick your finger into the cup and rub it at the edge of the spring roll to seal it. Sometimes it just won't seal, so don't force it. Lay the spring roll with the edge facing down so it won't unwrap itself.
When you're done, heat up about 1/4 cup oil in a frying pan on medium heat.
Once the oil is hot enough, shallow fry the spring rolls, with the edge facing down first, and flipping it once when that side is done. Feel free to use more or less oil if necessary!
Be careful when picking up the spring rolls and placing it into the pan. Make sure you don't accidentally unwrap it!
Rolling takes some skillz (even I am not a pro at it!) so be patient, some broken skins or escaping fillings are normal when you are a spring roller (lol, get it?). If making beautiful Chinese dim sum/snacks were easy those Din Tai Fung chefs would be out of a job! :p It takes practice!
For a gluten-free option, you can use rice wrappers instead! You can visit my Cauliflower And Tempeh Rice Roll recipe to see how I work with rice wrappers.
Here I used mini spring roll wrappers as it makes it more snack-like, but feel free to use the full-sized 8 inch by 8 inch version!