Monday, August 11, 2008

Summer Rolls and Noodle Bowls

Hey Everyone!

The theme for this weekend was Asian Cuisine. It's probably my favorite type of food. I love big Vietnamese soups, noodle bowls, summer rolls, Thai curries, and sushi. Over the weekend I made Sesame Tofu Summer Rolls with Coconut and Lime Peanut Dipping Sauce. I love summer rolls so much, and I think I could eat them everyday. I remember when I first had them. My sister moved to Orlando to go to college, and one time when I was visiting, she took me to this restaurant called Viet Garden in downtown Orlando. She ordered the summer rolls and I fell in love right away. They had everything in them that I love.... clear noodles, garlic, lettuce, shrimp (at the time), and cilantro. I could really eat cilantro in everything, but don't worry I won't add it to every recipe! Anyways, we became regulars at Viet Garden. We would also bring my parents there, and the owner became our friend and would sit with us for a little bit whenever we would dine there and we'd catch up. Good memories!

Since I've been spending so much time cooking, I thought it was time to take on this project and make my own. And let me tell you, this was quite a project! I really didn't know how time consuming it was to prep for and create a summer roll. I just rolled until I ran out of noodles and that made me 16 rolls. It only took me to roll #13 to get them compact and rolled to perfection, but I eventually got it.

I ended up having the sauce that I used to marinate the tofu left over as well as the peanut sauce, so I decided to make a noodle bowl with peanut sauce and added some vegetables that I cooked in the sesame marinade.

Keep a look out for these recipes:
Sesame-Soy Marinaded Tofu
Sesame Tofu Summer Rolls
Lime and Coconut Peanut Sauce
Vegetable Noodle Bowl with Lime and Coconut Peanut Sauce

I should have them posted by Wednesday!

Thanks for stopping by!


JRay said...

Your summer rolls rocked!

Ren said...

I second that!