Spring rolls have got to be in my top 5 favorite food list. It’s filled with nutritious ingredients such as carrots and bean sprouts. You can also use ingredients previously cooked like tofu and smoked salmon.
While spring rolls are generally considered as appetizers, it’s not uncommon for it to be used as part of the main course. I usually pair it with salad or noodles.
What are spring rolls?
Spring rolls are found in Asian cuisine. In Chinese cuisine, spring rolls are usually eaten during the Spring Festival in mainland China. This explains why it is called as such.
There are different varieties of spring rolls. The kind of wrapper, ingredients used for the fillings, and cooking technique vary depending from where the recipe originates from.
For example, the Chinese spring roll makes use of cabbage, green kale, carrot and other vegetable fillings. These are wrapped in a cylindrical pastry.
There are also fried spring rolls which can be sweet or savory. The non-fried spring rolls, meanwhile, are usually bigger. These are wrapped with pre-cooked ingredients.
In Taiwan, the spring rolls are flavored with herbs then stir-fried. The ingredients are then topped with peanut butter before being wrapped.
In Vietnam, spring rolls include ingredients like cooed pork, shrimp, tofu, chicken, basil, cilantro, lettuce, cucumbers, fresh garlic, and rice vermicelli. These ingredients are then wrapped in a moistened rice paper.
What are the health benefits of eating spring rolls?
One reason why I love spring rolls is because I can get a lot of nutrition from it. With all the vegetables used in this popular appetizer, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand how nutritious spring rolls are.
Carrots are one of those vegetables typically included in a spring roll. This crunchy and tasty root vegetable is widely used in many cuisines, and for good reasons. For one, it is very nutritious being an excellent source of fiber as well as vitamins and minerals.
One of those vitamins that carrot is rich in is vitamin A. This is the vitamin that is best known for promoting god vision. It also promotes good function of the immune system.
Carrot also contains high levels of lycopene. This is an antioxidant that can lower the risks of cardiovascular disease as well as cancer.
Cucumber is yet another vegetable that is typically used in spring rolls. It is rich in panthothenic acid which boosts energy and vitamin C which fights off infection. It is also an excellent source of lignans, which are polyphenols that can lower the risks of heart disease.
And smoked wild salmon, which we will use in the recipe I am to share a bit later, is a great source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. It particularly has omega-3 fatty acids that can risks of heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
How to make Spring Rolls
Cooking spring rolls isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do in the kitchen. A great amount of time will be spent in preparing the ingredients. But once you go past that stage, everything should be a walk in the park.