Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Kimchi Summer Rolls

With summer comes an almost weekly procession of barbecues. I was never a bringer of sausages and burgers to a party; last week these fat, squat summer rolls, a hybrid of the Vietnamese and Korean cuisines, made an appearance instead.

Given my propensity for rolling cigarettes, you'd think I'd make a neater bundle. The first always turns out a shocker; the rest, vaguely passable.

For the filling, bouncy prawns and ponytail kimchi were used. This particular type of kimchi is made from the ponytail radish - so called, I suspect, because of its burst of green leaf. Called 'chonggak kimchi', it's peppery. Sliced into batons, it added a good amount of spicy, tangy crunch. Both ponytail radish kimchi and summer roll wrappers should be available at your local Asian supermarket.

Kimchi Summer Rolls

Enough for 6 people

1 packet of summer roll wrapper (I use these)
1 small head of Little Gem lettuce, shredded
A handful of glass noodles, cooked
1 carrot, julienned
10 prawns, cooked and sliced lengthways in half
2 kimchi ponytail radishes, julienned
A small handful of coriander, chopped finely
Greens of 3 stalks of spring onion, shredded
A few stalks of mint, leaves picked
Half a lime

Mix the carrots, glass noodles, radishes, spring onions and lettuce in a bowl. Sprinkle with the juice of half a lime. Meanwhile, add some hand-hot water to a shallow dish. Lay out a clean tea towel. Place the roll wrapper in the water for 10 - 20 seconds, until it becomes soft, then lay on the tea towel. To make things pretty, add a mint leaf to the centre of the circle, then a prawn, sliced in half, below. Add a small bundle of veg etc. under that - roll like this. Or however you see fit.


4 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp water
1 tsp sugar
Juice of 1 lime
1 red chilli (hot)
1 clove of garlic

Mince the garlic and chop the chilli. Combine vigorously with the above to serve as a dipping sauce with the summer rolls.


CraigB said...

Where do you get the kimchi radishes from in London?

Corina said...

I've always been a little afraid of kimchi and thought I didn't like it after trying it about 10 years ago. Strangely I was looking at some recipes for it last night and thinking I should give it another try, so seeing this now with all flavours that I like, makes me even more confident to try it.

Su-Lin said...

Nice. I reckon a bit of pork wouldn't be amiss in that roll too...

I gotta look out for some ponytail radish kimchi!

Bistro Becs said...

These look fantastic - also be keen to learn where I might find ponytail radish kimchi in central London?

Coole Swan said...

Definitely would appreciate anyone coming to my barbeque armed with these

Campari & Soda 楊靜安 said...

Those look so yummy! great post.

mobile said...

Oh my God this looks so good and i`m sure that it is delicious too. I think it is not a very difficult recipe so i will give it a try, thanks a lot for sharing.

Pavel said...

Love the new look blog me dear and these sounds bloody amazing. I'm with Su-lin, a bit of pork in these would be lush. I'm gonna be cheeky though and say you need to work on your julienne :P

Jessica said...

And serve with cheese and biscuits?!

Love making summer rolls. Love love love. So addictive. Still can't get into kimchi though - what's wrong with me?

masini second said...

Oh my God this looks so good and i`m sure that it is delicious too. I think it is not a very difficult recipe so i will give it a try, thanks a lot for sharing.

Gourmet Chick said...

I agree summer rolls are great party food - I made a batch (minus the kimchi radishes) the other week - lots of mint and coriander is I think essential. Love the new look by the way. Your technical capabilities on blogger are obviously far beyond mine!

Lizzie said...

Thanks all - you can get ponytail radish kimchi in New Loon Moon on Gerrard Street.

Edward B said...

They certainly look more tasty and interesting than the normal run-of-the-mill sausages people bring to bbqs. They look delicious!

GastroStu said...

These look delicious, healthy and just the kind of food I like to eat, especially in summer. Thanks for sharing.

Thao said...

You can also use baked fish or belly pork