Try These Vegan Maple Spring Rolls

Ingredients: 

FOR THE TOFU: 

  • 200g firm tofu 
  • 15ml olive oil 
  • 30ml soy sauce 
  • 15ml hoisin sauce 
  • 15ml pure maple syrup (preferably amber syrup for its rich taste) 
  • 2.5g ground ginger 
  • 2.5g garlic powder 
  • 2.5g onion powder 
  • 1 pinch of chilli flakes 
  • Juice of ½ lime 

FOR THE VEGETABLE ROLLS: 

  • 1 cucumber, diced 
  • ½ red cabbage, sliced 
  • 1 yellow pepper, cut into batons 
  • 2 avocados, sliced 
  • 3 carrots, grated 
  • ½ head of Romaine lettuce 
  • 15 rice paper sheets 
  • Mint, 2-3 leaves per spring roll 
  • Basil, 2-3 leaves per spring roll 

FOR THE PEANUT DIPPING SAUCE: 

  • 200g peanut butter 
  • 150ml coconut milk 
  • 50ml soy sauce 
  • 45ml maple vinegar 
  • 45ml pure maple syrup (preferably amber syrup for its rich taste) 
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed 
  • 22.5ml lime juice 
  • 2 pinches of chilli flakes 
  • Handful of peanuts for decoration  

Method: 

TO MAKE THE TOFU AND SAUCE: 

  1. Mix all ingredients together (except tofu) until combined. 
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the mixture, the cubed tofu and a pinch of salt. 
  3. Pan fry until the tofu is a light golden colour on 3-4 sides, about 5 minutes. Wait until each side has browned before turning for easy release from the pan. 

TO MAKE THE ROLLS: 

  1. Fill a shallow, wide bowl with warm water. 
  2. Lightly wet the surface of a chopping board. 
  3. Dip a rice paper sheet into the bowl of water and circle the paper around so that the entire surface is moistened. 
  4. Transfer the rice paper sheet onto the wet board. 
  5. Place a lettuce leaf on top of the rice paper. 
  6. Then, lay the vegetables, tofu, mint and basil on top, about ½ to 1 inch away from the bottom of the sheet. 
  7. Starting from the bottom of the sheet, start rolling everything towards the middle. 
  8. Fold the left and right sides of the wrapper towards the centre and finish rolling up the spring roll. N.B. If you find that the sheets are quite stiff, let them sit on your cutting board for an extra 10 to 15 seconds to soften. Then, roll up the spring rolls. 

TO MAKE THE DIPPING SAUCE: 

  1. Put all dipping sauce ingredients in a food processor then blend until smooth and creamy. 
  2. Pour into a serving dish and top with peanuts. 
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