If you’re looking for a delicious and healthy vegetarian recipe that’s bursting with flavor, then you must try making pho rolls with peanut dipping sauce. This Vietnamese dish is a perfect combination of fresh herbs, savory rice noodles, and crisp vegetables all rolled up in a delicate rice paper wrapper. The result is a light, refreshing, and satisfying meal that’s perfect for any time of day.
The secret to this dish is in the flavorful peanut dipping sauce. The sauce is made with peanut butter, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, garlic, and a touch of sweetness from brown sugar. The combination of these ingredients creates a complex and irresistible flavor that perfectly complements the pho rolls.
Preparation: 30 minutes – Processing: 45 minutes – Difficulty: Medium
- 50g roasted peanuts
- 50g roasted sesame seeds
- 150ml fresh milk
- 200g rice flour
- 50g potato starch
- 1 cassava
- 50g king oyster mushroom
- 1/2 carrot
- 1 tablespoon vegetarian chili sauce
- 50g wood ear mushrooms
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons vegetarian seasoning powder
- 2 tablespoons chopped scallions
- 1 tablespoon vegetarian oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 bunch of lettuce
- 1 bunch of heartleaf
1. Make peanut sauce
Using a blender, grind 50g of roasted peanuts and 50g of roasted sesame seeds until smooth.
Heat a pan over medium heat and add a tablespoon of cooking oil. When the oil is hot, add a tablespoon of chopped scallions and stir until fragrant. Then, add 150ml of fresh milk to the pan.
Next, add the ground peanut and sesame mixture to the pan along with a tablespoon of vegetarian chili sauce, a tablespoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of vegetarian seasoning powder, and half a teaspoon of salt. Stir well to combine.
Continue to stir and cook the peanut sauce over low heat for 5 minutes. After it’s done, the sauce will have a beautiful golden color and a smooth texture.
2. Stir-fry mushrooms
You cut 1 cassava root, 1/2 carrot, 50g of oyster mushrooms, 2 pieces of fried tofu, and 50g of shiitake mushrooms into thin slices to prepare the filling.
After preparing the ingredients, heat a pan with a tablespoon of cooking oil. Next, add cassava root, carrot, king oyster mushrooms, and shiitake mushrooms to the pan, one at a time, stirring briefly before adding the next ingredient.
Stir-fry until the ingredients are slightly cooked, then you can taste and adjust the seasoning. For this filling, you can add 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of vegetarian seasoning powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1 tablespoon of vegetarian oyster sauce.
Once the cassava root, carrot, and mushrooms are cooked, add the sliced fried tofu to the pan. Add a little sesame oil and stir-fry until the tofu is coated with the seasoning.
3. Making pho rolls
To make the pho rolls, mix 200g of rice flour and 50g of potato starch together. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 500ml of purified water, and 15ml of cooking oil to the mixture, and stir well with an egg beater until the flour is evenly dissolved.
To steam the pho rice paper, tie a clean piece of cloth tightly over the mouth of a pot of water and bring it to a boil. When the steam is sufficient, scoop a ladle of the mixed flour onto the cloth and cover the pot with a lid to steam.
When the pho rice paper is cooked, remove it from the cloth and continue to steam the next with the remaining flour until all of the flour is used up. Spread the pho rice paper on a flat surface for easy rolling. Add a sufficient amount of lettuce, heartleaf, and the prepared mushroom filling onto the surface of the rice paper and start rolling. After each roll, cut the pho rolls into bite-size pieces and arrange them on a plate.
Notice: You can replace the steamer with a non-stick pan to cook the pho rice paper. The texture of the pho rolls made with a pan may not be as visually appealing as using a steamer, but it will still be chewy and delicious!
4. Finished product
Vegetarian pho rolls have a chewy outer layer and a crispy filling. The savory mushroom filling made with vegetables, tofu and served with fresh greens wrapped in pho rice paper will leave you completely satisfied.
Dipping the vegetarian pho rolls in the prepared peanut sauce will make the dish even more delicious! If you like it spicy, add a little bit of chili to the sauce for extra flavor!
Reference: Dien May Xanh