Spring rolls & red bean dip (vegetarian)

For a year now I’ve been learning Chinese. I have to admit it was not mine idea, but fortunately I got into a beginners group and loved it. In the beginning it was hard to keep up with all the characters and grammar rules we learned, but one step at a time and it all got into place. The main reason why I even started learning was the communication which played a bigger role than spelling/writing characters. Having a teacher who was young and communicative and for the first time in Croatia or even Europe for the matter of fact, made it a challenge I was willing to take. Now for a few weeks I’ve been absent from class due to my work and classes and I’ve been missing out on so many new interesting facts on China, new lessons and characters. Nevertheless I found time to make something that always makes me think of China – spring rolls.

When making spring rolls I’ve realised I don’t even have to use classic spring rolls wrappers which sometimes can be hard to find in our stores so I’ve been using homemade strudel crusts and I can say that there hasn’t been any major difference, spring rolls turned out as crispy and as tasty. I always like to find delicious alternatives with the ingredients I can find in every local store.

Well what would spring rolls be without a delicious dip. Since my spring rolls are vegetarian I sticked to the theme and made a delicious vegetarian red bean dip with olive oil and tomatoes. It brings out the spicy flavour of spring rolls filling and brings them to a new level. Give the recipe a go and let me know what you think, always like a nice feedback!


Preparation: 25 min

Cook time: 15 min

Servings: 8


Ingredients

For spring rolls

  • 16 large spring roll wrappers
  • 50 g mushrooms, finely sliced
  • 70 g carrot, grated
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • 1/2 kohlarbi, grated
  • 150 g red cabbage, sliced
  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger, chopped
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 20 ml sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp aceto balsamico
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp water
  • vegetable oil

For red bean dip

  • 150 g red beans, canned or cooked
  • 120 g crushed tomatoes
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • batch of fresh basil, chopped
  • fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

Spring rolls & red bean dip

How to

  1. Place sliced mushrooms, grated carrot and kohlarbi, sliced spring onions, sliced red cabbage, chopped ginger and chilli in a large bowl. Season with salt, pepper, sesame oil, soy sauce and aceto balsamico.
  2. Heat a large wok and add vegetables. Toss the vegetables but don’t cook them since they have to stay crisp. The objective is to combine the ingredients so the seasoning and the flavours can interact together.
  3. Combine together in a small bowl cornstarch and 3 tbsp of water.
  4. Place two wrappers one over another on a large surface – using two wrappers so they don’t break while frying. Place some filling over the wrappers and roll them up. Using a brush spread some cornstarch mixture on the edge of the wrapper so you can ‘paste’ the rolls and they won’t open.
  5. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan. Fry the spring rolls for a few minutes on both sides until crispy and golden.
  6. Place chopped onion and pressed garlic in a medium pan with olive oil. Simmer over medium heat for a few minutes. Add red beans and cook for a few more minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes, basil, parsley, lime juice, salt & pepper to taste. Using a food processor, process the bean-tomato mixture until you get a smooth dip.
  7. Serve crispy spring rolls with a red bean dip and enjoy!
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33 Comments Add yours

  1. I love spring rolls and these sound really great with a nice range of vegetables. I have never had or tried a red bean dip, this sounds so interesting! Thanks so much ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. chefkreso says:

      I was thinking of an interesting new dip when I tought of using red beans, it has nice texture and it’s really delicious, hope you’ll get the chance to try it out ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. InspiresN says:

    looks great, nice recipe!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks very much, hope you can give it a go ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Jodi says:

    Sounds so delish

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks, glad to hear that, hope you’ll give it a chance ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. Sounds yummy! I really like spring rolls, but never made them myself. I definitely would like to try out your recipeโ˜บ

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks, and you should, it’s not that hard to make them but they’re so delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Great new take on the classic spring roll! I wouldn’t have thought to combine those flavors and pair them with a bean dip, but it sounds really delicious.

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks very much for your kind words ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. How inventive– strudel crust for spring rolls! They look delicious Kreso!! And I admire you for studying Chinese!! Our son lived in China for 10 years and his wife is Chinese– and we went there every year– but I hardly picked up any Chinese!! It seems like there are just not connections to English– like there were when we learned Spanish. So good for you! Hope it goes well ahead…

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you! Yeah seems like Chinese has no connections to any language, but it is really interesting, and I would love to visit China one day – we also have family friends whose son is living in China for years now and has a Chinese wife ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. You’re amazing!! Keep up the good work (and blogging!!)!

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      2. chefkreso says:

        Thank you and will do! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. nancyc says:

    This sounds great! I’ve never had red bean dip before!

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  8. Kreso, these look fabulous. I love spring rolls! And the dip sounds delicious. Great post.

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks happy to read such nice comments ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  9. petra08 says:

    Wow! Learning Chinese sounds like a great challenge! The spring rolls and the dip sounds great!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Hi! And I have to say it is, still working out all the details you should keep in mind when drawing characters, but that’s a challenge I accept ๐Ÿ˜

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  10. Andrea says:

    Love a good spring roll, and the red bean dip sounds interesting!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Hi Andrea! Thank you very much, the red bean dip was a surprise that tied everything together ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  11. Lan says:

    This is something new, red bean! I always had spring rolls with stir fried vege in it but never red bean, mmm gotta try this one, thank you Chef!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Hi! Thanks so much, it was really delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. I adore Chinese food and your spring rolls and dipping sauce look fabulous.
    Have a super day.
    ๐Ÿ™‚ Mandy xo

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Hi Mandy! Thank you very very much, means a lot to hear such nice words ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. I want to make these so badly! ๐Ÿ“

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you! If you do, hope you’ll like it ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Am I allowed to eat the “mistakes”? ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  14. Super ideja za kore za ลกtrudlu, moram to probati. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Svaka ฤast za uฤenje kineskog, gdje ga uฤiลก? Ja sam zavrลกila japanologiju, ali sam zaboravila skoro sve kak nisam dugo koristila jezik. :/

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Nadam se da ฤ‡e ti se svidit! U Zagrebu u studentskom centru se nalazi Konfucijev institut za uฤiti besplatno kineski ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. Vau, super, nisam uopฤ‡e znala da i to ima! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  15. blondieaka says:

    The red bean dip sounds interesting and a great idea to use strudel wrappers..living where I do I have to sometimes think of a substitute as I canโ€™t always obtain some ingredients but thats exciting I think..Nice recipe โ˜บ

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Hi! Thank you very much for stopping by and sharing such nice words, I love thinking of substitutes when cooking famous dishes since some ingredients are to pricy or we can’t find them in our stores ๐Ÿ˜Š

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