Spring Rolls with Sesame-Ponzu Vinaigrette

Spring Rolls with Sesame-Ponzu Vinaigrette
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Spring Rolls with Sesame Ponzu Vinaigrette

Namiko Chen

Spring Rolls with Sesame Ponzu Vinaigrette

This is one of my husband’s and my favorite dishes, and I hope everyone enjoys this meal with family and friends. It’s a Southeast Asian dish with a Japanese twist.

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For the dipping sauce

Take the grated daikon and squeeze all of the liquid out using a kitchen towel (there should be about 2 tablespoons of flesh leftover). Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

For the rolls

Heat the oil in a large nonstick frying pan over high heat. When the oil is hot, add the meat and season with konbucha. Cook the meat until it becomes crispy, about 2-3 minutes. Use paper towels to absorb excess oil and transfer to a plate.

Heat 2-3 cups of water in a pot over high heat just until it reaches a simmer. Remove from heat and pour into a large bowl. Take a piece of rice paper, holding it by the edge, and rotate it in the hot water 3 times (like a spinning wheel), and put it on a plate. The rice paper will be soft from the hot water.

Layer the toppings in this order: 1 piece red leaf lettuce, 1 shiso leaf, a few pieces of pork belly, followed by the remaining vegetables, to taste. Add the egg and then sauce on top.

Wrap up the roll, starting with the bottom center. Fold in the sides and continue rolling the rice paper. The edges will stick together naturally. (You can also eat without rice paper. Simply use a piece of lettuce as the wrap. Either way, it’s amazingly delicious!) Repeat for the remaining rolls.


*Note: Konbucha (also kobucha) is made from konbu seaweed. It is full of konbu glutamine and asparagine umami deliciousness. It is available for purchase at Japanese markets as well as online. Konbucha is a salty seasoning, so if you can’t find this, you can use salt instead. But it doesn’t have the nice umami flavor from konbu...


Calories per serving:

418 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Dairy Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 36g 55%
  • Carbs 15g 5%
  • Saturated 11g 53%
  • Fiber 2g 9%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Monounsaturated 16g
  • Polyunsaturated 7g
  • Protein 10g 19%
  • Cholesterol 108mg 36%
  • Sodium 163mg 7%
  • Calcium 75mg 7%
  • Magnesium 33mg 8%
  • Potassium 406mg 12%
  • Iron 2mg 12%
  • Zinc 1mg 8%
  • Phosphorus 146mg 21%
  • Vitamin A 205µg 23%
  • Vitamin C 16mg 27%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 22%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 19%
  • Niacin (B3) 3mg 17%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 10%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 59µg 15%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 9%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 5%
  • Vitamin K 59µg 74%
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