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Pork Belly Spring Rolls with Creamy Coconut Dipping Sauce

Pork Belly Spring Rolls with Creamy Coconut Dipping Sauce

Pork Belly Spring Rolls with Creamy Coconut Dipping Sauce

Recipe By Michael Kimball, Savory Spice Test Kitchen

Yields

16 spring rolls

Prep Time

20 Minutes

Cooking Time

1 Hours 10 Minutes

Recipe By Michael Kimball, Savory Spice Test Kitchen

A simple make-ahead meal that features fresh-cut fruit and veggies alongside succulent, sweet-spiced pork belly.

Recipe Notes

Vegan/Vegetarian: Substitute sliced, seared portobello mushrooms (3 to 4 min. per side) for pork belly, soy sauce for fish sauce, and agave for honey.

Nut-free: Omit cashews from dipping sauce.

Ingredients

For pork belly:

1 lb. pork belly


1/4 cup water

For creamy coconut dipping sauce:

1 clove garlic

1 cup cilantro leaves and stems, packed

1 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup cashews

1 1/2 Tbsp. rice vinegar

1 Tbsp. fish sauce

1 Tbsp. honey

1 Tbsp. lime juice


To assemble:

16 round rice paper wrappers (bånh trång)

1 carrot, peeled and cut into matchsticks

1 cucumber, cut into matchsticks

1 mango, peeled, cored, and cut into matchsticks

1/4 head red cabbage, shredded

1/4 cup sliced mint leaves

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Directions

Step 1: Roast pork belly

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cut pork belly into 4 to 5 thick slices, like thick bacon, and rub all sides with Cantonese BBQ Pork Rub. Pour water into a small baking dish. Place pork belly slices in a single layer across the bottom. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and cook for 1 hour until pork is tender with a slight chew. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees, remove foil covering, and cook for another 10 min. until pork has browned slightly. Cut pork belly into 2-inch pieces and set aside.

Step 2: Make dipping sauce

Add all ingredients to blender and blend for 30 seconds until smooth, scraping the sides as needed. Pour sauce into small bowls for dipping and chill until ready to serve.

Step 3: Assemble

Fill a wide, shallow bowl with water. Submerge rice paper wrappers in water for 6 to 7 seconds. Transfer to a clean surface and begin layering fillings (2 pieces of pork belly; a few pieces of carrot, cucumber, mango, and red cabbage; and a pinch of mint) in a 5-inch row just below the center of the wrapper. Use two hands to bring bottom of wrapper up and over the fillings, forming the start of a tight roll. Fold in left and right sides before rolling fillings all the way to the top. Space rolls out on a serving platter to prevent sticking. Serve with dipping sauce while pork is still warm or chill and serve cold.