Let’s face it. If you live in Asia, you would have had spring rolls at almost every special occasion you go to – it’s one of the most common finger foods and the Thai Fried Vegetable Spring Roll is explicitly one finger food that you will never get tired of.
If you’re asking, what’s the difference between a typical Asian spring roll and the Thai Fried Vegetable Spring roll, well, there’s a few, but the most evident of it all is the size – it’s big, it’s crispy, and it’s addictive put.
What exactly is Thai Fried Vegetable Spring Roll
From the very first bite, after you embrace the crunchy spring roll skin, you will get the taste of sautéed minced pork, some glass noodles and some fried vegetables including cabbage, carrot, spring onions, onion and a hint of chilli, of course.
The Thai Spring roll also contains a hint of ginger – the ingredient that makes it stands out. Some restaurants would even replace the minced pork with minced chicken, prawn or tofu.
The Thai Spring Roll is typically paired with the Thai Chilli sauce, which adds a little sweetness to every bite.
The History of Thai fried Vegetable Spring Roll
The spring rolls are said to have been invented during the Jin Dynasty era in China between 265 AD and 420 AD. During the ruling of the Jin Dynasty, spring rolls were a customary dish to celebrate the beginning of spring, hence the name.
What initially were tiny cakes then turned into rolls, and during the Tang Dynasty, spring rolls evolved to become spicier and hotter. The cook during that era started adding more vegetables and spices, and then people started calling it the spring dish.
During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the “spring dish” further evolved when people started using thinner skin layers to roll the vegetable and spice fillings leading to what we now know as spring rolls.
There is no clear indication on who correctly introduce the Chinese delicacy to Southeast Asian countries, but it is believed that it was more likely to be introduced by Chinese sailors who visited the Southeast Asian lands to trade. The Southeast Asian made it their own by adding local ingredients such as glass noodles and protein like minced chicken or beef to the rolls.
Today, Thai spring rolls go hand in hand with the Thai sweet chilli sauce and available at most street vendors along the street of Thailand and other Thai restaurants around the world.
Nutrition Content of Thai Fried Vegetable Spring Roll
The nutrients mostly come from the vegetable fillings. Depending on the size of the spring roll, one spring roll typically carries about 153 calories and 45g of total carbohydrate, so it is wise to only consume it every once in a while.
Where to get the best Thai Fried Vegetable Spring Roll in KL
If you’re looking for a sweet, savoury and crunch Southeast Asian snack, try the Thai Spring Roll at Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine. They also have a variety of Thai drinks that you can try. Feeling a little cosy?
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