Everybody has tried cheese sticks before – plain matchstick cheese wrapped in spring roll papers and deep-fried to crunchy goodness. Ever so popular pika-pika for parties. But this may be the best crunchy quick fix for kids – not only cripsy-licious spring rolls but oozing with cheese. Quite easy to do, too. In my case, I used leftover steak and blanched veggies and mix it up with carrots. Just the perfect snack or a dish to go with rice.
- Spring roll wrappers
- Carrots, matchstick-cut
- Left-over cooked sliced green beans (or any other vegetables)
- Left-over cooked steak, cut into strips
- Cheddar cheese, sliced into long, thin strips
- Place a sheet of wrapper on a clean table. Arrange cheese, carrots, beef strips and vegetable in the center, the strips perpendicular to you. Fold the side nearest to you towards the middle, tuck in the sides then roll firmly roll away from you. I use Thai rice papers that needs soaking in water but if you are using standard ones, seal the edges with water.
- Heat oil in a frying pan. Deep-fry spring rolls over medium heat until golden brown. Remember not to deep-fry too long as cheese may leak out. Drain on paper towels before serving.
Crunch crunch. Yum yum.
I served them together with crusty calamari and Thai-style mild chili dipping sauce sometime ago.
Lasang Pinoy, Sundays. Cheese!