Jalapeno Plum Sauce and Spring Rolls with Plum Sauce

Jalapeno Plum Sauce,  Spicie Foodie

Spring rolls are small rolled appetizers that can be fried, steamed or eaten raw. They are commonly found in China, Vietnam and several other Asian countries, but of course have now spread around the world. The rolls can be filled with an assortment of vegetables or meats. The wrappers can also vary, for example a crispy spring roll will be made using a wheat flour wrapper whereas a Vietnamese one is made using softened rice paper.

When I lived in the states there was a Thai restaurant that had the best spring rolls. The spring rolls were fresh like Vietnames spring rolls. Instead of serving them with Nuoc Mam Cham sauce, the standard clear dipping sauce, they were served with a spicy plum sauce. In all the years of living in Europe I had never come across spring rolls like those. That is until last year when I found them on a Sushi-Asian restaurant. But unfortunately when my spring rolls arrived I was left quite disappointed. The plum sauce tasted salty and just horrible. Not able to get the craving out of my head, I knew I had to make the sauce and spring rolls myself.

Spring Rolls with Plum Sauce,Spicie Foodie

This recipe is inspired by fresh Vietnamese spring rolls. But rather than using chicken or shrimp, tofu will be used instead for a vegetarian version. The sweet, tart and slightly spicy plum sauce compliments the ingredients perfectly!

Before we get to recipe, I want to make it clear that this is not like other plum sauces you may find at the grocery store. My plum sauce is a bit more like a smooth and creamy chutney. So please no angry emails on how my sauce is not authentic, or Chinese, I’m not claiming it to be so. All I’m claiming is that it tastes really really good and that it satisfied my craving.

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Jalapeno Plum Sauce and Spring Rolls with Plum Sauce
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A typical Vietnamese spring roll is served with a clear tangy sauce, but we will be switching that for a creamy plum sauce. The sweet, tart and slightly spicy plum sauce compliments the ingredients perfectly!
Recipe type: Sauce, Appetizer, Snack, Vegetarian, Asian, Vietnamese
Plum Sauce:
  • 300 grams or 10.5 oz halved fresh plums,weighed after pitting
  • 1 tbsp finely minced ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • ½ tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 tbsp Chinese plum wine
  • ½ tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • pinch of ground white pepper
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
Tofu Marinade:
  • 150 g or 5.3 oz firm tofu
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbs fish sauce
  • chile flakes to taste
  • ¼ tsp granulated garlic
Spring Roll Ingredients:
  • 8 sheet of rice paper, plus extra in case they rip
  • 100 g or 3.5 oz rice vermicelli noodles, cooked according to package
  • 1 large carrot shredded (90 g or 1 cup)
  • 90 g or 1 cup shredded Japanese Diakon radish
  • 6 lettuce leaves, shredded
  • Sunflower seeds, to taste
  • mint leaves, to taste
  • basil leaves, to taste
  • cilantro (coriander) leaves, to taste
  • large shallow bowl with water for soaking the rice paper
Plum Sauce Instructions:
  1. Over medium flame heat the vegetable oil in saucepan. Once warm saute the minced ginger and garlic for 3 minutes. Add the pitted halved plums and stir to well combine, cook for 5 minutes. Next add the remaining ingredients to the saucepan. Again stirring to well combine. Cover, turn the heat down to low and simmer for 30 minutes stirring now and then.
  2. After 30 minutes the plums should have mostly broken down. Use a potato masher to further breakdown the ingredients. Cover and simmer another 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes. Pour sauce into a blender and blend into a smooth and creamy sauce. Allow to cool slightly or refrigerate before serving.
Tofu Marinade Instructions:
  1. Slice the tofu into thin slices. In a shallow bowl combine the remaining ingredients then add tofu for marinading. Set aside and proceed to next step.
  2. Tip: For a vegan version omit the fish sauce.
Spring Roll Instructions:
  1. The key to fast assembly is to have all ingredients laid out in a row ready to go. Grab one rice paper and soak it in the water for 15 seconds, it should be soft and flexible. (Make sure to read package instructions) Lay the soaked rice paper on a flat surface, place a few of the herbs in the center. Next add a little bit of the carrots, then the Diakon, lettuce, tofu, sprinkle some sunflower seeds and last top with more fresh herbs. Fold the right and left side into the center and on top of the filling ingredients. Gently begin tucking the bottom of the paper and rolling towards the top all the way through until a tight roll has been achieved. Repeat this process until all ingredients have been used and you have 8 small rolls.
  2. Serve immediately with plum sauce. If not serving immediately wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Tip: Rolling the perfect Spring Roll takes time and practice. You may experience breakages in the rice paper in that case the roll can be re-rolled in a new sheet of rice paper. It is advisable to have extra sheets on hand.
- The plum sauce will keep in the refrigerator for 1 week or alternatively it can be frozen. - For a vegan version omit the fish sauce.

Spring Rolls with Plum Sauce,Spicie Foodie
I used the leftover plum sauce to topped some battered baked chicken breasts. The batter was crushed up unsweetened cornflakes. I have to say that I was surprised how well the flavors complimented each other. Enjoy, and if you use the plum sauce for other recipes please let me know, so I can try it too;)
Jalapeno Plum Sauce, Cornflake battered chicken, Spicie FoodieHave a great week ahead everyone!


  1. says

    Spring rolls are one of my favorites when I go out for Thai. Now you’ve inspire me to make them at home and try the plum sauce – what a gorgeous color, and I love the jalapeno addition!

  2. says

    Your comment about no angry emails made me laugh but I do know it can be a problem. Beats me why anyone would get upset about our personal preferences but some do. I love the vibrant colours in your photos to echo the vibrancy of many Asian cultures.

  3. Eha says

    Beautiful photos of a gorgeous recipe of one of my favourite dishes! Definitely no angry emails: never have, never will send something which surely would show my own insecurity and which, very definitely, is not needed here :) ! Now; one problem – from where to find the plum wine? Hmm, have some Polish friends . . . . :) !

  4. says

    You’ve done such a beautiful job with these springs rolls and the sauce (as usual). Your version of plum sauce sounds really good, Nancy. Some of the bottled ones I’ve tasted here are a bit too salty for me. Yours sounds really fresh–perfect for the rolls and the chicken.

    Hope you’re having a great week so far!

  5. says

    I have been dying to make homemade plum sauce for a while now, so I just bookmarked your lovely recipe! What a beautiful dish, I love how you used tofu for a vegetarian version.

  6. says

    I love spring rolls – rice paper is so versatile and I love creative way to use it for cooking! Your plum sauce got my attention here – looks so delicious. I love plums but never made this kind of sauce before. Must be delicious – thinking of the sauce my mouth started to water. What a gorgeous dish Nancy!

  7. says

    This is stunning – absolutely stunning!! I have never worked with rice paper and I love how your rolls turned out, showing your gorgeous herbs. I made plum sauce before, but the color was darker. Homemade plum sauce is hands down better than anything I get in a restaurant or grocery store. Absolutely lovely!

  8. says

    Thank you for commenting on my blog. I love your homemade plum sauce with the fresh plums and all the spicy and sweet ingredients. The jalapeno really adds a nice spice to it. Love your tofu marinade as well…very similar to the one I make. The spring rolls look so pretty with the mint showing through it and give it such a pleasant flavor. Shredded daikon in the spring rolls also give it a perfect flavor. Your photos are beautiful!


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