On A Roll With Fresh Thai Flavors

Diana Helfand
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Wednesday - May 11, 2011
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Solar PV panels seem to be going up all over our fair city, and at alternate energy inc., they’re in it for the long haul.

Owner Bruce ekimura and his dad started out as plumbers. as solar water heating became more popular, they knew it would be a good thing for hawaii. ekimura and his family founded alternate energy inc. in 1993, and it has grown steadily over the past 18 years, naturally becoming a frontrunner in hawaii’s PV revolution. it gives ekimura a lot of satisfaction to know that more solar installations means less dependence on expensive oil and electricity.

Ekimura is especially happy these days because alternate energy just became an official Certified Mitsubishi installer and Premier dealer, and the only authorized dealer based in hawaii to provide Mitsubishi’s photovoltaic modules, including the new UJ6 Series, engineered to withstand tough outdoor conditions including coastline corrosion. ekimura says Mitsubishi is the only manufacturer to extend warranty on modules installed near saltwater, making the panels an ideal choice for hawaii.

He’s proud that alternate energy is one of hawaii’s oldest residential and commercial solar energy companies, locally owned and operated from day one; it has been a hawaii energy conservation and efficiency program-approved independent solar water-heating contractor since the program’s inception. for more information and all of its locations, go to alternateenergyhawaii.com.

This column is dedicated to ekimura and his team for helping to keep hawaii green!

These summer rolls are made with fresh shrimp and are a healthier alternative to deep-fried spring rolls.

Shrimp live in fresh, briny and saltwater of various temperatures, and are found worldwide. They also are bred on farms in several countries, including the United States, Japan, Taiwan and Thailand. americans consume almost 5 million pounds of shrimp per year. The giant tiger prawn is most frequently consumed in asia, and is often referred to as “black tiger shrimp.”

Shrimp are rich in vita-min B12, and niacin, and contain protein and iodine. They are high in cholesterol, but are extremely low in fat.

Shrimp Summer Rolls

* 8 rice wrappers (8-inch size)
* 4 ounces rice noodles, cooked al dente and drained
* 16 large shrimp, cooked and cut in half lengthwise
* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
* 2 tablespoons chopped thai basil
* 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
* 6 leaves lettuce, finely chopped
* chili garlic sauce, for dipping

Fill a large bowl with warm water. dip one wrapper into the water for a second to soften; place flat.

In a row across the center, place four shrimp halves, about 1/4 cup of noodles, basil, mint, cilantro and lettuce, leaving about 2 inches uncovered on each side. fold sides in and tightly roll wrapper. Repeat with remaining wrappers.

Serve with chili garlic sauce for dipping.

Approximate nutrition information Per Serving:

Calories: 90
Fat: 1 gram
Cholesterol: 30 milligrams
Sodium: 150 milligrams

(Diana Helfand, author of “Hawaii Light and Healthy” and “The Best of Heart-y Cooking,” has taught nutrition in the Kapiolani Community College culinary arts program.)

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