How To: Make Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls
Guest Post By: Vietnam Discovery Travel
Back into history, one easily finds that Vietnamese cuisine is among the jewels of South-east Asia. It features a wonderful blend of Chinese and Asian spices, flavors and techniques, serving us with uniquely flavored, mouthwatering dishes that seems to satisfy all travelers to the country.
Some dishes are hard to prepare, but some are not. And today, we will introduce you to recipe to make one of the latter – Vietnamese fresh spring rolls (Goi cuon).
- About 14 round rice paper wrappers (this brand is my favorite)
- About 1 cup fresh mint leaves
- About 7 oz – 200 g cooked shrimps, peeled and sliced in half lengthwise (I weighted them before peeling them)
- About 14 lettuce leaves
- About 2 cups cooked rice vermicelli, cooled down
- About 3 cups fresh bean sprouts
For the sauce:
- 4 tbsp rice vinegar
- 4 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 garlic clove, crushed (optional)
- 1 tbsp grated carrots (optional)
Step 1: Softening the rice papers
Take a bowl of warm boiled water to soak one rice paper in it for around 10-20 seconds until it gets flexible and sticky. Then pick it out, place it flat on a glass or porcelain plate.
Step 2: Rolling up
Arrange around 4 mint leaves at the top 1/3 of rice paper closest to you, than place 4 shrimp halves on their next. Top with a lettuce leaf, a small handful of vermicelli and a small handful of bean sprouts.
Add additional mint leaves. That’s the moment when you can actually add pretty much anything you have in mind. Top with a second lettuce leaf. Always keep about 2 inches uncovered on each side.
Now, fold uncovered sides inward, then gently pull up the bottom of the roll and roll over the filling. Then, roll and use your hands to tuck the filling in as you go.
Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Step 3: Preparing the dipping sauce
In a sauce pan, combine rice vinegar, fish sauce, water and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add garlic and carrot or cucumber.
Now it’s time to enjoy your dish.
In addition to the Fresh Spring rolls, Vietnam has so many others to offer, from Pho – noodle soups to fried spring rolls which are all worth trying at least once in lifetime.
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