Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls


Introduction

These light, refreshing rolls are a staple of Vietnamese cuisine. Filled with a variety of herbs, vegetables and often pork or shrimp, they make for a healthy and delicious meal or snack.

Ingredients

– 1/2 package rice vermicelli noodles
– 1/2 head lettuce, shredded
– 1/4 bunch fresh mint
– 1/4 bunch fresh cilantro
– 1/4 bunch fresh basil
– 1 carrot, julienned
– 1/2 cucumber, julienned
– 1/2 cup bean sprouts
– 10-12 spring roll wrappers
– 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
– 1/4 cup Nuoc Mam (fish sauce)
– 2 tablespoons sugar
– 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
– 1 clove garlic, minced
– 1/2 lime, juiced

Method

1. Soak the rice vermicelli noodles in warm water for about 10 minutes, then drain and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, mint, cilantro, basil, carrot, cucumber, bean sprouts and noodles.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the hoisin sauce, Nuoc Mam, sugar, oil, garlic and lime juice.

4. To assemble the rolls, dip a spring roll wrapper in water and lay it flat on a work surface. Place a small amount of the filling in the center of the wrapper, then roll it up tightly, folding in the sides as you go. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling.

5. Serve the rolls with the dipping sauce.

Potential changes & improvements

– You can use any type of lettuce you like, or even omit it altogether.
– Feel free to add or substitute other fresh herbs, such as mint, Thai basil or mint.
– For a more substantial roll, you can add cooked pork, shrimp or tofu.

What other food it works well with

These rolls go well with a variety of dipping sauces, such as hoisin sauce, peanut sauce or Nuoc Mam.

Common Mistakes

– Not soaking the noodles long enough – they should be softened but still firm to the bite.
– Overstuffing the rolls – they will be difficult to roll and may fall apart.
– Not rolling the rolls tightly enough – they should be snug so that the filling doesn’t fall out.

Nutritional Information

– Calories: 90
– Fat: 2g
– Saturated Fat: 0.5g
– Cholesterol: 0mg
– Sodium: 490mg
– Carbohydrates: 17g
– Fiber: 1g
– Sugar: 4g
– Protein: 2g

Allergens

– Wheat
– Soy


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