Vietnamese Spring Roll

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Here is another Asian delicacy that once went viral in Malaysia and everyone wants a taste of it.

Best part, it’s super easy to make!

For pregnant mommies reading this, the butter lettuce used in this recipe is high in folate which is an essential nutrient during pregnancy.

For an authentic Vietnamese dip, you may mix a bit of the Hoisin sauce with the peanut sauce.

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Ingredients:

Spring Rolls

  • 18 medium shell-on shrimp
  • 85g of thin rice vermicelli (maifun)
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into thin matchsticks
  • 1 to 1 1/2 Persian cucumber, cut into matchsticks
  • a large red bell pepper, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed mint leaves
  • 12 pieces of butter lettuce, bottom tough stems removed
  • 12 large (22cm) circular rice paper sheets
  • warm water (for rolling spring rolls)

Peanut Sauce

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

Nước Chấm

  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 Birdseye chili, sliced
  • a clove of garlic, minced

Hoisin Dipping Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 3 tablespoons filtered water

Instructions:

Prepare the Dipping Sauce

  1. Pick your dipping sauce of choice above and mix all the sauce ingredients together. Make sure to use warm water for the nuoc cham so that the sugar dissolves more easily.
  2. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings as necessary.

Prepare the Shrimp

  1. Fill a medium saucepan or small pot with water and bring it to boil on high heat.
  2. Once the water boils, add the shrimp and cook for 2 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the water and let them cool for 5 minutes. Peel the shells from the shrimp.
  3. Lay a shrimp on its side on a chopping board. Gently press the shrimp down with one hand and use the other to slice the shrimp in half, horizontally (knife parallel to the chopping board). Repeat with the remaining shrimp. 

Prepare the Noodles

  1. Fill a large saucepan or small pot with water and bring it to boil on high heat. 
  2. Turn off the heat. Let the noodles sit in the hot water for about 5 to 8 minutes. Double check the package directions to see how long they should sit in hot water as the cooking time varies across different brands. 
  3. Once the noodles have softened, drain and rinse the noodles under cold water. You may cut the noodles with kitchen scissors several times so they are shorter and easier to grab.

Set Up Spring Roll Station

  1. Fill a large bowl with lukewarm water to wet the rice paper sheets.
  2. Transfer all the vegetables, shrimp, herbs, and noodles into bowls and arrange them on your work top. 
  3. Get a chopping board ready. Dip your hand in the water and brush water over the surface of the chopping board so that it is damp.

Roll the Spring Rolls

  1. Quickly dip a sheet of rice paper in the lukewarm water to moisten the entire surface. This should take no longer than a few seconds.
  2. Lay the wet rice paper on your work surface. Place a piece of butter lettuce close to the bottom edge of the rice paper. Arrange a small pinch each of rice noodles, carrots, cucumber, red bell pepper, and mint leaves over the center of the lettuce leaf.
  3. Arrange 3 pieces of shrimp about 1 1/2 to 2 inches below the top edge of the rice paper. Make sure that the orange/pink side is facing down. 
  4. Grab the lower edge of the rice paper and lettuce and start rolling up the spring roll. Once you have reached the shrimp, fold in the left and right sides. Finish rolling up the spring roll all the way to the end. 
  5. Repeat the rolling process with the rest of the ingredients. If the chopping board is looking dry, brush some water over the board.
  6. Serve the spring rolls with the dipping sauce.

Recipe taken from healthynibblesandbits.com

Check out the video on how to roll the spring roll here:

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