Rolling your own vietnamese spring rolls

We decided to make vietnamese spring rolls for dinner. They turned out great. We do these like once a month. It is fun to make them, they are very tasty. If you're watching your diet, these are also very healthy for you due to their flexibility in ingredients. I think the best part about it is that this whole dinner cost us about $6.00 in ingredients by the time we finished I was stuffed. Check out the pictures.

All the ingredients

Starting with the lettuce at the top and moving clockwise, we have: lettuce, mint, tofu, spring rolls noodles (I don't know what they're actually called), tofu, cucumber, green onions, shrimp, pork and cilantro.

Rice paper

Take a large bowl, fill it with warm water (warmer than cooler), and dip your rice paper so it gets wet all over. Don't soak it in there, just dip it so its completely wet and bring it back to your plate.

Loading up ingredients

Start loading up the ingredients. If you divide the paper in thirds, you should keep the ingredients in between the first and second sections closest to you. Fill in with whatever ingredients you want.

Loading up more ingredients

Here you see all the ingredients prior to rolling it up. Shrimp, lettuce, noodles, cilantro, cucumbers, and its hard to see, but there is some pork in there as well. You don't want to overload the roll because it will be tough to roll it without breaking. Trust me, I know this from experience.

Roll it up 2 Roll it up Finish rolling Finished

It may take you a while to get it right. But you should roll the part closest to you over the ingredients while pushing the ingredients in. Then you'll feel the paper stick to itself, then roll a little bit more, then tuck in the sides and continue rolling until you reach the end.

Wet paper

That's what the paper looks like just after you get it wet. Wait 30 seconds to a minute and it will soak up all the water that remains and it will become soft. That's why you don't want to oversoak it. It will eventually get soft. If you dip it in the water too much it will break apart really easily.

Tajin

After you put your ingredients in, you can add salt, pepper or other spices to taste. I use this mexican mixed spice called Tajin. It's awesome, I put it in a lot of stuff, but it is especially good when crispy veggies are involved.

Enjoy

After you roll one or two of them, enjoy. There is a sauce that you can make where you would dip them. It is made with Hoisin sauce, rice, sugar, peanut butter, chilli and a few other ingredients. It's awesome.

That's it. This is a very healthy, inexpensive, family-friendly meal, and if you've never made them yourself, it is a fun experience to try.

All of the photos are in Flickr.

8 Comments

  1. Looks good. We are definitely going to try this one evening. Can you find the rice paper in one of the big chain grocery stores or is a trip to one of the smaller “specialized” markets in order?

  2. Awesome, let me know how they turn out when you try them. The rice paper… I think you might be able to find it at Albertson’s or Ralph’s or even Gelson’s under the “ethnic” aisle. Haha, but if not, the 99 Ranch market would be your next best option without going to an Asian supermarket.

  3. Looks Delicious! I can’t wait to try them out myself!

  4. hahaha

    this was a cute post.

    I will try to make these!!!! 🙂

  5. do you or Helen know how to make the peanut dipping sauce? I know you can buy it made at Trader Joes…but I think I made it once with Peanutbutter…..but have no idea what else goes in it…

  6. Dipping Sauce – Use 6 table spoons hoison sauce, 1 TB peanut, 2 TB cooked white rice and little bit of water to make the sauce a little less thick (paste texture). You would mix this in a blender. If you like spicy, add some red hot sauce like – the rooster sauce or jalapeno.

  7. Thanks Hello Kitty! 🙂

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