Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

I finally made Vietnamese Spring Rolls, or Goi Cuon!

I used Youki brand rice paper wrappers, and since this was my first experience with rice paper, I have no idea if that's a good brand or not.  All the recipes I read online said soak the wrappers in water for 2-5 seconds. I did that, and said, "Huh, it doesn't seem soft enough." (As if I had any idea what I was doing.) So I soaked it longer. The wrapper then proceeded to tear, stick, and be otherwise ornery. So then I tried 5 seconds.  Worked like a charm after that, just like making a burrito.

I stuffed them with shrimp, green leaf lettuce (not iceberg!), bean sprouts, carrots, cucumber, green onion, cilantro and mint. I also threw in some cooked Mai Fun rice sticks because I couldn't find bean threads. I would've loved some roast pork, but no deli around here has it, and I wasn't about to roast some pork on a Tuesday night after working my ass off all day. More herbs would've been nice, like basil (but my plant died, I'm the only person in the world who can kill basil), or Vietnamese coriander (good luck finding that in a 30 mile radius!).

For a dipping sauce, I made hoisin peanut dipping sauce, courtesy of Todd and Diane from White on Rice Couple.

And who would've thought of this but a 14-year old obsessed with pasta, but leftover Mai Fun is pretty good with garlic, butter and parmesan.


Mom said...

garlic, butter, parmesan, pasta--that kid must be part Italian.

Vicki said...

Hey Mom - Nope, just properly influenced :)

Ji said...

Very neat picture and tasty in sight.

a job well done.

Please visit me at

take good care.

white on rice couple said...

Those look fabulous!! You rolled them nice and tight too!
Now you're making us really really hungry.... xoxo

Vicki said...

Hi Ji - Thanks!
Hey Todd & Diane - Thank you! & thanks for the sauce recipe :)

Amy J in SC said...

I've never made these but they look so simple and fresh and healthy and all things good. Looks like the perfect go to after all of the holiday grub.

Vicki said...

Hi Amy - I've been kicking myself for waiting so long to make these, so simple and so good. And you're right, they're a fresh and healthy break from the holiday excess.