Vietnamese Spring Rolls with peanut sauce

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Hi everybody,

Have you ever tried Vietnamese spring rolls? For me it is such an excellent appetizer for summer, but I just made about 36 of them the other day for a fall picnic haha.

It was actually for an event that our class held last week. We had such good fun and my full tray of spring rolls were gone in a heartbeat. 🙂 It is a very good food to bring to a potluck picnic since you don’t need utensils to eat it. The only thing you might need to bring are some plastic dipping bowls to share the sauce ^_^. Are you guys ready?

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of tapioca rice paper (the type that would become elastic once wet)
  • 1 pack of dried rice noodle “bún”
  • 1 big head of lettuce
  • 1 pound of deveined and cooked shrimps
  • 1 bunch of fresh mint
  • Peanut butter
  • Sweet soysauce
  • Water

Method:

  1. Follow the instruction on the package to cook dried noodle and let cool. It should take about 4 minutes to cook. Transfer it to a bowl.
  2. Prepare your station:
    1. Prepare a large tray or a large plate and place in front of you to roll the spring rolls
    2. Prepare a large salad bowl full of water to dip and wet the rice paper
    3. Detach the lettuce leaves and rinse them with water and leave in the colander to rid of excess water
    4. Rinse the mint leaves with water
    5. Put everything around you: the tray for rolling, the colander of lettuce,  the mint, the shrimps, the bowl of rice noodle
  3. Let’s roll:
    1. Dip one whole rice paper into the bowl of water and lay it flat on the rolling tray
    2. Put 3 shrimps and 3 mint leaves on the rice paper in alternate order, about 7 cm from the edge that is closer to you.
    3. put some rice noodle on top
    4. then the lettuce
    5. and now, to roll it, first fold in the sides to secure the length of the roll
    6. then roll the 7 cm of rice paper between us and the filling, then just continue to roll up the spring roll.
    7. Aaaaaand you’re done haha. See how easy it is??
    8. Now let’s get to the sauce. It is quite subjective to how it should taste, but I just mix 4 tbsp of sweet soysauce, 2 tbsp of peanut butter and 2 tbsp of water in a saucepan on low heat until everything is incorporated. The sauce is that simple, just the combination of three ingredients, so just adjust the ratio according to your taste! 🙂

I hope you will have fun with this! Bon appetit!!

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And here’s the sunset in Toulouse at Place de la Daurade for a bonus ^^

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Photo by: Sanshui Cai

Edited by: Chinou

xoxo

Chinou

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