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?
- 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
- 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.
- Prepare your station:
- Prepare a large tray or a large plate and place in front of you to roll the spring rolls
- Prepare a large salad bowl full of water to dip and wet the rice paper
- Detach the lettuce leaves and rinse them with water and leave in the colander to rid of excess water
- Rinse the mint leaves with water
- Put everything around you: the tray for rolling, the colander of lettuce, the mint, the shrimps, the bowl of rice noodle
- Let’s roll:
- Dip one whole rice paper into the bowl of water and lay it flat on the rolling tray
- 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.
- put some rice noodle on top
- then the lettuce
- and now, to roll it, first fold in the sides to secure the length of the roll
- then roll the 7 cm of rice paper between us and the filling, then just continue to roll up the spring roll.
- Aaaaaand you’re done haha. See how easy it is??
- 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!!
And here’s the sunset in Toulouse at Place de la Daurade for a bonus ^^
Photo by: Sanshui Cai
Edited by: Chinou