Adding another somewhat time-consuming recipe this week, but it’s also a delicious one. I love Vietnamese spring rolls, especially with a good pho (recipe for pho to come!). This recipe isn’t terribly difficult, but takes a little prep and has ingredients that I don’t normally keep on hand, so it takes a little more grocery planning. If you enjoy this recipe, take a look at other great recipes at RecipeTin Eats!
- 7 – 14 sheets of 22cm/8.5″ round rice paper
- 11 small cooked prawns/shrimp (about 12cm/5″ in length, unpeeled including the head)
- 50g / 1.5 oz dried vermicelli noodles
- 7 lettuce leaves – use a lettuce with soft leaves, like Oak or Butter Lettuce
- 14 mint leaves
- 1 cup bean sprouts
Vietnamese Peanut Dipping Sauce
- 1 tbsp peanut butter, preferably smooth (crunchy is ok too)
- 2 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
- 1 1/2 tbsp white vinegar (or lime juice)
- 1/3 cup milk (any fat %) (or water)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 tsp crushed chilli, samba oelak or other chilli paste, adjust to taste (optional)
Combine the Peanut Dipping Sauce ingredients. Mix briefly (it won’t come together), then microwave for 30 seconds. Mix again until smooth. Set aside to cool. Adjust sour with vinegar, salt with salt and spiciness to taste. Thickness can be adjusted with milk or water once cooled.
Place vermicelli noodles in a bowl and cover with warm water for 2 minutes, then drain (or follow packet instructions).
Peel the prawns, slice in half lengthwise and devein.
Remove the crunchy core of the lettuce leaves.
Tip – LETTUCE BUNDLE: Place some vermicelli noodles and bean sprouts in a lettuce leaf, then roll it up, finishing seam side down. Repeat.
Fill a large bowl with warm water. The bowl doesn’t need to be large enough to fit the whole rice paper in one go.
Place two rice papers together (if using 2). Note which side is the smooth side – this is supposed to be the outside of the spring roll. Submerge the rice papers into the water (both of them at the same time, together) for 2 seconds. If your bowl isn’t large enough to fit the whole rice paper in one go, that’s fine, just rotate it and count 2 seconds for each section you submerge into the water.
Place both the rice papers (one on top of the other, they will stick together) on a board or the counter with the smooth side down.
On the top part of the rice paper, place 3 prawns with a mint leaf in between, as per the photo.
Place the lettuce bundle with the seam side down onto the middle of the rice paper.
Fold the left and right edges of the rice paper in, then starting from the bottom, roll up to cover the lettuce bundle. Then keep rolling firmly. The rice paper is sticky, it will seal itself.
If you placed the ingredients on the rice paper as per the photo below, your rice paper rolls should look pretty with the prawn and mint leaves on the smooth side of the roll and the seam on the side or underside of the roll.
Serve immediately with the peanut dipping sauce.
I love these spring rolls! They’re packed with flavor and the peanut dipping sauce is delicious-it adds a great lightly sweet flavor to the spring rolls. These take a little while to make, but rolling them (use 2 sheets of rice paper… it will make your life SO much easier!) is easy to master after just a few rolls. They stick together very well after rolled, so if you’ve ever attempted sushi… don’t let this intimidate you. It is MUCH, MUCH easier.
I have found a few shortcuts that make my life so much easier with this recipe. The first is to purchase frozen salad shrimp. There is already a lot of chopping, measuring, mixing, going on in this recipe, so this cuts some of the prep time down. Just thaw a few of these little shrimp and they’re the perfect size for the spring rolls. The second is the lettuce-it’s hit or miss what type of lettuce I can find in store or what’s on sale. I usually use the ends of Romain lettuce, but don’t include any overly bulky stalks. This usually adds a bit of a crunch without being too tough to bite through.
A great crock pot pho recipe that pairs well with these spring rolls will be coming soon, so be on the lookout!