These spring rolls were made a while ago, but I just can't help but post this because they were the best spring rolls I have ever had in my entire life. That's right. MY ENTIRE LIFE. They were made by hand and in the company of some of my favorite people, which makes a difference in how good the food tastes, I think..:) Enjoy the intense process below (yes, it was tedious) but it's a great date night or group activity where everyone can chip in and contribute. Ingredients are flexible, so experiment and have fun trying new flavors! Here is a list of everything we used:
- Egg roll wrappers (cut in half)
- Shrimp (w/ shells)
- Green onions (cut into 3-inch slices)
- Egg whites (for sealing egg roll wraps)
- Oil (for deep frying)
- Round rice paper (for wrapping)
- Ground pork (patties cut into slices)
- Cucumbers (slices)
- Granny Smith apple slices (slices)
- Romain lettuce
- Vermicelli rice noodles
- Shrimp sauce
- Peanut sauce (from Out the Door)
- Vegetarian sauce (from Out the Door)
- Sriracha chili garlic sauce
How to Make Amazing Vietnamese Spring Rolls
We started by making yummy egg rolls to go inside the actual spring roll. (Yes, these are doubled up with deliciousness. The crunchy egg roll inside the fresh spring roll is an amazing combination.)
After rolling about 100 of these egg rolls, we deep fried them in oil. Remember, you can leave the shrimp out and just do green onions to stay vegetarian if you need to. We had a few people allergic to seafood, so we did about 30 or so without shrimp. When I do these again, I will probably add carrot to the vegetarian egg rolls.
When they're all wrapped, deep fry all the rolls for a few minutes until golden and crispy. Don't forget to keep the vegetarian ones separated from the others!
Meanwhile, the master chef (Sybil) was preparing everything else. She made an amazing shrimp sauce, cooked rice noodles, prepared loads of fresh vegetable ingredients and cooked the meat patties that were later cut into slices (see below).
The green plastic trays above are great for separating the rice paper rounds and can be found at a local Asian grocery store. When everything is prepared, dip your rice paper in water until flexible, pile on the ingredients, wrap it all together, dip into your favorite sauce and experience true happiness. Ok, maybe not true happiness, but pretty darn close..:) Enjoy!