vietnamese spring rolls

March 18, 2014

makes 8 spring rolls       prep time: 30 mins       assembly time: 20 mins

2 ounces rice vermicelli
8 rice wrappers
8 large cooked shrimp, peeled, deveined and cut in half lengthwise
2 leaves lettuce (or romaine), chopped1 1/3 T chopped thai basil
other optional ingredients to add: carrots, bean sprouts, cucumbers, asparagus, shiitake mushrooms, green onions
3 T chopped fresh mint leaves
3 T chopped fresh cilantro

dipping sauce
4 tsp fish sauce
1 T water
1 T fresh lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 T sugar
1/2 tsp garlic chili sauce (or sriracha)
3 T hoisin sauce
1 tsp finely chopped peanuts


  1. bring a medium saucepan of water to boil. boil rice vermicelli 3-5 minutes, or until al dente, and drain.
  2. fill a large bowl with warm water. dip one wrapper into the water for 3 seconds to soften. lay wrapper flat. in a row across the center, place noodles, 2 shrimp halves, basil, mint, cilantro, and lettuce, leaving about 2 inches uncovered on each side. fold uncovered sides inward, then tightly roll the wrapper, beginning at the end with the lettuce. repeat with remaining ingredients.
  3. in a small bowl, mix the fish sauce, water, lime juice, garlic, sugar, and chili sauce.
  4. in another small bowl, mix the hoisin sauce and peanuts.
  5. serve rolled spring rolls with the fish sauce and hoisin sauce mixtures.


oh i have been waiting to make these for a long time now and thanks to tammy, i have a great recipe and most of the ingredients to make them ! i didn’t have any of the herbs because i forgot to buy them while grocery shopping. but everything else i had. this is so easy to make and great for children too, since they can choose the ingredients they want in one and put it together on their own with some supervision. lance showed up just in time to help me put 8 of these together. the noodles were a little bland; i’ll have to figure out a way to flavor them next time, but the sauce helps to give the rolls flavor. these turned out to be pretty large rolls, mostly because we filled them to capacity !

all in all, they were quite delicious and a really easy dinner to make. they were also surprisingly filling.


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