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Video:Vietnamese Shrimp Rolls

with Lan of Viet Cafe

Fresh Vietnamese spring rolls are an easy appetizer that don't require frying like egg rolls or crispy spring rolls, making them a light and healthy way to begin a meal. See how to make these versatile shrimp rolls with a peanut dipping sauce.See Transcript

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Transcript:Vietnamese Shrimp Rolls

Hi! My name is Lan, chef at Viet Cafe in New York City for About.com Food. Today I'm going to show you how to make the Vietnamese rolls.

Vietnamese Shrimp Roll Ingredients

The rolls can be made with various proteins like duck, beef, but today I'm going to show you how to make shrimp rolls. To make the shrimp rolls you will need, for each roll:
  • a leaf of lettuce, use Boston or green leaf
  • about 4 poached shrimp, shelled and de-veined
  • a toothpick to hold the roll together
  • about 4-5 leaves of mint and cilantro

Prepare the Rice Noodles

  • 1/8 cup of boiled rice noodles, you buy from any Asian grocery stores
Just like pasta, you bring to boil a big pot of water, add a little bit of salt into the water, put the noodles in, boil for about 5 to 7 minutes, poor the noodles out into a calendar, rinse the noodles out with cold water to stop the cooking, and leave it dry, and serve it at room temperature.

Slice the Cucumbers

  • A slice of cucumber
To prepare the cucumbers, use a mandolin and slice like shown here.

Julienne and Pickle the Carrots

  • 1/8 of a cup of carrot, julienned and pickled
To prepare the pickled carrots, first clean the carrot, us ea mandolin, julienne it, use salt, a bit of sugar, and vinegar, rice or white vinegar will work, and mix it all together. Leave the carrots to be pickled for about 10 to 15 minutes before using.

Vietnamese Spring Roll Peanut Sauce

To make the peanut sauce, for one cup of sauce, you need:
  • 2 tbsp Hoisin sauce
  • 3 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 3-4 tbsp water
Put it in a sauce pan and bring to boil. Let it cool down before serving.

Serve the Vietnamese Spring Rolls

To serve, you can add toasted peanuts and a pinch of hot sauce. With the ingredients prepared, take the leaf of lettuce on a plate, put on the rice noodles, pickled carrots, mint and cilantro, shrimp, roll it up, then place the cucumber slice beneath the roll, rolling it again and put the tooth pick through the roll. And there you have the shrimp roll. You can use various other proteins, like grilled chicken, grilled beef, roasted duck breast, or even vegetarian.

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