Recipe: Vietnamese Summer Rolls

VIETNAMESE SUMMER ROLLS

These rice paper rolled spring rolls are super fresh, pretty healthy and seriously moreish. With so much crispy pork, peanut, sesame, soy and pickled veg they are an absolute winner and remind us of Vietnam!

Ingredients

Pickled Veg

  • 50 g carrots, julienned
  • 50 g daikon radish, julienned
  • 240 ml water
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 25 ml rice wine vinegar

Crispy Pork

  • 1 tbsp veg oil
  • 250 g pork mince
  • 1 tbsp root ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp roasted peanuts
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

Soy Dip

  • 200 ml light soy sauce
  • 1 lime
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 50 g caster sugar

To Assemble

  • 12 x 22cm rice paper
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil (Thai preferably)
  • 100 g vermicelli rice noodles
  • 1 baby gem lettuce
Pickle the veg

Step 1

Pickle The Veg

Pour the sugar, salt, water and rice wine vinegar into a jar. Plop in your peeled and julienne cut carrot and daikon to submerge and leave to pickle for several hours. (Several days in the fridge is also fine)

Make the crispy pork

Step 2

Make The Crispy Pork

Get the vegetable oil nice and hot, then add the pork. Brown it off really well until it all separates, then give it at least 20 minutes over a high heat to get it really crispy. Add the chopped ginger and garlic, soy sauce, chopped peanuts and sesame seeds before cooking for another 5 minutes until the mix is dry.

Cook the rice noodles

Step 3

Cook The Rice Noodles

Pour a kettle of boiling water over the rice vermicelli noodles and leave to stand for 4 minutes, then drain and cool under cold running water.

Create the soy dip

Step 4

Create The Soy Dip

Reduce the soy sauce, caster sugar and lime juice until it’s slightly sticky. Add the sliced chilli and toasted sesame seeds then leave to cool.

Roll

Step 5

Roll

Soften the rice paper in warm water for a minute and lay two sheets out on a chopping board on top of each other. Place a basil leaf just above centre then top with some pickled veg, the noodles, pork mince and cover with half a lettuce leaf. Fold in the sides of the rice paper (at both ends of the line of filling). Fold over from the nearest edge of the rice paper, then roll tightly up.

Repeat and serve

Step 6

Repeat And Serve

Repeat until you run out of filling then serve with the dip, it’s essential! Makes 12 rolls

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