Vietnamese Imperial Rolls
Vietnamese Imperial Rolls
Enjoy this quick and easy spring roll recipe from Martin Yan's Taste of Vietnam.
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Technique Frying
  • Preparation Time 45 minutes
  • Cooking Time 35 minutes
  • Yield 8 servings
  • ½ cup julienned Carrot
  • ½ cup julienned Jicama
  • ⅓ cup julienned Green onion
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ cup dried Wood ear mushrooms, soaked to soften and chopped
  • 28 grams dried Bean thread (Cellophane noodles), soaked in warm water to soften and cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 170 grams ground Chicken
  • 113 grams raw Shrimp, peeled, deveined and finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Soy sauce
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 12 Rice paper rounds (6-inch diameter)
  • Cooking oil for deep-frying
  • Dipping Sauce:
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 1 tablespoon Fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Rice vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon Lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh Red chilli
  • ½ teaspoon minced Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon packed Brown sugar
  • 1 head Lettuce, washed and leaves separated
  • 1 bunch Vietnamese mint (rau răm)
  • 1 bunch Mint sprigs
  1. Combine carrot, jicama, green onion and salt in a bowl. Toss well and set aside for 20 minutes. Using your hands, squeeze out excess liquid over a strainer and discard the liquid. Return mixture to bowl.
  2. Add mushrooms, cellophane noodles, chicken, shrimp, sugar, soy sauce and pepper. Mix well.
  3. To make rolls: Fill a large bowl with hot water. Dip one rice paper round into water bowl until fully moistened (rice paper round should be pliable and soft). Place rice paper round on a clean flat work surface. Place about 1/4 cup filling in center of round. Lift bottom edge of round up and over filling. Roll away from you, one turn, enclosing filling completely. Fold in left and right sides and continue rolling to form a tight cylinder. Repeat with remaining rice paper rounds and filling. (At this stage, rolls can be frozen and reserved for later, or cooked.)
  4. To fry: Heat enough oil in a wok or stir-fry pan over medium to medium-high heat to 325 degrees F. Add rolls, a few at a time, turning occasionally until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Lift out and place rolls on a paper towel-lined cooling rack or plate
  5. Combine dipping sauce ingredients in a small serving bowl
  6. To serve, cut each roll diagonally in half and arrange on a platter with lettuce, rau ram and mint. Serve dipping sauce on the side

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