Ari Cooks… Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Difficulty level: Easy!

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Hey guys! Sorry I haven’t posted for a while but I’m back and decided to write my first blog on something I make all the time!

Vietnamese spring rolls may appear really complicated but they are surprising pretty simple and cheap to make–I can make a large batch of 8+ for around $20 when places like Elizabeth Street charge around $10 for 2!

They are really customizable so feel free to add other ingredients like avocado, bean sprouts, carrots, etc. if you decide to make these, but the ones I’m showing you how to make today are super simple and basic.

Step 1: Gather Ingredients

To make mine you’re gonna need…

– a couple sprigs of basil and cilantro

-some thin Vietnamese noodles

-spring roll wraps

-shrimp (can be frozen, fresh, or the easiest method is to buy some shrimp cocktail)

-and/or shredded chicken if you prefer that over shrimp or want both (they’re amazing together!)

-couple thin slices of cucumber

-lettuce

-and sauce of your choosing.. you can easily buy some peanut sauce from the same Asian section as you get the spring roll paper and noodles or find an online recipe for fish oil sauce (super simple to make) if you have a nut allergy

Step 2: Prep

*lettuce not pictured

Boil the noodles in a large pot for just a few minutes (they cook fast), then strain into a bowl of ice-cold water and set aside.

If you are using frozen shrimp, boil till pink then peel and de-vein and also put into sep. ice bath.

Wash veggies/herbs and set out onto large cutting board.

Heat large saucepan of water to a simmer.

Step 3: Assemble

Like I said, super simple!! We’re already on the final step!

Using saucepan of hot water soak one spring roll wrap, then lay flat into cutting board.

Add all your ingredients you just prepped based on preference and make sure to pack it fairly tight. I typically add 3 pieces of shrimp per roll and 2 if I’m also adding shredded chicken, then just a couple sprigs of the herbs, a large piece of the Romain lettuce, and a small handful of noodles.

You’re now going to take one side and fold it over the ingredients, then the two smaller ends to connect with the piece you just folded over (the wrap is extremely sticky so be careful!) then taking your ingredients with the 3 sides slightly covering you are going to roll it onto the final side as tightly as possible.

Now pour/make some sauce and enjoy!

Hope you guys were able to follow this recipe and you are able to try it! It’s now one of my go-to snacks bc it’s so easy to make and so much better making it myself because I can add whatever I want inside!!

Lmk what you guys think of both the recipe and this post 🙂

-Ari

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