When I moved to the Bay Area, the one thing I missed the most about living in LA was my mom’s cooking. There is no one better in kitchen in my opinion (and I’m including my grandma in this statement). All my favorite dishes are ones that she used to make for me. Part of the reason I learned how to cook was so I could recreate these recipes for myself. One of these dishes is spring rolls or goi cuon in Vietnamese.
This is a healthy, refreshing dish that is perfect for summer and easy to make! It is made of fresh veggies, shrimp and pork belly (optional) all wrapped in rice paper. It is also a cold dish, so it’s perfect for hot summer days.
The hardest part of making spring rolls is wrapping it. Below you will find step by step instructions on how to make your own. Keep in mind that this takes a lot of practice, so don’t feel bad if you fail a couple times at first. 🙂
Step 1: Lay the rice paper on a flat plate. Place lettuce, mint, carrots, cucumbers, noodles, and pork belly on one end of the rice paper.
Step 2: Roll it halfway. Make sure to roll it as tight as possible, so it’s easier to dip and eat. Place 4 shrimp right in front of your roll. This will allow for the shrimp to appear neatly at the end.
Step 3: Roll over the shrimp as tightly as possible. Tuck in the sides of the roll before completing your last roll.
If you are following me on Instagram, you may have seen my post on my Good Eggs haul. This was my first time ordering from this grocery delivery service. Nowadays, it seems like there are so many of these services popping up (Instacart, Amazon Fresh, Safeway). This service differentiates itself by delivering produce straight from local farms. I love this idea. It not only gives local farms a way to distribute their goods, it’s especially useful for a working gal like me. It’s sometimes hard to squeeze in a grocery run let alone make a trip to the local farmers market, so I was super stoked to try this out. The entire experience was seamless. Their website is easy to use and the groceries can be delivered the same day! Their price points are also great. I got everything I needed at a similar cost to that of a normal grocery store. A couple things to note about their service. 1) You may not find everything you need as produce availability depends on their availability at local farms. 2) You need to spend a minimum of $30 for each order.
Spring RollsPrint Recipe
- 1 cup hoison sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- Spring Rolls
- 1 pound pork belly
- 0.70 pound shrimp
- 2 ounces vermicelli noodles
- 8 pieces of rice paper
- 1 head lettuce
- 1 medium carrot
- 1 medium cucumber
- mint to taste
Heat oil in a sauce pan.
Add in the hoison sauce and water. Mix thoroughly and let it simmer at low heat for a minute. The sauce should thicken up. (see picture above for reference)
Add in the peanut butter and stir until well incorporated.
Bring 8 cups of water to a boil and add in the pork belly. Cook the pork belly in boiling water for an hour or until the internal temperature is 160 degrees F. Once it's done cooking, set it aside to rest.
In the same pot, bring 6 cups of water to a boil and add in the shrimp. Cook the shrimp for 3-5 minutes or until the shrimp turns orange and the meat is opaque. Set aside.
Using the same pot a third time, bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Add in the vermicelli noodles and cook for 2-3 minutes. Sample the noodles to make sure they are done. Set aside.
Dip the rice paper in warm water to hydrate it. Lay the rice paper on a flat plate. Place lettuce, mint, carrots, cucumbers, noodles, and pork belly on one end of the rice paper.
Roll it halfway. Make sure to roll it as tight as possible, so it's easier to dip and eat. Place 4 shrimp right in front of your roll. This will allow for the shrimp to appear neatly at the end.
Roll over the shrimp as tightly as possible. Tuck in the sides of the roll before completing your last roll.