Vietnamese spring rolls with nuoc cham


Vietnamese spring rolls with nuoc cham :


  • 50g dried vermicelli noodles (see note)
  • 350g pork mince
  • 170g can crab meat, well-drained
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 12 round (22cm) rice paper wrappers
  • 1 eggwhite
  • vegetable or peanut oil, for deep-frying
  • nuoc cham sauce (see related recipe), iceberg lettuce leaves, mint and coriander, to serve


  • Step 1 – Place noodles in a heatproof bowl. Cover with boiling water. Stand for 5 minutes or until tender. Drain. Roughly chop.
  • Step 2 – Combine noodles, pork, crab, garlic, coriander, onions and fish sauce in a large bowl. Mix well.
  • Step 3 – Line a baking tray with a damp tea towel. Combine 2 cups warm water and sugar in a large, round, shallow dish. Dip 1 rice paper wrapper in water mixture for 5 seconds or until it starts to soften. Place on tea towel. Place 2 tablespoons pork mixture in a sausage shape along 1 end. Roll end over filling, then roll up wrapper tightly from 1 end to the other, folding sides in to enclose filling. Brush edge with eggwhite and press to seal. Repeat with remaining rice paper wrappers and pork mixture.
  • Step 4 – Preheat oven to 150°C. Half-fill a deep-fryer or wok with oil. Heat until hot. Place a wire rack over a baking tray lined with paper towel. Cook spring rolls, in batches, for 5 minutes or until crisp and light golden. Remove to wire rack. Keep warm in oven.
  • Step 5 – Serve with lettuce leaves, mint, coriander and nuoc cham sauce.

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