Apr 11, 2011
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Vietnamese Spring Rolls

By: Maj Lazatin

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Going the healthy route? Start your meal right with this fresh-flavored appetizer.

Makes 5 rolls 
Prep Time
25 minutes 
Cooking Time
10 minutes


For the marinade
3 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons sugar
1 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon black pepper

250 grams (5 pieces) yakiniku beef
5 round sheets rice paper
5 lettuce leaves
1/2 carrot, shredded
1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and sliced thinly
1/2 cup cooked vermicelli noodles (sotanghon)
5 (2x3-inch) strips fried tofu
20 leaves cilantro
25 leaves sweet basil

For the spring roll sauce
3 cloves garlic
2 to 3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons grated carrot
1/3 cup rice vinegar


Make the marinade: Using a mortar and pestle, pound the garlic and sugar to form a paste. Place the paste in a flat casserole dish then add in the other ingredients. If it is too sour for your liking, add a little more sugar.

Place the beef in the prepared mixture and marinate for 5 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the griller or grill pan. When hot, cook the marinated beef for 5 to 10 minutes or until brown; set aside.

Assemble the spring rolls: On a plate, place one sheet rice paper and soak it in water. When the paper is soft, layer 1 lettuce leaf, shredded carrots, cucumber, noodles, 1 strip fried tofu, 4 leaves cilantro, 5 leaves sweet basil, and 1 slice yakiniku beef. Roll it carefully then slice into bite-sized pieces.

4  Make the sauce: Using a mortar and pestle, pound the garlic and sugar to form a paste. Combine with remaining ingredients.

Place sauce on a serving plate and place rolls on top of the sauce.

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Photography by Enrico Gutierrez  | Styling by Paulynn Chang Afable  | Props from Robinsons Department Store


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  • docrose Apr 25 2011 @ 01:16pm Report Abuse
    Great! Thanks a lot minnette! =)
  • Minnette Apr 12 2011 @ 09:56am Report Abuse
    Hi Rose!
    There's rice paper rolls in the refrigerated area of the fresh section where you find siomai and lumpia wrappers. I've seen them in Robinsons Supermarket and Landmark.
  • Guest Apr 11 2011 @ 10:08pm Report Abuse
    hi! i've been wanting to make vietnamese spring rolls but just don't know where to buy rice paper. Is there a store where i could buy them in the qc area? thanks! =)
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