Vietnamese Spring Rolls (Cha Gio Viet)

Fried Vietnamese spring rolls made of crab, sotanghon, and veggies.

June 2008 | By
Vietnamese Spring Rolls (Cha Gio Viet)
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June 2008

The Vietnames love their spring rolls so much they have two popular versions. Here's the fried version. To see the fresh version,  see Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls.

Serves 4 to 5 
Prep Time
40 minutes 
Cooking Time
20 minutes


10 sheets dried rice paper
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup peanut oil

For the filling
1 ounce vermicelli noodles (sotanghon)
1 tablespoon dried mushrooms
1/2 pound ground lean pork
1/2 large onion
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 ounces crab meat
2 ounces shrimp, shelled and chopped
1/4 teaspoon pepper

For the Nuoc Cham (spicy fish sauce)
 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/2 hot chili pepper, finely chopped
1/2 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sugar
juice of half a lime
1/2 cup fish sauce
2 1/2 tablespoons water  


Soak noodles in warm water for 20 minutes and cut into 1-inch-long pieces.

Soak dried mushrooms for 30 minutes, then drain and finely chop.

Combine all the filling ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

4  Cut a round sheet of rice paper into quarters. With a pastry brush, paint each with beaten egg.

5  When the wrapper is soft and transparent, place about 1 teaspoon of filling near the curved side. Fold the side over to enclose the filling and continue to roll.

6  After filling all the wrappers, fry the rolls on moderate heat until golden brown.

7  Serve spring rolls with lettuce, cilantro, mint, and Nuoc Cham (recipe follows).

Make Nuoc Cham (spicy fish sauce):  In a small bowl, combine garlic, chili pepper, sugar and lime juice. Add fish sauce and water. Mix well.

Shopping tip:
You can load up on authentic Vietnamese food items such as Bahn Trang, Nam Pla, and Nuoc Mam at selected Pho Hoa branches in Metro Manila.

RELATED recipes:   Maj Lazatin's Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls,
Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls




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