After living in Thailand for almost two years, I became very inspired to cook and create new dishes that I had not been used to cooking pre-Thailand. Fresh spring rolls could be found on many of the Thai menus but when I think of them, I tend to think Vietnamese.
My sister-in-law Charlotte is a fantastic cook. She and my brother have had us over countless times to eat the most delicious Vietnamese food. She makes the most wonderful fresh spring rolls. Each time we have had them they have had different fillings. That is what I love about these things. You can basically fill them with whatever you want. In true “Fay thinks she’s bored so she is going to create” fashion, I decided to give making fresh spring rolls another go.
For my filling I used two different types of mint, cilantro, lettuce leaf, shredded daikon, shredded carrot, sliced green onion, vermicelli noodles and braised pork belly. I basically just looked at what I had in the fridge and went for it.
For anyone who has ever made these, you know that dipping the dry wrapper in a bowl of warm water (to soften) can be quite a task. More times than not, the wrapper folds on itself and it is nearly impossible to unfold without ripping. Enter this genius of a kitchen tool! Charlotte gave me this wonderful invention to aid in the making of fresh spring rolls.
Another great tool when making the fresh spring rolls is this plastic mesh plate. It just sits atop a plate, and you can put the softened wrapper on top and it makes assembling your spring rolls so much easier!
Then moved to the herbs and the meat before adding the vermicelli noodles. Once all my goodies are added it is time to roll the spring roll. And here is where it becomes like assembling a burrito. Simply fold the bottom portion of the wrapper toward the top, tuck in the sides and roll tight like a burrito. Sure, I make it sound so simple but I still need a lot of practice. But what did we always learn as little children? “Practice makes perfect!”I have to say, mine are not the most beautiful looking but they sure tasted delicious and are a great guilt-free snack or meal.
Cheers and happy eating!