Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Shrimp and Peanut Sauce

(Last Updated On: August 15, 2017)

We order these spring rolls almost every time we go to our favorite Thai restaurant. So it came as a bit of a surprise during a visit to Southeast Asia that the recipe is actually one from Vietnam. But no matter what the origin, these fresh spring rolls always make me feel like I have had the healthiest dish of the day. The crunchy vegetables, sweet shrimp and fresh herbs are a refreshing combination. The peanut sauce adds a little bit of spice and richness that comes together to make the perfect snack or appetizer.

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Peanut Sauce Ingredients:

1 Cup Chunky Peanut Butter

1/3 Cup Coconut Milk

Juice of One Lime

2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce

3 Tablespoons Fish Sauce (nam pla)

2 Tablespoons Chili Garlic Sauce

1 Tablespoon Fresh Ginger (finely diced)

2 Cloves Garlic (Finely Chopped)

2 Tablespoons Finely Chopped Cilantro

2 Tablespoons Honey

Method:

Combine all of the ingredients and set aside.

Ingredients for 4 Fresh Spring Rolls:

4  8 1/2″ Rice Paper Wrappers

16 Medium Cooked Shrimp

4 oz Vermicelli Noodles

1 Large Carrot – shredded or cut into long strips with a vegetable peeler

Green lettuce leaves, washed and dried.

Fresh Thai Basil, Mint and Cilantro

Method:

Place the vermicelli noodles into boiling water and cook until soft (approximately 3 minutes). Drain and place the noodles in a refrigerator to cool.

Place the rice paper onto a damp cloth and moisten each side. The rice paper should become pliable. You can alternately dip the rice paper sheet into a bowl of warm water for a few seconds.

Place a lettuce leaves along the center of the rice paper. Then add layers of carrot, rice noodles, fresh herbs. Place  2 – 3 shrimp on top, spacing them out equally.

Fold in the sides, and then roll the paper into a firmly packed cilendar.

Serve with peanut sauce and chili garlic sauce on the side.

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