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Vietnamese Shrimp Egg Roll Appetizer (Cha Gio Cuon Tom)

Shrimp Egg Roll, Cha Gio Cuon Tom, is a super simple Vietnamese appetizer. It is whole shrimp, marinated in a quick sauce, rolled in egg wrappers and deep fried. It comes with a side of a sweet chili dipping sauce. It's fancy. It's delicious. Best of all, it's super simple to make that is guaranteed to impress a crowd. I made the mistake of making a small batch. Avoid the fist fights, make two or three batches.

This recipe uses only five ingredients: Shrimp, egg roll wrapper, oyster sauce, sugar and an egg. I usually make this dish when I have a couple of hours of peace and quiet. I gather everything together, set up an assembly line, prop myself in front of a TV with reruns of Friends running and roll away.  

Vietnamese Shrimp Egg Roll, Cha Gio Cuon Tom

Vietnamese Shrimp Egg Roll, Cha Gio Cuon Tom

Vietnamese Shrimp Egg Roll, Cha Gio Cuon Tom

Vietnamese Shrimp Egg Roll, Cha Gio Cuon Tom

These shrimp egg rolls are best served immediately after frying to retain the crunch. However, if you have leftover, you can bake them in the oven to get back the crunch. You can also assemble the egg rolls a day ahead and fry them up the next day. 

You will need: shrimp, egg roll wrapper, oyster sauce, sugar and an egg

You will need: shrimp, egg roll wrapper, oyster sauce, sugar and an egg

Peel and devein the shrimp. Leave the tail on to make a "handle".

Peel and devein the shrimp. Leave the tail on to make a "handle".

Vietnamese Shrimp Egg Roll Appetizer Recipe
(Chả Giò Cuốn Tôm)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb headless shrimp (peel, devein and leave tails on to make a "handle")
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 packet of egg wrappers
  • 1 egg
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Bottled sweet chili dipping sauce or make your own

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, add the shrimp, oyster sauce and sugar. Marinate for at least 15 minutes. 
  2. In a small bowl, mix the egg with a fork. Set aside.
  3. Follow instructional pictures below to assemble.
  4. Deep fry the shrimp egg rolls at 375 F for about 2-3 minutes per batch or until golden brown.
  5. Remove the shrimp egg rolls from the oil and drain on a plate lined with paper towels.
  6. Serve immediately with a side of sweet chili dipping sauce. 
  7. Devour the shrimp egg rolls and smile widely. 

Assembly Instructions with Pictures

Step 1 - Cut the stack of egg roll wrappers in half at a diagonal. Then separate the wrapper into individual sheets. 

Vietnamese Shrimp Egg Roll Appetizer step 1

Step 2 - Place a shrimp at the end of a corner with the tail sticking out. Then roll up.

Vietnamese Shrimp Egg Roll Appetizer step 3

Step 3 - At the midway point, pull the top corner of the wrapper over the shrimp.

Vietnamese Shrimp Egg Roll Appetizer step 4

Step 4 - Continue rolling up. Place a bit of egg wash at the end of the last corner to seal the wrapper together.

Vietnamese Shrimp Egg Roll Appetizer step 5

You should have an shrimp egg roll that looks like this.

Vietnamese Shrimp Egg Roll Appetizer uncooked
Shrimp Egg Rolls ready for the fryer

Shrimp Egg Rolls ready for the fryer

Fry each batch for about 2-3 minutes until golden brown.

Fry each batch for about 2-3 minutes until golden brown.