Posts tagged rolls
Vietnamese Egg Rolls (Cha Gio)

Vietnamese Egg Rolls are marinated ground pork rolled in wheat wrappers and deep fried. It can be eaten as a main dish with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce (Nuoc Mam Cham) or as a component to a main dish like Vietnamese Grilled Pork with Vermicelli Noodles (Bun Thit Nuong). Vietnamese egg rolls filling may also include ground shrimp, chopped jicama, shredded carrot and cabbage. This recipe is a basic traditional recipe of ground pork, minced woodear mushroom and thin rice vermicelli noodles.

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Vietnamese Steamed Rice Rolls (Banh Cuon)

Vietnamese Steamed Rice Rolls or, Bánh Cuốn, are thin sheets of steamed rice batter filled with ground pork, jicama and wood ear mushrooms. The rice rolls get a glaze of scallion oil and a sprinkle of crispy fried shallots, then served on a bed of fresh thinly sliced cucumbers, chopped lettuce, Vietnamese herbs, blanched bean sprouts and slices of Vietnamese sausage (Chả Lụa). All of this is served with a side of Vietnamese fish sauce dipping sauce (Nước Mắm Chấm).

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Vietnamese Spring Rolls (Goi Cuon Tom Thit)

Vietnamese Spring Roll or Goi Cuon Tom Thit is a refreshing appetizer made up of shrimp, pork, vermicelli noodles, and an assortment of vegetables rolled in rice paper. They are served at room temperature with a side of peanut dipping sauce or alternatively, Vietnamese fish sauce dipping sauce. This dish is best eaten in Spring and Summer when fresh herbs such as Perilla, Sorrel, and Chinese chives, are plentiful and cheap.

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Vietnamese Steamed Pork Buns (Banh Bao)

Vietnamese Steamed Pork Buns, or Bánh Bao, are fluffy savory buns made with ground pork, mushrooms, hard boiled eggs and Chinese sausages. It's simple and delicious on-the-go food. Everything you need in a meal conveniently fits in the palm of your hand.

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Dim Sum: Chinese Soup Dumpling (Xiao Long Bao)

Xiao Long Bao, also known XLB for short or Little Dragon Buns for a literal translation, are steamed dumplings made of ground pork and pork broth. The common question with XLB is how they get the broth inside the dumpling. The answer fascinated me and many others. To get the broth inside the dumpling, the pork broth is made ahead of time from slowly simmering pork bones with skin on them. The broth is then chilled and the gelatin from the pork skins solidifies the pork broth. It is cubed up then mixed together with the ground pork filling. The filling is encased into a thin flour wrapper and then steamed in a bamboo basket.

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Vietnamese Jicama and Carrot Spring Rolls (Goi Cuon Bo Bia)

Vietnamese Jicama and Carrot Springs Rolls, or Goi Cuon Bo Bia, is a refreshing and healthy traditional Vietnamese appetizer and snack. It is rice paper wrapped around julienned jicamas and carrots, Chinese sausages, dried shrimp, ribbons of fried eggs and Thai basil.

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Vietnamese Pizza Recipe (Banh Trang Nuong)

Banh Trang Nuong, or Vietnamese Pizza, is a popular street food among young people in Vietnam. It resembles pizza with an assortment of fun toppings. However, instead of a thick dough as the base, you have a thin sheet of rice paper. Instead of tomato sauce, you have a quail or chicken egg beaten directly on top of the rice paper and spread evenly. The egg prevents the rice paper from burning, and it serves as a glue for the toppings. There's no right or wrong topping. Some people like to add a Western spin with cheese and cut-up hot dogs. Whereas I like to keep mine very traditional with exotic Southeast Asian flavors, such as fermented shrimp paste (Mam Ruoc), dried pork, and Sriracha sauce.

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Vietnamese Savory Mini Pancakes (Banh Khot)

Banh Khot, or Vietnamese savory mini pancakes, is made from a batter of rice flour, corn starch, tumeric powder and coconut milk. The batter is fried on a cast iron Banh Khot or Aebleskiver frying pan to crispy perfection on the outside and fluffy on the inside. These mini pancakes are topped with shrimp, brushed with scallion oil and sprinkled with a dash of toasted minced dried prawns. They come with a plate stacked high in Vietnamese herbs and a small bowl of spicy and sweet dipping sauce. 

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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.

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