When the 5th pandemic wave raged the town leaving most of us in WFH mode, the frequency of cooking at home is more than ever. Take this as a chance to polish your culinary skills and enjoy the art of cooking. Here's a simple Vietnamese home cooking recipe for the newbies.
Gỏi Cuốn means rice paper salad rolls and it is one of the most iconic and well-known dishes of Vietnam. It can be a snack or a light meal that is super nutritious and healthy as it's loaded with fresh veggies, herbs and protein. The fillings combination are countless, you can choose your favorite protein based on your preferences. Or, you could simply follow our recipe below to make a traditional one.
Let's get started!
Rice paper sheet
Herbs of your choice (suggested to have mint, cilantro and Chinese chives)
Shrimp (white shrimp or tiger shrimp)
You could get most of the ingredients in a Chinese supermarket or local wet market.
Boil the pork belly and shrimp to well done and cut the pork belly into thin slices after cooling down
Cook the rice vermicelli according to the package's instruction, then rinse and drain to cool
Wash the lettuce and herbs and dry them thoroughly
Prepare a bowl of lukewarm drinking water
Quickly dip the rice paper into water (make sure don't dip it too long, or else the rice paper will get too soggy and sticky)
First, add a thin layer of cooked rice vermicelli at the bottom of the rice paper
Second, add lettuce and herbs on top of the rice vermicelli
Finally, add a row of pork belly slices and shrimp up against the rice vermicelli
Time to Wrap
Keep all ingredients with similar length and width
Fold the left and right sides of the rice paper inwards
Give a little pressure and roll it upwards from the bottom till the end
Serve and enjoy
Gỏi Cuốn and dipping sauce is just like bread and butter, a delicious dipping sauce can escalate the flavor of fillings. You could go with appetizing fish sauce or tangy peanut dipping sauce. Refer to Vietnamese Sauces & Side Dishes 101 blog to pick the right one.
Gỏi Cuốn is an extraordinary dish to enjoy in all seasons. Except for the classic pork belly and shrimp combination, BEP has added vegetarian versions and new twists like soft shell crab and avocado.
Visit us to savor more variations of rice paper salad rolls!
Recipe courtesy of Hungry Huy.
Image of assemble & image of wrapping process courtesy of Hungry Huy