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Vietnam: How to Make Vietnamese Salad Rolls


Culinary & food History & heritage Kids
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City of Surrey, BC



Offered in English.


Salad rolls are believed to have originated from China. They were a seasonal food consumed during the spring, which is how it got its name. Filled with the new season’s freshly harvested vegetables, spring rolls were a welcome change from the preserved foods of the long winter months.

(Gluten-Free, Vegetarian and Vegan Options Available)


Salad Rolls:

- 1lb of pork belly (sub for tofu, avocado for veg version)

- 1lb of shrimps (sub for tofu, avocado for veg version)

- 200g rice vermicelli

- 1 cucumber

- 20 sheets of rice paper

- 1 lettuce

- mint, cilantros, chives

- 300g of bean sprout

Dipping Sauce:

- 1 tbsp of oil

- 1 tbsp of minced garlic

- 1 tbsp of minced shallot

- 1 cup of Hoisin sauce

- 1/3 cup of peanut butter (optional)

- 1 cup of broth (from cooking the pork belly - can sub for vegetable broth)

- ½ cup of crush roast peanut (optional)

- hot chili (optional)


Salad Rolls:

Step 1-

Boil water. Add rice vermicelli noodles and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until they turns soft. Once cooked, take them out and rinse them in cold water to stop the vermicelli from overcooking.

Step 2-

Boil pork belly with 1 teaspoon of salt. Once boiled, turn heat to medium low and cook for 30 - 35 minutes. Use a chopstick to spoke the meat. If there is no red water coming out, the meat is cooked.

Step 3-

Take the pork bellow out of the boiling water and put in cold water to avoid blackening. Save the boiling pork stock to use to make the dipping sauce.

Step 4-

Once cooled, slice the pork belly into thin slices.

Step 5-

Cook the shrimp in boiling water for 2 minutes. Once cooked, remove and put them in ice water.

Step 6-

Peel the shrimps' skin, then cut them in a half vertically and devein them.

Step 7-

Slice the cucumber into 3" long thin slices.

Step 8-

Prepare a dish of warm water. Soften the rice paper by quick soaking it in the dish.

Step 9-

Lay it on a flat surface, like a plate or a clean cutting board.

Step 10-

Add the lettuce, mint, cilantro, cucumber and vermicelli across the center of the rice paper, leaving about 2’’ each size. Add pork and shrimp. Roll once, and then fold 2 sides in. Continue to roll the wrap gently and tightly.

Dipping Sauce:

Step 1-

Heat a pan, add 1 tbsp of oil, followed by 1 tbsp of minced shallots and garlic.

Step 2-

Add hoisin sauce, peanut butter, and 1 cup of broth from the pork belly cooking water. Stir well and cook slowly on low heat until it thickens.

Step 4-

Top the sauce with some crushed roasted peanuts and minced chilli on top.

Step 5-

Dip your salad rolls into the sauce and enjoy!

Be sure to post your cooking results on social media using the hashtag #SurreyFusion and tag @surreybcevents.



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