Recipe: Fresh Vietnamese Rolls (Spring? Summer?)

I served these on Sunday night (according to my menu plan) alongside the Vietnamese Shrimp Salad. It was a lovely Asian meal… better than in a restaurant, and cheaper too. These rolls are a great compliment to any meal, not just a Vietnamese one! Making these rolls (wraps) with rice paper is a really fun activity – might be a good project for kids who want to learn how to cook.

Maggie’s Fresh Vietnamese Rolls


  • rice paper (large or small circles) (I used small this time)
  • bean sprouts
  • green beans
  • cooked noodles (I used ramen leftover from my salad)
  • cilantro, chopped
  • iceberg lettuce, chopped
  • anything else you want! – shredded carrot, shrimp, crab, pork, pickled radish, etc…


  1. Prep all the ingredients – lay them out so they are easily accessible.
  2. Soak a rice paper in a bowl of water for 10 seconds. Lay the paper on a clean towel. Stuff with the goodies (put them in the middle). Wrap up like a burrito. Repeat!
  3. Dip in…

Dressing (per 1 serving)

  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar

Mix dressing ingredients together with a fork. Adjust ingredients to your liking (I usually add more peanut butter). Dip the rolls in the dressing.

I made 3 rolls with the noodles and 3 without. I prefer them without, but with the noodles it is easier to burrito-wrap them. I guess it’s a tradeoff.

What’s your favorite kind of wrap?

0 comment on Recipe: Fresh Vietnamese Rolls (Spring? Summer?)

  1. sophia
    21 April, 2010 at 1:21 am (7 years ago)

    I adore summer rolls. Damn weather is so cold nowadays, despite it being spring! I think the sauce makes it shine most!

    Favorite wrap…hm, hard to say. I usually like wraps that are hot and grilled.
    Does xiao long bao count? Hey, have you visited Joe’s Shanghai yet?

  2. Melissa S.
    21 April, 2010 at 1:28 am (7 years ago)

    I totally made those tonight for dinner, except my dipping sauce was a bit different, and i used tempeh instead of shrimp!! so good!

  3. Gaby
    21 April, 2010 at 3:59 am (7 years ago)

    I love rice paper! It’s a texture thing. There’s a really good Thai place right next to my apartment that serves them full of cooked cabbage and veggies with a peanut sauce, I like more veggies rather than noodles. The noodles taste exactly like the rice paper, so why put more?
    I’m not very good at rolling them, but I don’t really care because they’re easy and good. I’ve read that you can do all kinds of things with them too, even fruit rolls! I’ll need to start experimenting.

  4. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    21 April, 2010 at 5:44 am (7 years ago)

    OMG i LOVE!!!!!! spring rolls and for about 3 freakin months i have been in search of rice paper and this god forsaken city doesnt have any! I need to order rice paper online. how sad is that.

    Way to ROCK (rawk!!) this recipe, Maggie!

  5. ravenouscouple
    21 April, 2010 at 2:03 pm (7 years ago)

    spring, summer, winter, or fall these are delicious!

  6. Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear
    21 April, 2010 at 5:36 pm (7 years ago)

    I love asian food but I never manage to make it flavourful enough at home. Yours looks fantastic!

  7. Janna ~ Just Flourishing
    21 April, 2010 at 9:15 pm (7 years ago)

    haha, i think these are summer rolls. spring rolls are like the deep fried kind, no?

    rice paper rolls are so yummy, especially with rice noodles and veggies and a yummy dipping sauce!

  8. caronae
    22 April, 2010 at 3:00 am (7 years ago)

    Oh my goodness those looks like such a refreshing meal for spring! I love those thin little wrappers, but I never know where to find them.
    Hope you’re having a good week!

  9. Heather Eats Almond Butter
    22 April, 2010 at 3:15 pm (7 years ago)

    Has it really been almost a year since your last menu plan? Wild. Time really does fly!

    I’ve never used rice paper, but you make it sound so easy Maggie. I love the dipping sauce too. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  10. Biz
    22 April, 2010 at 4:23 pm (7 years ago)

    Those look great Maggie, although I have a hard time finding those wraps – are they in the refrigerator section??

    I am actually making a spicy tofu stew over the weekend – its Korean and looks spicy!!

  11. Marina
    23 April, 2010 at 1:43 am (7 years ago)

    Oooh, love your wraps! I like all kinds.

    Anyways, I wanted to tell you that I went to Quantum Leap last weekend and you were RIGHT, they have gone downhill! And I made a mention of this (and you!) on my blog tonight. 😉

  12. Sang
    22 May, 2010 at 10:11 am (7 years ago)

    Well done…
    By seeing the pics, I feel hungry. I also love the Vietnamese summer rolls every seasons… Especially, In a hot summer, the rolls are fantastic choice for me to taste the rice paper, varied vegetables, and meats or shrimps…
    One of the best Asian foods!!!

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