Vietnamese Crab Spring Rolls Recipe

Step 1

IN SEPARATE MEDIUM BOWLS, soak the mung bean noodles and tree-ear mushrooms with water until soft and pliable. Drain the noodles and cut into shorter lengths; set aside.

Step 2

Remove the hard centers from the mushrooms, coarsely chop and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the pork, garlic, fish sauce and ground pepper. Mix in crab meat, tree-ear mushrooms, carrots, bean sprouts, shallots and bean thread noodles; set aside.

Step 3

Combine the warm water and sugar in a bowl. Lay 1 rice paper wrapper on a damp towel. (Keep unused wrappers in their package.) Generously brush it with the sugar water; allow it to soften to a very pliable wrapper, about 30 seconds or sometime longer (depending upon the brand).

Step 4

With your hands shape 3 tablespoons filling into a tight compact 1-inch-wide-by-4-to-5-inch-long cylinder. Place cylinder along the lower edge of wrapper. Roll the bottom up and over the roll tightly.

Step 5

Fold both outside edges inward to enclose the ends. Continue rolling up into a cylinder; set aside covered with plastic wrap. Repeat until all the rolls are done. To cook and brown evenly, the roll must be firm and evenly packed.

Step 6

If the wrapper has a tear, bandage it with a softened rice-paper remnant. In a preheated wok or saucepan, add oil to a depth of 2 inches and heat to 325F. Add a few rolls at a time, but do not crowd. Fry for 10 seconds.

Step 7

Immediately increase to high heat or 375F. Fry, turning occasionally until golden brown, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towel.

Step 8

Cut crosswise into 1+1/2-inch pieces. Arrange rolls on a plate lined with lettuce. On another plate, arrange leaves of lettuce, fresh coriander and mint leaves. To eat, wrap spring-roll garnish with sprig of coriander and mint leaves in a lettuce leaf and dip into nuoc cham sauce

Things You'll Need

  • 2oz Dried bean thread noodles
  • -(MUNG bean)
  • 3tb Sm. dried tree-ear mushrooms
  • 1lb Ground pork butt
  • 4 Garlic cloves
  • - finely minced or pureed
  • 1tb Fish sauce
  • 1/2ts Fresh finely ground pepper
  • 1c Flaked crab meat
  • 1c Grated carrot
  • 1c Bean sprouts; tails removed
  • 4 Shallots; minced -=OR=-
  • 1sm -Onion
  • 2c Warm water
  • 1/4c Sugar
  • 16 12" rice paper wrappers
  • - (dried)
  • Peanut oil for deep-frying
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Fresh mint
  • Fresh coriander leaves

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