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Wrapping a Vietnamese Spring Roll - Cha Gio
Eating the fried spring rolls wrapped up in soft rice paper and vegetables and sauces is the ultimate in enjoying the scrumptious Imperial Rolls.
Before getting to this point of wrapping the spring rolls, you will need to have:
- prepared the Vietnamese Spring Roll filling.
- wrapped up the spring roll using rice paper wrappers.
- fried the Spring Rolls
- and concocted the Vietnamese Dipping Sauce, which main ingredient is the fish sauce. This is a dipping sauce that goes exceptionally well with the Cha Gio.
A...rmed with the fried spring rolls, all you need are more of the dried rice paper wrappers, some water, some fresh herbs and vegetables and some dipping sauces.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
02 of 08
Moistening the Rice Wrapper
There are 2 different sizes of rice paper wrapper available - either the 6.3"(16cm) or 8.7”(22cm) in diameter. I prefer to use the smaller ones - I find it easier to wrap, and a little bit more dainty! The only downside is that you cannot put in as many things as you would like into the Spring Roll. Try both and see how it fits your needs.
There are 2 methods to moisten the rice paper wrapper before using it. The first method was explained in the step by step guide to wrapping up the... Vietnamese Spring Roll filling with rice paper.This method is more efficient as the water works on the rice paper quicker, and if you have more space in the kitchen.
The 2nd method is more suitable for the dining table. Use a small bowl or a mug and fill it up with warm water. This uses less space, and it is more presentable when you are dining with guests.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
03 of 08
Lay on the Fresh Veggies, Herbs and Some Sauces
After the rice paper has been softened by the water, use a teaspoon and put some thai chili sauce and hoisin sauce around the center of the rice paper.I do not recommend putting in the Vietnamese Dipping sauce at this point, as the sauce is a bit runny and the rice paper wrapper may tear as it is too watery.
You can then put in whatever herbs and vegetables you prefer - I like to put in a little of everything as it enhances the taste of the Vietnamese Spring Roll.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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Laying the Fried Vietnamese Spring Roll on
Put the whole fried spring roll on top of the sauces and vegetables and herbs. Then pour some of the Vietnamese Dipping Sauce over. If you find that the spring roll is a bit too big for the rice paper wrapper, just slice the fried spring roll into cross section pieces of 2 inches long.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Fold the edge of the wrapper closest to you so that it covers the fried spring roll. Make sure that this first fold sticks to the fried spring roll. The moistened rice paper wrapper should be a bit sticky, which makes the rest of the wrapping process easier.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Fold to the Left and the Right
Using both your hands, fold the right side of the wrapper towards the center, stopping where the filling is
Do the same for the left side of the wrapper.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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Keep Folding Forwards
Keep folding the wrapper forwards until it reaches the end of the wrapper.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
08 of 08
It's Ready, Take a Bite!
The way to eat this gorgeous spring roll is just to hold it in your hand and start taking bites. Enjoy your meal!