The literally translation is salad (goi) roll (cuon). Whatever you call them, they are light, refreshing and delicious. Poached shrimp and pork are the traditional proteins used in goi cuon, but can be substituted with grilled meats or tofu. Different herbs can be added, such as basil and Vietnamese coriander (rau ram), choose your favourite ones. The rolls are best when served within a couple hours after rolling. Don’t wait too long or refrigerate them as the rice paper will dry out and become tough.
2 ounces rice vermicelli
1 package rice paper (banh trang-8.5 inch diameter)
8 large cooked shrimp – peeled, deveined and cut in half
1 1/3 tablespoons chopped fresh Thai basil
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 leaves lettuce, chopped
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 teaspoon Spiracha chilli sauce
1 teaspoon finely chopped peanuts
1 English cucumber or seeded regular cucumber, thinly sliced
1) Fill a small saucepan half full of water, add salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the shrimp, reduce heat to simmer for 2-3 minutes or until cooked through. Do not discard water. Remove the shrimp with slotted spoon and set aside to cool.
2) Trim fat from pork and return water to a boil. Reduce heat and poach pork in water at a low simmer, about 15-18 minutes or until cooked through. Remove pork and set aside to cool. Reserve light stock to make peanut Hoisin sauce.
3) Follow package directions and cook rice vermicelli noodles.
4) Lay shrimp flat and cut in half horizontally. Cut tenderloin in half lengthwise. Then cut across the grain to create thin slices of pork. Set shrimp and pork aside.
5) Fill a medium bowl with warm water and quickly dip and spin a piece of rice paper into water; make sure to wet the entire piece. Lay it down on a cutting board. Place a lettuce leaf at the lower end of the rice paper. Add rice noodles, pork, mint, cucumber and cilantro evenly across the rice paper. [See Video of the rolling process.]
6) Roll the rice paper over the filling and tuck it underneath. Add shrimp with the sliced side facing up. Fold the sides inwards and add a chive over shrimp with 1 inch sticking outside of a folded side. Continue rolling while keeping tension on the rice paper for a tight roll. The roll will seal itself.
7) Repeat steps 5 and 6 until shrimp and pork are finished off. Serve with peanut Hoisin dipping sauce.
Makes 16-18 rolls to serve 6 to 8 as an appetizer
Now to the best part, spicy peanut Hoisin sauce. This peanut sauce completely rocks! And it’s super easy to make, taking only five minutes. The sauce relegates the goi cuon to just a delivery device to get the peanut sauce into my mouth. It’s a great combination of spicy, sweet, salty and creamy. The next time you make Vietnamese salad rolls, dip it in this spicy peanut Hoisin sauce and you won’t ever go back to nuoc cham!
Serve rolled spring rolls with the hoisin sauce mixture.
Please see video of rolling process. Click here