How to Make: Goi Cuon (Vietnamese Spring Rolls Recipe)

This Goi Cuon recipe or Traditional Vietnamese Spring Roll recipe took a lot longer than I expected, but I learned a lot during making the rolls. These healthy rolls are full of fresh vegetables and lean meat, so eat up!

Made from just rice and water, the neutral banh trang (rice paper) could be easily used in a variety of ways. At one Vietnamese market, I found no less than five brands of banh trang (rice paper) with multi-lingual packaging: Vietnamese, Chinese, English, and French.

Banh trang gets around. Cambodians have a similar roll also using the same rice paper called nime chow–made without meat and dipped in a vinegar based sauce instead of hoisin. The Chinese have a version with duck and cucumber with a hoisin based dipping sauce. Japanese restaurants are also commonly using regular and dyed versions of rice paper for rolls too.

For the meat you can really use any cut of pork you wish, but leaner works better. The shrimp can also be any size but a medium one helps make rolling easier.

At the bottom of this post you’ll find a Vietnamese Nuoc Cham / Spring Roll Sauce recipe too.

This recipe makes about 10 Spring Rolls.

What you need:
-1/2 lb. shrimp (36/40 size) (453g)
-1/2 lb. pork leg (453g)

-1 head red or green leaf lettuce
-a few sprigs of mint
-chives

-banh trang (rice paper / Spring Roll wrapper)
-bun (rice vermicelli, the starchless variety)

-1 1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon sugar

Nuoc cham recipe (Vietnamese dipping sauce recipe, Spring Roll sauce)
-1 tablespoon Hoisin Sauce
-2 tablespoons water

Prep time: 25-40 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
Assembly time: 10-20 minutes

If your shrimp is frozen, thaw it in a bowl of water until it is defrosted so you can cut into them.
spring-rolls-1

Split and devein the shrimp. It helps to have a sharp knife
and a steady hand. I had to pull up a chair to get the hang of this. I also found it helpful to have a bowl of water to dip the nasties into.
:)
spring-rolls-2

Cook the pork: fill a small pot with water about 1.5 inches above the pork, add 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon sugar. Bring to a boil on high heat then lower to 60% for about 30 minutes. It is done when it floats or when it is no longer pink in the middle.

Cook the shrimp: fill a small pot with about 2 inches of water (just enough to cover the shrimp). Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Add the shrimp. Boil for about 1.5-2.5 minutes on 70% heat until the shrimp is no longer translucent in the middle. It will be quick so don’t go anywhere!
spring-rolls-3
Remove the shells and tails and clean off any remaining shrimp intestine. Split the shrimp in half along the body. Try to picture how you want to layer the pork inside the roll so you know how to cut it. Slice as thinly as porkly possible so rolling will be easier.

Tortuna brand bun (rice vermicelli), and Flying Horse brand banh trang (Spring Roll wrapper, rice paper).
spring-rolls-4

Get 1 gallon of water boiling. Add 1/3 of the rice vermicelli package and boil for 8 minutes (following the instructions on the packet).
spring-rolls-5

Drain and cool the noodles under cold running water to stop it from cooking.
spring-rolls-6

Wash and dry your veggies! I used an OXO Salad Spinner.

spring-rolls-7

spring-rolls-8

Add some warm water to a plate to dip the banh trang (rice paper).
spring-rolls-9

Dip only before making each roll. It took me about 5-10 seconds of soak. Make sure to remove it before it gets to the desired softness so it’s easier to handle.
spring-rolls-10

Rolling technique is entirely up to you. Do whatever looks good or makes you happy. Put less than what you think you need so the rolls aren’t exploding. Generally it will look better to show lettuce instead of noodles on the bottom. A tighter roll will look nicer and showcasing the meat on top makes it more appealing. Here’s what I did:

Add some lettuce near the bottom and leave about 1″ to 1.5″ space on the sides. Layer with some mint and some chives.
spring-rolls-11

Add shrimp near the middle, color side down.
spring-rolls-12

Add pork on top of the shrimp and some bun (rice noodle) on top of the vegetables. Make sure the rice noodle is spread evenly across.
spring-rolls-13

Fold the sides in so its snug and add some more chives. Then fold the bottom up to cover the rice noodles. You want to keep the roll tight, so lightly squeeze it together as you roll. Once you reach the meat, ease up on the tightness so it doesn’t tear.
spring-rolls-14

Nuoc cham recipe (Vietnamese dipping sauce recipe):
Add 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce and 2 tablespoons water to a small pan and bring to a boil. Pour into a bowl and cool. Add chopped nuts and some hot sauce. I used Koon Chun hoisin sauce, and Sambal Oelek chili paste (the one without garlic!).
spring-rolls-15

Serve!
goi cuon recipe

Comments

  1. pear! says:

    huy, you are hungry!

    • Huy Vu says:

      pear!: gotta stay hungry too :)
      Rachel: Yeah! I also didn’t think it would be so simple. It kinda reminds me of Hu Tieu: rice noodles, pork, shrimp, and you dip the meat in hot sauce and hoisin sauce.

  2. Thanks so much for the informative post – the photo essay makes me feel like even I could do this!

    I had no idea that the sauce that so often comes with goi cuon was only thinned out hoisin garnished with nuts and sambal! That rules.

  3. daisy says:

    ohh these look delicious. my dad likes using the hot plate with butter. ill try boiling them next time.

  4. daisy says:

    oops one more thing where do you buy that salad spinner thing? my mom wants one but we cant find it anywhere

  5. rosebelle says:

    I could never roll the spring roll correctly. It always comes out bulky. Your step by step pictures is really simple to follow. I’ll try it to see if my rolls come out right next time. Nice post!

    • Huy Vu says:

      Thanks! It took me a few rolls to get it down. At first there was way too much filling. Eat the first one you make to get a feel for how much of each ingredient you want in the roll.

  6. Bonnie says:

    My mom mixes the hoisin sauce with some peanut butter and warms it a bit on the stove. Mmm~!

  7. Kim says:

    Hey Huy! Love this recipe and I have made it once already & planning to make it again tonight! Its a staple at my house to each fresh spring roll once a week, so easy & yummy! thanks for the share!!

  8. LT says:

    Huy, your dipping sauce is not authentic. There is more than just hoisin and water.

  9. Diplome says:

    Interesting. My rolling technique is a bit different but I will give yours a try.

    I make my rolls with pork that has been pounded almost paper thin and then braised with a barbeque sauce, if I use pork or chicken at all.

    Also, I never add heat to my hoisin/peanut based sauce. I may add a few pepper flakes with the chilled fish sauce that I also serve my rolls with but never the dark.

    Thank you for your recipe. I really like the step by step photos. It makes it so easy for individuals who have never made a dish before to understand the preparation.

  10. Thanks for sharing this Huy! I went and bought a pack of the rice paper a week or so ago after having twice enjoyed “summer rolls” recently. I googled cuon because that’s all the clues they have on the packet. I was afraid to do the soaking wrong. I was thinking to improvise anyway, but how lovely to come across your well-written, photo-illustrated post. Now I’m confident I’ll be able to make these even though my first batch is going to be not at all authentic because I am missing some ingredients that I think would make them better. However, I’m going to give the techniques and general idea a whirl and get more things in my next supermarket trip!
    :)

    • Huy says:

      Thanks for stopping by! Don’t be afraid to do it wrong–I mess things up all the time :) . The rice sheets are fairly cheap. Start out with water that isn’t too hot so you can adjust the softness with soak time more easily.

  11. ngọc ánh says:

    yummy ! i want to eat ^^

Speak Your Mind

*