Recipes for great tasting Vietnamese dishes!

who doesn’t love vietnamese egg rolls?

The quickest way to get Vietnamese egg rolls to the table and into your belly are to purchase authentic, frozen Viet egg rolls, or Chả Giò (pronounced “chy yaw”) from your local Asian grocery store.

Saigon egg rolls brand!

Yes, you could make your own Vietnamese egg rolls from scratch, but these Saigon Egg Rolls brand are very good, and for folks who value taste, convenience, and time, you can’t beat them. You can purchase a package of 50 pieces/qty, and have the basis for a great meal with your family. They come in a variety of flavors (even vegetarian).

Preparation steps:

  1. Go to your local Asian grocery, and look for Saigon Egg Roll brand in the frozen section. Purchase 1 or 2 packages depending upon need. One package of 50 pieces/qty will feed a family of 4.
  2. Break out the deep fryer (I use a large Go Daddy fryer).
  3. Pour a generous amount of oil (I use peanut oil because it fries at a higher temperature, but you can use vegetable oil as well) to the desired frying depth for your fryer.
  4. When the oil reaches 375 degrees Fahrenheit, begin placing the frozen egg rolls into the oil. No need to thaw them out before cooking.
  5. Allow the egg rolls to fry (about 15 mins). They usually are done when they float to the top, and are a golden brown.
  6. Remove egg rolls from the oil, and place onto a baking pan or glass casserole dish lined with paper towels (to absorb excess oil).
  7. As a compliment to the warm, crispy egg roll, you can wrap with a fresh piece of lettuce (green or red leaf lettuce), and sliced cucumber, bean sprouts, thai basil, regular mint leaves, cilantro, and rice noodles added.
  8. Pour a generous amount of Cham Cham Sauce (meat or veg) into a dipping bowl, and enjoy!

shrimp or veggie spring rolls!

Spring rolls are a tasty Vietnamese dish. They can be an appetizer, or a full blown meal! There are numerous variations of this type of roll, but you’ll always have the basics. This would be rice paper wrapping, rice noodles, a myriad of fresh veggies and herbs, and usually some type of meat…fish, beef, pork, etc.

These rolls are very light, and tend to be low in calories. They can be a healthy alternative for calorie conscious folks. Add Cham Cham to the mix, and what you’ll have the perfect complement to this meal. Look for the step-by-step recipe, and more pictures to come.

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