Summer is here and all we need is something light, refreshing, and a quick recipe to make at home. This recipe ticks all the boxes. It feels very light and refreshing, especially because of all the herbs and greens used in it. It is simple and tastes amazing with the homemade hoisin-peanut sauce.
This recipe brings us back to our own in-house Master Chef competition. Jatin & I decided to have our own food competition at home where we need to pick something new that we never had, some world cuisine (Non-Indian) and we need to make it from scratch. Then the recipe photos will be shared on Instagram and others will judge the winners based on polling. That is fun-tastic.
Asian Summer rolls were the first recipe that I made as a part of this competition and it turned out to be quite difficult at that time. It was so tough to roll the sheets that I was regretting choosing this recipe. Moreover, it didn’t turn out that well. Maybe because we were not used to the taste of chewy rice paper sheets that are not even cooked. The filling is just bland veggies. And I served it with sweet chili sauce. Ehhhh…it wasn’t that good.
But years later, my Vietnamese friend invited us over to her home for dinner and she made these rolls. Jatin and I were looking at each other and smiled. The rolls made by my friend were looking gorgeous. And when we had the first bite with this same sauce – Hoisin Peanut, we were like, what did we make ourselves. They were absolutely delicious. And that sauce – I have no words. My mouth fills with water even when I think about it. We had it and I had to ask for the recipe. She is so kind to share her recipe with me and in fact, taught me how to make these rolls. I tried it at home and nailed it on my first attempt. I guess a good teacher makes all the difference.
These rolls are so tasty that I had to share this recipe with you guys. This is not my recipe. This is my friend’s recipe (with a few changes) and I am just passing it on so that all of you can enjoy this Asian delicacy.
If you are in a hurry, watch the video instead and If you enjoy watching it, Plz Subscribe to our Youtube channel.
What is Summer Rolls?
Summer Rolls is an Asian recipe, traditionally from Vietnam. These are mostly filled with noodles, prawns, pork, eggs, tofu, salad, herbs, and other ingredients, everything tucked in a rice paper sheet. It is a cold roll that is served with some sauce on the side. Unlike other rolls that are served fried, these are served fresh and uncooked. That is why these Vietnamese rolls make a great meal for summers. They feel fresh and light.
These are also called Vietnamese rolls, gỏi cuốn, nem cuốn, salad rolls, rice paper rolls, fresh spring rolls, or rice paper spring rolls.
Tips to make it right
- Do not soak the rice paper sheets in water. Just dip and moisten them. Start filling and meanwhile the sheets will soften.
- Do not overfill the rolls. Overfilling will tear the sheets while rolling.
- Fill and roll fast otherwise the filling will start to moisten the sheets and it will tear while rolling.
- If the sheet tears while rolling, do not worry. Double up the sheet.
- Do not make the filling oily or greasy. The filling needs to be refreshing.
- Keep the hands moist at all times to prevent stickiness.
- It is better if the rolling surface is moist. The sheets won’t stick to the surface.
- Keep them covered with a damp cloth else they will dry out.
How to store Summer Rolls?
It is best to consume these rolls when they are ready.
But if you want to store, double up the sheets, and apply oil all over so that they don’t stick to each other. Put them in a container and cover. Refrigerate and consume in a day.
How to store Hoisin-Peanut sauce?
It is best to consume it on the same day. But you can refrigerate it for a day or two.
Is this recipe vegan?
Yes. Of course. All the ingredients used in this recipe are vegan and plant-based.
- Filling: Use any filling of your choice – green cabbage, basil, mango, avocado, peanuts, spinach, bell peppers, etc.
- Glass Noodles: Use any noodles of choice. Cook them as per the packet instructions.
- Roasted Tofu: You don’t need to roast the tofu. You can use it unroasted.
More Summer Recipes to try
Now we are all ready to make this delicious, light, and refreshing restaurant-style recipe at home – Vietnamese summer rolls. It is a must-try, especially in this hot summer season. You are going to love them, especially the sauce.
If you try the recipe and like it too, please share the photo of your dish on Instagram and tag us too @thefearlesscooking. We love to see your recreation of our recipes.
Happy Cooking 🙂
Love from us
Richa & Jatin