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Vietnamese Spring Rolls 越南春卷

by Angie Liew
Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls

Let’s make delicious Vietnamese spring rolls (goi cuon)! Wrapped in soft rice paper, these spring rolls are filled with slices of chicken, shrimp, rice vermicelli noodles, fresh vegetables and herbs. Great as an appetiser, or a light meal on it’s own too. Enjoy this with light sweet and sour fish sauce, or creamy peanut sauce.

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Making Fresh Vietnamese Style Spring Rolls (Gỏi Cuốn) – The Perfect Asian Appetizer

When you have lots of fresh herbs growing in your beautiful garden, you know it’s spring time and spring time is the best time to make vietnamese spring rolls. Also known as Gỏi Cuốn, salad rolls or summer rolls, these beautiful rolls are super fresh, light, delicious and more importantly, healthy as they are stuff with lots of vegetables and fresh herbs.

vietnamese spring rolls

Vietnamese Rolls With Peanut Sauce

What Ingredients Are In A Typical Vietnamese Goi Cuon Roll?

These fresh spring rolls are such a refreshing change from the usual deep fried variety. Ingredients in a Vietnamese summer roll vary from region to region. For this recipe, we will be making the popular version usually served in Vietnamese restaurants. 

Wrapped in soft chewy rice paper, these spring rolls are filled with slices of chicken meat, shrimp, rice vermicelli noodles and fresh vegetables – lettuce, cucumber, carrot, Thai basil leaves, cilantro, mint and garlic chives. 

So, as you can see, the ingredients in a Vietnamese Spring Roll are very much different from the ingredients used in a typical Malaysian Fresh Spring Roll, also known as Popiah. If you’re interested to make Malaysian Popiah, do check out our Popiah Recipe here.

vietnamese spring rolls

Vietnamese Rolls With Fish sauce

Making The Perfect Dipping Sauce For Spring Rolls

These Vietnamese spring rolls are usually served with a creamy peanut sauce or a light sweet and sour fish sauce. Both variants of sauces taste equally great! These sauces are amazingly easy to make and can be stored in the refrigerator for later use too. So if you can’t decide which to make, just make both sauces!

These rolls are great as an appetizer or even as a light meal. Good for parties too, definitely crowd pleasing.

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Vietnamese Style Spring Rolls (Goi Cuon) 越南春卷

Recipe by Huang Kitchen, Angie Liew
The theme for vietnamese food is fresh vegetables and herbs. These vietnamese-style spring rolls are loaded with such an abundance of fresh vegetables and flavorful herbs. They are great as an appetizer and are delicious dipped in peanut or fish sauce.
Prep Time45 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time55 minutes

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Servings: 15 pieces


Meat and shrimp Ingredients

  • 300 gram chicken meat, sliced/diced
  • 2 tsp sugar, marinate meat
  • 1 tsp soya sauce, marinate meat
  • 1 tsp pepper, marinate meat
  • 200 gram shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tsp salt

Noodles Ingredients

  • 100 gram rice vermicelli, soaked and cooked
  • 6 cups water

Peanut sauce Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter, creamy
  • 1 tbsp peanut, roasted and ground
  • 1 tsp garlic chili sauce, optional

Fish sauce Ingredients

  • ½ cup hot water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • cup fish sauce
  • 2 lime, freshly squeezed juice
  • 1 tbsp garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp bird eye’s chili, chopped

Spring rolls Ingredients

  • 5 cups warm water
  • 1 packet rice paper
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1 Carrot, sliced
  • 1 bunch fresh lettuce, washed and drained
  • 1 bunch thai basil leaves, washed and drained
  • 1 bunch cilantro, washed and drained
  • 1 bunch mint, washed and drained
  • 1 packet garlic chives, washed, cut long


    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      To make vietnamese spring rolls, start by cooking the meat and shrimp. Slice the chicken meat, peel and devein the shrimp.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      Marinate the sliced meat with sugar, soy sauce and white pepper for at least an hour.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      Then pan fry the meat on lightly oiled wok or pan, caramelize with some dark soy sauce.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      Set aside the pan fried meat for later use.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      Next, boil salt water on high heat in a small pan. Then add in shrimp, reduce heat to medium and allow the shrimp to simmer for 2 -3 minutes or until pink and cooked through.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      Remove the shrimp and allow to cool. Then slice the shrimp in half lengthwise and set aside.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      Next, prepare the noodles. Briefly soak rice vermicelli noodles in water.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      Then cook the rice vermicelli noodles in a wok of boiling water for about 3 minutes, or until al dente.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      Remove rice vermicelli, rinse in cold water and drain.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      Set aside the cooked noodles.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      Then prepare ingredients to make the smooth peanut sauce.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      Heat up oil in the pan and fry garlic until lightly golden brown.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      Then add in water.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      And the sugar.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      Followed by hoisin sauce.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      And the creamy peanut butter.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      Stir all ingredients together on low heat until the sauce becomes smooth and shiny.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      Finally turn off the heat and turn the sauce onto serving bowl, garnish with ground roasted peanut and garlic chili sauce (optional). Then set aside.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      Next, prepare ingredients to make the other sauce – the sweet and sour fish sauce.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      In a bowl of hot water, add in sugar and mix to dissolve the sugar.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      Then add in fish sauce and minced garlic. Squeeze in fresh lime juice and chopped bird eye's chilies.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      Mix everything together, adjust to taste and set aside.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      Lastly, prepare ingredients to wrap the spring rolls.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      First dip the rice paper evenly in warm water and shake off all the excess water.
    • Vietnamese - Style Spring Rolls
      Put the damp rice paper on a plate or flat surface.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      Next, put the fresh vegetables, herbs and noodles on one row, the pan fried meat on the second row and the sliced shrimp on the third row.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      Roll the spring roll up tightly.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      And before you get to the end (before the shrimp), fold up one side of the wrap and add in one garlic chive.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      Continue to roll it up and seal it at the end. And we’re done!
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      Serve these fresh spring rolls with the peanut dipping sauce that you made earlier.
    • Vietnamese -Style Spring Rolls
      These spring rolls are also good with the sweet and sour light fish sauce too. So Enjoy!


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  • An important element of a great Vietnamese spring roll is having a “crunch” in the centre. Examples of vegetables you can add for this crunch: carrots, cucumber, celery, bean sprouts, jicama.
  • Fresh herbs are mandatory for fresh Vietnamese spring rolls. Examples of fresh herbs you can use: any types of mint, basil, cilantro or other favourite vietnamese herbs.


Calories: 240kcal · Carbohydrates: 36g · Protein: 11g · Fat: 6g · Saturated Fat: 1g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 2g · Trans Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 39mg · Sodium: 909mg · Potassium: 207mg · Fiber: 2g · Sugar: 10g · Vitamin A: 822IU · Vitamin C: 7mg · Calcium: 49mg · Iron: 2mg
Course: Appetizer, Main, Salad, Sides, Snack
Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
Keyword: appetizer, vietnamese

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