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    Nem rán(Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls) – the authentic taste of Vietnam

    There is a dish that can be served all year round, and present in almost every menu of Vietnamese restaurant abroad: A dish that is so famous that many locals of Vietnam assume it as their own specialty and give it their own name such as: the dish is given the name “nem cuốn”, depicting its shape. Meanwhile, the Southerners call it “chả giò”. Spring rolls is not always accompanied with rice but can also be eaten with round noodle in the mouth-watering “bún nem “dish.

     Nem rán(Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls) – the authentic taste of Vietnam
    To Vietnamese people, fried spring roll is the embodiment of tradition, skillfulness, quintessence of Vietnamese fine cuisine. For an authentic taste, all the ingredients must be carefully chosen and prepared. Ingredients used for the fried spring roll are different depending each local but usually it comprises of lean minced pork, sea crabs or unshelled shrimps, edible mushroom, dried onion, duck/chicken eggs, pepper, salt and different kinds of seasoning. There are also special variants of the traditional pork-based roll, such as Crab spring rolls or Nem Cua Be. Optionally, dried shrimp can be added for more flavor. The ingredients will then be seasoned with salt, pepper, and mixed thoroughly before being wrapped with thin rice paper into small rolls. These rolls are then fried in boiling oil until golden.

     Nem rán(Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls) – the authentic taste of Vietnam
    The dish itself is a masterpiece but it’s not yet complete without the perfect-made dipping sauce. A quality dipping sauce should be the harmonious combination of nước mắm (savory fish sauce), a bit of sugar, salt, umami, some drop of lime juice or vinegar. Water, pepper and fresh chilli will then be added and adjusted to suit the one’s reference. Spring roll is always served with herbs and vegetable, namely cilantro, lettuce, etc.

    Unlike popular myth, Vietnamese do not eat fried spring rolls with rice everyday. In fact it is a preferred food on special occasions such as Tet and other family festivities. Spring rolls not always go along with rice but also seen with round noodle in the mouth-watering bún nem dish.

     Nem rán(Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls) – the authentic taste of Vietnam


    Coming Viet Nam, you can eat this dish in address:

    Quán Nem: 123 Bùi Thị Xuân, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội
    Nem vuông phố cổ: 35 Đào Duy Từ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
    Bún chả Đắc Kim Hàng Mành, 1 Hàng Mành, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
    Quán Gốc Đa: 52 Lý Quốc Sư, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội

    You can also make this dish at home with the following guidelines:

    Step 1: In a large bowl, combine the minced pork and minced shrimp together and season lightly with salt, pepper, sugar and chicken stock (1/2 tsp each). Also add 1 tbps minced shallot and 1 tbsp minced garlic. Mix well in a circular motion till combined.


    Step 2: Combine the seasoned meat & shrimp with all the shredded vegetables, mushrooms and glass noodle. Mix well. To help all the ingredients adhere better, add 1 egg or just the egg white. Mix well again and leave to sit for about 15 minutes.

     Nem rán(Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls) – the authentic taste of Vietnam


    Step 3: To soften the rice paper for wrapping, moisten the rice paper with a damp cloth instead of soaking in water. 

    Step 4: Scoop a heaping tablespoon of the filling and place near one end of the rice paper. Roll until you reach the center, then fold both sides inwards and continue to roll up till the other end. 

     Nem rán(Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls) – the authentic taste of Vietnam

    Step 5: Heat a generous amount of oil in the pan until you see small bubbles around the chopstick. Then keep the heat on medium and start frying. The rice paper could be sticky at first so leave some spaces between the rolls. After a few minutes, it's ok to bring them closer to one another. Deep fry until they turn golden brown.

     Nem rán(Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls) – the authentic taste of Vietnam

    Step 6: Place them on paper towel to drain off the excess oil. Serve with dipping fish sauce, fresh vegetable and herbs. 
     Nem rán(Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls) – the authentic taste of Vietnam







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