Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins
These are fun to make and so tasty too! Serve with Peanut Dipping Sauce. Chicken can be substituted for the shrimp. Another Cook's Illustrated recipe!
- 3 ounces dried rice vermicelli
- 2 1⁄2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 large carrot, peeled and grated on the large holes of a box grater
- 2 fresh chili peppers, minced (Thai, serrano, or jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed )
- 1⁄3 cup roasted unsalted peanuts, coarsely chopped
- 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, and sliced into 2-inch-long matchsticks
- 8 round rice paper sheets (8 inches in diameter)
- 1⁄2 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, large leaves torn into pieces
- 1⁄2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves, stems removed
- 4 large leaves red leaf lettuce or 4 large boston lettuce, halved lengthwise and sliced thin
- 1⁄2 lb cooked extra-large shrimp, chilled and sliced in half lengthwise (21 to 25 per pound)
- Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot.
- Remove the boiling water from the heat, add the rice noodles, and let stand, stirring occasionally, until the noodles are tender, about 10 minutes.
- Drain and transfer noodles to a medium bowl.
- Whisk the lime juice, fish sauce, and sugar together in small bowl until the sugar dissolves.
- Toss 2 tablespoons of the lime juice mixture with the noodles.
- In a medium bowl, toss 1 more tablespoon of the lime juice mixture with the carrot, peanuts, and chiles.
- In small bowl, toss the remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice mixture with the cucumber.
- Spread a clean, damp kitchen towel on a work surface.
- Fill a 9-inch pie plate with 1 inch of room temperature water.
- Working with one rice paper wrapper at a time, immerse each wrapper in water until just pliable, about 2 minutes, then lay the softened wrapper on the towel.
- Scatter about 6 mint leaves and 6 cilantro leaves over the wrapper.
- Arrange 5 cucumber sticks horizontally on wrapper and top with 1 tablespoon of the carrot mixture, 2 tablespoons of the lettuce, 2 1/2 tablespoons of the noodles, and 2 shrimp halves.
- To wrap the spring rolls, fold up bottom 2-inch border of wrapper over filling.
- Fold left, then right edge of wrapper over filling. Roll filling to top edge of wrapper to form tight cylinder.
- Then transfer to a serving platter and cover with a second damp kitchen towel.
- Repeat with the remaining rice paper wrappers and filling ingredients. (The covered spring rolls can be refrigerated for up to 4 hours.).
- Serve with the peanut dipping sauce.
These were really delicious! Everyone enjoyed them very much. Made them with basil rather than mint because that's what I had in the refrigerator. Served them with the recommended peanut sauce and a bottled plum sauce. Nice to have the varied flavors to try with the rolls. These DID take quite awhile to put together, I must say. But they were very worth it. Mine were pretty floppy and hard to handle even though I chilled them an hour with a moist towel atop as suggested. Maybe I should have rolled them tighter or something? All in all, a very successful attempt. Thanks for posting.
These were very tasty. I have to say they are sooooo not worth the effort. This seriously took almost 90 minutes JUST to prep everything. I have no idea how or where you got 15 minutes from. It took me 15 minutes just to matchstick a cucumber. Anyhow, the sauce combo was perfect and I now have a new appreciation for spring rolls in restaurants.
These were fantastic. I have had the CI Best International Recipes Cookbook for some time now, but this is the first recipe I've used out of it. As always, the flavor was awesome and the directions perfect. My friend had some and she said, "This just made me happy!" That's how good they are.