Vietnamese Egg Rolls (Nhems)

Recipe by mo in fla
READY IN: 1hr 20mins




  • Mix filling ingredients together, I do this with my hands.
  • The sauce is personal so you have to play with it until you get the taste you like.
  • Boil water in tea kettle or pot.
  • Place noodles in bowl and poor boiled water to cover.
  • Let sit while preparing other ingredients.
  • When ready to use, drain and place back in bowl. Cut many times with scissors.
  • Combine the filling ingredients in a bowl and squish it all together like you were preparing meatloaf; set aside.
  • Use the small round rice papers I use a big dish towel and leave it pretty wet and stretch it out on the kitchen counter.
  • I then place a bowl of warm sugar water big enough to accommodate a whole rice paper (the sugar in the water makes the Nhems crispier when frying). Use 1 tbsp to 1 cup of water make sure it is dissolved.
  • Next to it, I place my bowl of chicken mixture, and next to that my bowl with 2 beaten eggs.
  • I have a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and sprinkled with cornstarch or a plate prepared the same way depending on how many I make.
  • I also keep a bowl of water in the sink so I can rinse the goo of my fingers (it's sticky). I can usually fit 6 rice papers on my dish towel.
  • Dip each on in the bowl of sugar water for 30 seconds, flip it over wait 30 seconds.
  • Place softened paper on wet dish towel.
  • Continue with this process until you have as many rice papers as you can fit on your towel.
  • With a pastry brush, or fingers paint the beaten egg over the top edges of each of the pieces.
  • When the wrapper looks soft and transparent, place about 1 heaping tbsp of filling near the bottom, Fold bottom up just to cover filling.
  • Fold the sides towards middle keeping mixture firmly tucked into place continue to roll.
  • Place on cookie sheet or plate.
  • At this point you can cover with Saran Wrap and cook later.
  • Cooking:
  • Put 2 inches of peanut oil in a large pan bring to a med high heat and fry Nhems until golden. This will take about 20 minutes.
  • To serve the spring rolls, proceed as follows:
  • Arrange the ingredients for the vegetable platter of large lettuce leaves and mint leaves. Using fingers Place Nhem in lettuce leaf cover with a couple mint leaves.
  • Dip in sauce and try to eat just one!