Chef Tan's Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Fresh Herbs
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Makes ~12 Spring Rolls
  • ½ cup carrots, peeled and julienned
  • ½ cup Black Mushrooms, minced
  • ¼ cup Glass Noodles
  • 4 oz Ground Pork
  • 3 oz Prawns or Shrimp, minced
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 Green Onion, julienned
  • 4 tsp Fish Sauce
  • 2 tsp Oyster Sauce
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • ¼ rounded tsp Five Spice Powder (black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and star anise)
  • 2 pinches Black Pepper
  • Rice Paper (the kind that comes in the freezer)
  • Enough oil to fry
  • 1 bunch each: Parilla, Peppermint, Lemon Basil, Tender Mustard Greens, Vietnamese Basil, washed.
  1. Combine carrots, mushrooms, glass noodles, ground pork, minced prawn, garlic, green onion, fish sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, five spice and black pepper. Mix well to thoroughly combine.
  2. Working with one spring roll wrapper at a time, add about 2 tsp of filling to a wrapper. Spread the filling along the lower third of the wrapper. Roll up once. Fold the sides in, then continue rolling to the end. Seal with water.
  3. Continue rolling until all the filling has been used.
  4. Heat the oil in a large pan over high heat. When oil has reached 350F (or, when it bubbles when a drop of water is dropped in), add the spring rolls. Turn the heat down a little until the spring rolls start to brown, then crank the heat up to max for the last minute, remove from oil. This works best on a gas stove, if you have electric, keep the heat at around an even 350F the whole time.
  5. Serve spring rolls with the dipping sauce and the fresh herbs. Be sure and wrap one of everything around the spring roll before taking a bite- you will be amazed!
Note: if you cannot find all the herbs, don't worry about it. Grab some mint and some basil and I would highly recommend the tender mustard greens or iceberg lettuce as well.
Recipe by Super Foods Life at