Had I known how easy spring rolls were to make, I’d have been making them long before visiting Vietnam! You can fill them with a variety of ingredients which makes them a creative exercise like the ones below.
Here’s what you need: rice paper, vermicelli, shrimp, any combination of carrots, cucumbers, avocado and lettuce.
First, dip the rice paper in warm water until it’s damp. Be sure not to oversoak it or it will tear apart. Lay the rice paper on a damp cloth and begin to fill it, first laying the shrimp flat side down, then adding the vermicelli (I use tofu vermicelli from the produce area, but you can cook your own) and the remaining ingredients you have chosen.
Roll the rice paper to cover the ingredients, then tuck the ends in to prevent everything from falling out.
Then, insert a lettuce leaf, leaving it showing for a decorative touch and finish rolling.
Voila, you’re done with your creation and ready to serve the spring rolls with a dipping sauce.
While you are preparing the spring rolls, why not enjoy a ginger mojito? This drink is one I had in Saigon and liked so much (unusual for me when it comes to mojitos) that I had to ask the bartender to show me how to make it. Here’s the trick: finely grate about a teaspoon of fresh ginger. With a pestle, mix it with an ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice and a teaspoon of sugar. Add 2 ounces of rum in a tall glass, fill with ice and club soda. You can adjust these amounts to suit your taste, then sit back and enjoy a very refreshing drink.
Now, with food and drink from Vietnam, it’s time to pull out another of those table runners I bought there. This one I love because of the mix of ethnic patterns and the random color accents. The hint of yellow suggested sunflowers which are in textured copper vases.
Playful Polish dishes mixed with an Oriental bowl for the dipping sauce repeat the blues in the runner
and the orange napkins pick up the same color.
Put it all together and we’re ready to go. Hope you enjoy the spring rolls and the ginger mojito. There’s plenty so don’t be shy!
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26 thoughts on “Spring Rolls and Ginger Mojitos”
Spring rolls are a revelation aren’t they! And so versatile and flexible, I like adding some chopped chives, mint and coriander to mine.
And I’ve saved your ginger mojito recipe – I adore mojitos…… thank you!
Spring rolls are found all over Asia — with wrappers, fillings and cooking techniques that differ from one country to the next. But don’t be intimidated: Mark Bittman is here to show you just how easy they are to make. Here, the author makes rice paper rolls of shrimp and herbs, nori rolls of raw tuna, asparagus and arugula, and lettuce wraps with marinated flank steak.
Pretty Polish pottery!
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I just love your Polish dishes, I have a few pieces that I enjoy. Your Spring Rolls look delicious.
Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
These look so fresh and delicious!
That looks fantastic. I would like to try that! Thanks for stopping by!
You do make the spring rolls look easy. I made them once, and it was a mess!! I’ll have to try again.. Yours look great.. Love your table setting too and could go for a mojito right now ( ok it’s morning.. how about later?)
I love spring rolls but never had had the courage tomake them although a Laotian friend said she would teach me (and she makes the best!) You’ve inspired me
Now I have thought the very same thing…that they were hard to make…but they look easy!..even for me!…thanks Linda…I would have never have attempted them if not for you!…and the mojitos sound wonderful!…your table is stunning…the treasures from Viet Nam are just so beautiful
I love your international table, Linda. The spring rolls look delicious. I have only made them once, the rice papers kept sticking!
I have not tasted spring rolls or mojitos. They sound good. Sunflowers are pretty and look great in the pottery vases on your neat runner you bought on your trip. I know it was fun to create a meal from memories on your trip and use your runner.
The cooper vases and table runner are wonderful. A beautiful table.
Wish I could be right over to enjoy the spring rolls and mojito with you! I’ve never made spring rolls, but you’re so right, they look so easy! Your table is perfect! I love the dishes, runner and the orange napkins. Sunflowers just say “happy”.
Love love this runner! The polish pottery really makes a pretty accessory on the table, and fits so well. I must try the spring rolls. who knew they were so easy. Try making some simple syrup to use in your mojito instead of the sugar.. no mixing mess! xo marlis
Hi Lulu, thanks so much for stopping by!! You said you were curious about the balls I had used in my display. The moss balls I bought at our local Freedom store (that’s a great furniture and home décor store that I love!!) and the smaller cream balls are made from a very light matter (not sure what) which seems to be pushed into a centre piece. Mr FH keeps asking what they are supposed to be and what for???? I have no idea but they look cool so that’s all I worry about!!! LOL
I just love the copper vessels. Are they new or did you snag them in one of those fabulous “junque” shops you write about? Beautiful table setting,
Yum, I make eggrolls occasionally but haven’t tried a spring roll~is the rice paper hard to find? The ginger mojito sounds divine and your table screams summer with the sunflowers and cobalt blues and earthy colors. Beautiful runner from your trip,
I had no idea spring rolls were so easy to put together, I have to experiment! Love your textured vases with your cheery sunflowers and blue accents at the table!
Good Morning Lulu, Spring Rolls are a favourite in this house so it is so nice to be shown how to make them correctly.
The copper vases are so unusual I love how the two smaller vases, balance the large one.
I have a few of these Polish pieces as well….. they are lovely aren’t they.
Well, I could just sit down and enjoy a Spring Roll with you, but by now I am sure they have been eaten and enjoyed….. maybe next time.
Nice tastes – love the look of the spring rolls.
I’ve copied your recipe for your ginger mojito.. mmm! Great table setting Linda.. well done.. glad to hear you’re still on the Vietnam track.. so lovely!
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I would love to try your Spring Rolls. Your tablescape has the perfect colors to go along with your mojitos. Good combinations.
Yum! What a refreshing dinner for a very warm (read hot!) summer evening in Houston! Going to try this.
I love, love, love your Spring Rolls!……..and your table setting is delightful. I shall be making those spring rolls very soon. The mojito recipe sounds so refreshing…..what a twist with the ginger. You have brought all sorts of culinary delights to the table today! I shall make them all. Thank You!!!