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Vietnamese Imperial Rolls















Trans-fat Free, Low Carb


2 cups water
¼ cup sugar
16 each rice-paper wrappers
8-inch, round, dried
1 x peanut oil
for deep-frying
1 x lettuce leaves
1 x mint leaves
1 x cilantro
3 tablespoons tree ears
mushrooms, small, dried
2 ounces bean thread noodles
1 pound pork shoulder
4 each garlic cloves
finely minced
4 each shallots
1 tablespoon fish sauce
½ teaspoon red hot chili pepper, dried
1 cup carrots
1 cup mung bean sprouts
Dipping sauce
1 each garlic cloves
squeezed through a garlic press
½ tablespoon sugar
4 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoons fish sauce
1 each hot chili peppers
fresh or dried, seeded, finely minced
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon carrots
finely grated


In 2 separate bowls, soak the tree ears and the bean thread noodles in warm water until soft and pliable, about 6 minutes.

Rinse tree ears and drain.

Remove and discard any hard centers.

Coarsely chop and set aside, drain the noodles and roughly chop into about 2-inch lengths; set aside.

Mix together the pork, garlic, shallots, fish sauce and pepper.

Add tree ears, noodles, carrots and bean sprouts; mix together with your hands.

Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce:

Combine garlic, sugar, lime juice, fish sauce, chile and water; let sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes, when ready to use, strain into a small bowl and add grated carrot.

Makes ½ cup.

To form spring rolls:

Combine warm water and sugar in a wide shallow pan (such as a cake pan).

Immerse 1 wrapper in the sugar water for a second and immediate immediately place it flat on the counter or on a wet, wrung-out, kitchen towel.

Let sit until it wrinkles and softens to a pliable skin, about 1 minute, sometimes longer.

Using your hands, shape 3 tablespoons of filling into a tight compact log, about 1-inch in diameter and 4 to 5 inches long.

Place the log along the bottom third of the wrapper.

Roll the bottom edge over the log, then roll it over the filling once more.

Make sure the wrapper is taut around the filling.

Fold the outside wrapper edges inward to enclose the ends.

Roll up to seal.

If there is a tear in the wrapper, bandage it with a soften softened rice paper remnant.

Set rolls seam side down on a lightly oiled baking sheet and cover with a damp towel.

Continue making the remaining rolls.

To deep fry rolls:

Pour 2 inch inches of oil into a wok or deep-fat fryer.

Heat to 325 degree F.

Add a few rolls at a time.

Do not crowd.

Fry for 10 seconds.

Immediately increase heat to high (375 degree F).

Continue to fry, turning occasionally, until golden brown, about 6 to 8 minutes.

Remove rolls to paper towels to drain.

Serving suggestions:

Cut fried rolls crosswise into 1½-inch pieces .

Dip into sauce and enjoy as an appetizer.

Or, wrap rolls lettuce leaves with sprigs of coriander and mint.

Dip into sauce and eat as a light lunch or part of a multi course meal.

NOTE: If you're working ahead, place the rolls (unfried) on a tray with a sheet of plastic wrap be between each layer, and refrigerate them overnight, wrapped in plastic.

Don't keep them longer than 1 day.

Fried, cooled rolls may be sealed in airtight freezer bags and frozen for up to 2 months.

To reheat, thaw, place on a baking sheet and bake at 350℉ (180℃) F for 10 minutes.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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 about 8 years ago

This is not imperial rolls!

Hurricane, United States
 over 5 years ago

This recipe is most like the one I received in a cooking class years ago. The flavors are divine and the sauce is the perfect addition. Wish you had more specific amounts for the sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 84g (3.0 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 9239% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 299mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Sugars g
Protein 16g
Vitamin A 26% Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 2% Iron 4%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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