Archive | July, 2012

DIY Fresh Spring Rolls

1 Jul

Sorry for the recent hiatus from posting. This blog is the first of more to surely come and is also my first attempt at posting via mobile (aka my iPod). Hope you enjoy!

I’ve visited Nam Phuong (one of my favorite Vietnamese restaurants) on Buford Highway twice since it has opened and have received both great food and service every time! The first and original location is located on Jimmy Carter.

On my most recent visit, a co-worker and I decided to split the self-prepared fresh spring rolls (aka goi cuon). Below you will see the spring wrappers to right on top of a bowl of hot water used to soften the wrapper. The giant plate is filled with our fillings of vegetables, pork, shrimp, and beef wrapped in grape leaves. On the far left are the fish and peanut dipping sauces.


To start, place a spring roll wrapper in the hot water by placing half in the water and twisting through the water until completely wet. The wrapper will soften slightly but will maintain rigidity and should be laid out on your plate immediately. From here, select your fillings such as mint, cucumbers, sliced carrots, lettuce, sugar cane, angel hair rice noodles and your choice of pork, shrimp, beef. Place these ingredients in the middle or slightly to make the folding easier. You can even sprinkle a little of the sauces or save it for dipping.

To wrap or fold, pull one side if the wrapper completely over your fillings and pull tightly. Close the ends (similar to how you would wrap a burrito) and continue folding until it is completely closed. Here’s what my first attempt looked like.


To get a better view of your filling choices, here’s a closeup.


Although it’s enough for two, we were both stuffed with enough leftovers to make two-three more rolls and would recommend this only if you’re comfortable with touching your food and have more than an hour for your meal. Not featured were our jackfruit and avocado bubble shakes which I am sure also helped ensure we were adequately full.

Nam Phuong –
4051 Buford Highway
Atlanta, GA