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How To Make The Perfect Gỏi Cuốn

On a hot summer day, nothing feels better than eating something light and crisp. Here's a recipe for Gỏi Cuốn (Summer Rolls) with an unconventional twist.

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This recipe is made especially for busy working people who have limited time to spend in the kitchen. Just grab a cut roast meat (duck, pork or chicken will do nicely) of your choice on the way home from work and your dinner is half done. 

Gỏi Cuốn

  • 115 grams dried rice vermicelli
  • 12 sheets of rice papers
  • 6 romaine lettuce leaves, cut in half
  • 12 fresh cilantro sprigs
  • 1/2 carrot, cut in matchsticks
  • 2 cups of cooked roast meat (your choice of: shredded roasted chicken or shredded leftover boiled chicken; char siu (thịt xa xíu); store bought crispy pork belly (thịt quay)

Easy Dipping Sauce - (Nước Chấm)

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 10 tablespoon of water


  • You don't eat meat? No worries, try using sliced, fried or baked tofu.
  • Try adding sliced mango or avocado to give it an extra punch of flavor and texture.


1. Cook your rice vermicelli. Drain in a colander, set it aside.

2. In a large, shallow bowl pour some warm water. Working with one sheet at a time: Submerge a sheet of rice paper into water, wait 5 seconds. Remove and place the sheet on a large plate or cutting board.


  • First, add half a lettuce leaf on rice paper to make a foundation for other ingredients.
  • Now add your shredded meat, carrots and cilantro.
  • Fold to your heart’s desire (it doesn’t have to be pretty, just functional!).

Tip: While preparing the remaining rolls place them on a plate covered with a damp kitchen towel to keep them fresh.

To prepare dipping sauce: In a large shallow bowl, add your garlic, lime juice, sugar, fish sauce and water. Mix until everything combines well and sugar dissolves.

Nancy is Editor-in-Chief at I Made This Dish, she helps busy people looking to save time in the kitchen.

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