What was a spring roll and a summer roll again? And what about a spring roll? Where the first two are mainly linked to Vietnamese cuisine, it is more complicated with spring rolls. Either way, we’re here to explain the differences for you.
And with that you send that culinary knowledge of yours a lot higher.
Spring rolls, summer rolls and spring rolls
(Vietnamese Spring Rolls
When ingredients such as pork, shrimp, glass noodles and mushrooms are put in a deep-fried dough, we speak of spring rolls. Spring rolls are typical of Vietnamese cuisine and are served warm, often dipped in soy or fish sauce.
For spring rolls you need dough sheets ( spring roll wrappers ) based on wheat and water; you buy these frozen. Let it thaw for a while, then you can easily fill the sheets and roll them up tightly (tip: seal them with some beaten egg yolk). Then frying at 180 degrees is the message, until they have a beautiful golden color. By far the most common dipping sauce is Thai sweet chili sauce.
(Vietnamese) summer rolls
Summer rolls, on the other hand, are made with cold, soaked rice sheets (also called bang trang deo or goi cuon ; you can find it in any toko or supermarket ). The translucent rice sheets already reveal a bit of the filling: often raw crispy vegetables, lots of fresh herbs and ingredients such as chicken, pork belly and/or shrimp.
Making your own summer rolls is a satisfying job and is perfect for dinner parties with friends. In that case, put a bowl of water on the table, a pile of dry rice sheets and a zipper of fresh vegetables, herbs and other goodies.
Then you just let your guests roll their own summer rolls themselves (check here how to do that). Not only does it save you work as a host or hostess, these types of rolls are also the best fresh. After all, if the rolls are made too far in advance, the sheets will become tough.
And spring rolls?
The difference between Vietnamese spring and summer rolls is therefore clear: one is savory and hot fried, the other fresh and refreshing. Yet the terms are still often used interchangeably and often also mentioned in the same breath as spring rolls.
That is not illogical: spring rolls are a kind of collective term for the same type of snacks from different Asian countries. The origin of the spring roll may be in China, but now enough Asian countries have their own variant, such as the Vietnamese spring rolls above. Size, type of dough, fillings and dipping sauce are variable, although this always concerns a filled envelope of dough.
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