On a recent trip to Vietnam my unintentional
travel buddy was plates and plates of delectable nem ran.
Four hours of trekking in Sapa, nem ran for
lunch. Another four hours, nem ran for dinner. I loved it. The light and flaky
rice paper filled with minced pork and bean sprouts was perfect snacking food
while nursing bleeding heels in local’s homes.
Nem ran is the Northern Vietnamese version of a
spring roll and can be found at most street stalls and restaurants. I found the
street stalls didn’t compare to the homemade offerings I experienced while staying
See below for my attempt at a recreation, with
practice maybe one day you’ll trek to my house for a taste!
- 30g (1/2 cup) wood-ear fungus (from Vietnamese groceries)
- 700g pork mince
- 10 green shallots, ends trimmed, finely chopped
- 1 x 50g pkt vermicelli noodles, cut into 2cm lengths
- 2 handfuls of bean sprouts
- 2 eggs, lightly whisked
- 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp chicken stock powder
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 x 375g pkt 18cm-diameter round rice-paper sheets (banh trang)
- Vegetable oil, to deep fry
1. Place the wood-ear fungus in a heatproof bowl. Cover
with warm water and set aside for 30 minutes to soak. Drain and finely chop.
2. Combine the chopped fungus, pork, green shallots, noodles, bean sprouts, eggs,
pepper, salt, chicken stock powder and sugar in a large bowl.
3. Fill a bowl with warm water. Dip 1 sheet of rice paper
in the water for 10-15 seconds or until it begins to soften.
4. Drain and top with
1 tbs of filling. Fold in the sides and roll up firmly to enclose the filling.
Repeat with the remaining rice-paper sheets and filling.
5. Add enough oil to a large saucepan or deep frying pan
to reach a depth of 6cm and heat over medium heat.
6. Add one-third of the spring rolls and deep-fry for 10
minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Use a slotted spoon to
transfer to a plate lined with paper towel.
7. Repeat in 2 more batches with
remaining spring rolls, reheating clean oil between batches. Cut each spring
roll into 3 equal pieces.
Ingredients - fish sauce,
lime, garlic, sugar, small red and green chillies and water.
garlic and chillies. Add the sugar into a bowl of hot water to help dissolve it
quickly. Add fish sauce, lime, and the minced garlic and peppers into the sugar
Recipe courtesy of Kate Hoffman, our resident foodie at World Nomads.
Do's and Don't's When Travelling in Vietnam
A Taste of China - Simple Wontons (Chinese Dumplings)
you travelling safely. Whether you’re off for a long weekend, looking
for the ultimate adventure or living the nomadic dream, you’ll stay safe
with Travel Insurance you can buy online, anytime, and the latest travel safety advice. We’ll also help you share your journey with a free travel blog, flirt in over 25 languages with our free language guides, have an experience of a lifetime on a travel scholarship and donate to a local community development project through our Footprints program.
WorldNomads.com - an essential part of every adventurous traveller's journey.