Dubbed as one among the most typical Vietnamese traditional food, Vietnamese fried spring rolls (Vietnamese called Nem Rán) has appeared on special occasions of year, especially during Vietnamese Lunar Tet Holidays.
However, this dish is currently served all-year-round and presented as a cannot-be-missed food in almost every menu of Vietnamese Restaurant as well as in each Hanoi cooking class tour. It is such a popular dish that many locals of Vietnam own it as their local specialty and normally call it Nem Ran by Northern people and Cha Gio by Southern people.
In fact, fried spring rolls were derived from the Southern part of Vietnam. It was brought to Hanoi and then has rapidly become a favorite and typical food of every Hanoian. Different from popular myth, Vietnamese people do not have a habit of easting fried spring rolls with rice every day. It is actually a special food for special occasions of year, including Tet and family parties. Nem Ran is well tasted with fresh herbs and dipped into the fish sauce which plays an import part in deciding the Nem Ran is delicious or not. Fish sauce is harmoniously combined of flavors such as lemon juice, sugar, chili and pepper.
Foreign tourist tries to cook Vietnamese spring rolls, under instructions and guidance from the Master ChefDepending on each local, the ingredients to make Vietnamese fried spring rolls are different. However, this dish normally contains lean minced pork, sea crabs or unshelled shrimps, edible mushroom, dried onion, duck/chicken eggs, pepper, salt and different kinds of seasoning. Nowadays, people make many variants of the traditional pork-based rolls. Pork is replaced by crab, so it is called Crab spring rolls (Nem Cua Be).
All ingredients as mentioned above are mixed thoroughly before being wrapped with rice paper into small rolls which will be then fried in boiling oil. When preparing for meals, rolls are usually garnished with fresh lettuce and herbs to attract any “eater”.
Foreigners may not know that the bowl of fish sauce is not the same for every dish of Vietnamese meal. Each dish have a specific demand of dipping sauce and with fried spring
roll it requires a good hand to make one. A quality dipping sauce bowl for this dish must be the harmonious combination of flavors such as lemon juice, sugar, chili and pepper the fish sauce.
Where to eat?
– No.33 Bong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
– No.49B Tran Quoc Toan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi- No.92 Cua Bac Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
– No.113B1 Giang Vo Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
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