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Fried Spring Rolls (Cha Gio) Recipe

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Servings: 8

Ingredients

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  • 8 ounce Thin rice vermicelli vermicelli (bun) or possibly
  • 2 bn Of Japanese alimentary paste noodles (somen). Nuoc Cham Vegetable Platter
  • 6 x Dry Chinese mushrooms
  • 1 Tbsp. Dry tree ear mushrooms
  • 6 x Water chestnuts or possibly 1/2 small jicama, peeled and minced
  • 4 ounce Fresh or possibly canned lump crabmeat, picked over and liquid removed
  • 8 ounce Raw shrimp, shelled, deveined and chopped
  • 12 ounce Grnd pork shoulder
  • 1 med Onion, chopped
  • 4 x Shallots, chopped
  • 4 x Garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Nuoc mam (Vietnamese fish sauce)
  • 1 tsp Freshly grnd black pepper
  • 3 x Large eggs
  • 1/2 c. Sugar
  • 80 sm Rounds of rice paper (banh trang), each 6 1/2 inches in diameter Peanut oil, for frying

Directions

  1. This is another version of the superlative Cha Gio (also called Nems). The filling here is a bit more elaborate than in the first one. Boil the noodles. Prepare the Nuoc Cham and Vegetable Platter.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Prepare the filling: Soak the two types of mushrooms in warm water till soft, about 30 min. Drain. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and squeeze to extract the liquid. Mince the mushrooms.
  4. Combine the mushrooms with the remaining filling ingredients in a large bowl. Mix with your hands to blend. Set aside.
  5. Assemble the rolls: Fill a mixing bowl with 4 c. of hot water and dissolve the sugar in it. The rice paper sheets are brittle and must be handled with care. (The water is used to soften the sheets for handling. Sweetening the water helps the rice paper turn a deep golden brown color when fried and also produces crisper rolls.) Work with only 4 sheets of rice paper at a time, keeping the remaining sheets covered with a barely damp cloth to prevent curling. One at a time, immerse a sheet in the hot water. Quickly remove it and spread flat on a dry towel. Don't let the sheets touch each other. The rice paper will become pliable within seconds.
  6. Fold up the bottom third of each round. Put 1 generous tsp. of filling in the center of the folded-over portion. Press into a compact rectangle. Fold one side of the paper over the mix, then the other side. Roll from bottom to top to completely enclose the filling. Continue till all of the mix is used.
  7. Fry the rolls: If possible, fry in 2 skillets. Pour 1 to 1 1/2 inches of oil into each skillet and heat to 325F. Working in batches, add in some of the rolls to each skillet, but don't crowd or possibly let them touch, or possibly they will stick together. Fry over moderate heat for 10 to 12 min, turning often, till golden brown and crisp. Remove the rolls with tongs and drain on paper towels. Keep hot in a low oven while frying the remaining rolls.
  8. Traditionally, Cha Gio is served with the accompaniments suggested in this recipe.
  9. To eat, each diner wraps a roll in a lettuce leaf along with a few strands of noodles and a variety of other ingredients from the Vegetable Platter before dipping it in the Nuoc Cham. If served as an hors d'ouvre, allow 4 or possibly 5 rolls per person; serve 8 to 10 as a main course.
  10. NOTE: Another popular way of serving this dish is to divide the noodles and elements of the Vegetable Platter proportionately among the individual bowls. Top each with cut-up pcs of Cha Gio, grnd roasted peanuts and Nuoc Cham.
  11. As a quick and easy appetizer, Cha Gio can be served with just Nuoc Cham.
  12. Yield: about 80 spring rolls.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 38g
Recipe makes 8 servings
Calories -124  
Calories from Fat 30 0%
Total Fat 3.36g 4%
Saturated Fat 1.07g 4%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 151mg 50%
Sodium -142mg -6%
Potassium 251mg 7%
Total Carbs -49.35g -13%
Dietary Fiber -1.5g -5%
Sugars 13.14g 9%
Protein 12.26g 20%

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