Friday, February 26, 2010

Vietnamese Egg Roll Recipe (Cha Gio)

I've had a couple of requests for my egg roll recipe so I decided to go ahead and blog it. This is how I make it- some other Vietnamese people may make it differently. :D

1 lb. Ground Pork
approx. 5 large carrots, peeled and shredded
4 bundles of the bean thread rice noodles (Package is usually wrapped in bright pink netting, 8 bundles per package), cooked, drained, and chopped.

1/2 a bag of dried woodear mushrooms, soaked for 15 minutes and then finely chopped
1/2 onion, finely chopped (optional)
1/8 tsp. Garlic Salt
1/8 tsp. Pepper
1 tbsp. Fish Sauce

Combine all the ingredients to make the filling.

Other Ingredients
1 egg, beaten
1 package of egg roll wrappers (25-30 count)
Cooking Oil

Make sure that you buy the thin egg roll wrappers. This is a good brand:Or this one is good too.
I have only found these kind of wrappers in Asian markets, NOT in local grocery stores. The regular ones in the stores are thick and doughy like this:

Do NOT use these thick wrappers for this recipe because the wrapper will begin to burn while cooking in the oil before the filling has a chance to cook all the way through.

Drop about 2 spoonfuls of the filling into the wrapper and use these instructions to roll them up. The beaten egg is used to seal the outside flap of the wrapper to keep it closed. Just dip your finger in the egg and run it along the edge of the flap to seal it:

Once your egg rolls are wrapped, heat up a pot of cooking oil to medium-high heat. If you want to be healthy, safflower oil is a great choice. Otherwise vegetable or canola oil will do. Make sure there is enough oil in your pot so that your egg rolls will float. Cook for 7-10 minutes or until they become golden brown. Drain them on paper towels and once they cool enjoy eating them!

Vietnamese Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Cham)
  • 1/4 cup Fish Sauce
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 minced Clove of Garlic
  • 1 tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper
Combine ingredients and feel free to alter measurements to taste.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Our Crazy Weekend in Vegas!

Haha, it actually wasn't crazy at all. Except for when we drove to the gas station to get a slushy and Bret saw a drug deal go down. :D Other than that it was pretty mellow.

We went to the Mandalay Bay Aquarium and Kien was excited to see all the fish. Here's the little guy all ready with his ticket:
What an adorable little angel....

Dad showing Kien how to pet the sting rays:
And Kien not being able to quite make the reach:
We went with Tonia to Bass Pro Shop so the kids could see all the animals. Here's Kien with his cousins Bailey and Sadie:
Me and Bret posing in front of the waterfall.
Tonia captured Kien's new favorite facial expression:
All in all, it was a great weekend.