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Gỏi cuốn – authentic Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Vietnamese Spring Rolls ingredients #vinegar #soy sauce |

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It turns out gỏi cuốn has a lot of names. I first tried a similar recipe from a German cookbook, and it took me a while to hunt down the name. But find it I did, and gỏi cuốn is the original name.

These delicious little summer rolls have become known as many different names across the world, ranging from vietnamese spring rolls to rice paper wraps to summer rolls.

Some call them salad rolls, soft rolls, cold rolls or crystal rolls. We’re going to stick with gỏi cuốn for now.

Whatever you decide to call them, you’re in for a summery treat. You can adapt the rolls to your personal preferences, and use all your favourite ingredients.

the necessary ingredients #sugar #sesame oil | the ingredients are prepared #ginger #lemon juice |

Goi Cuon – what’s inside?

Goi cuon can be made with virtually any meat or veggies, and obviously we stick to veg. Good news in fact – these rice wraps are vegan – and raw! No cooking required – always nice for a change.

We tried out a lot of different fillings for our wraps and ended up with these as our main tasty fillers.

  • Shredded carrot
  • Sliced bell pepper
  • Spring onions
  • Ripped basil or coriander leaves
  • Leaves of salad (like lettuce)
  • Chopped peanuts

These are our favourites but feel free to experiment and use whatever you like! Or have a dig through the fridge and see what needs to be used up. Nobody wants wasted food, after all.

grated carrots #ginger #lemon juice |
sliced pepper, spring onions and chopped peanuts #salt #carrots |

Saucy Stuff

For the sauce we opted for a delicious ginger and garlic medley. It’s great. The main ingredients are:

  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • White wine vinegar
  • Soy Sauce

It’s a deep, dark, spicy dipping sauce. If you’d prefer something without heat then a simple satay/peanut sauce also goes really well. I’ll add the instructions below.

the sauce is ready #sesame seeds #olive oil |

Anything Else?

As I’ve said, these goi cuon are fully customisable. Make them just how you like. I personally love a few noodles in mine, and rice works well, too.

Avocado didn’t seem right, I didn’t enjoy the texture inside the rice paper wraps. But everyone is different – see what takes your fancy.

rice paper sheet is preparing in the warm water #sesame seeds #olive oil |
Dave tastes the summer roll #peanuts #yellow bell pepper |

How do I serve Vietnamese Spring Rolls?

When serving, you can really go to town very easily with these summer rolls. We recommend laying out everything in its own serving bowl. Then a plate for each person to craft their rolls on, along with a dipping bowl for the sauce.

That’s it enjoy!

One final note – most rice paper rolls, wraps, leaves or sheets happen to be gluten-free. Check the label to make sure, but you should be good to go!

Don’t forget soy sauce also has gluten, but gluten-free versions are becoming easier and easier to find!

the dish is served #summer rolls #salad #rice paper sheets |
Goi Cuon – authentic Vietnamese spring rolls
5 from 7 votes
Gỏi cuốn – these summer rolls are easy, authentic and require absolutely no cooking. We’ve even included two simple but to die-for sauces!
Cuisine:Asian, Vietnamese
Diet: dairy-free, egg-free, vegan
Prep Time:30 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes


For the sauce:

For the rolls:


  • 1 cup noodles use your favourite type

Alternative satay/peanut sauce you’ll need:


For the sauce:

  • Finely dice the ginger, chilli pepper and garlic and add to a mixing bowl.
  • Stir in the white wine vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil and lemon juice well.
  • Place into serving bowls, one per person.
  • For the satay sauce, dice the ginger and garlic then mix in a bowl with the peanut butter, maple syrup, vinegar and soy sauce. Mix in a drop of water to thin it slightly.
    Gỏi cuốn - authentic Vietnamese Spring Rolls - the sauce is ready #sesame seeds #olive oil |

For the rolls:

  • Grate the carrots and add in the sesame seeds, place in serving bowl.
    Gỏi cuốn - authentic Vietnamese Spring Rolls - grated carrots #ginger #lemon juice |
  • Thinly slice the pepper and chop the peanuts. Place both in separate serving bowls.
    Gỏi cuốn - authentic Vietnamese Spring Rolls - sliced pepper, spring onions and chopped peanuts #salt #carrots |
  • Slice the spring onions – place in serving bowl.
 Chop or rip the salad leaves, don’t place in a serving bowl. Just kidding. Do it.
  • Rip the basil or coriander leaves, yep, place in serving bowl.
  • Optional: cook a few of your fave noodles according to packet instructions.
  • To soften the rice paper sheets, dip into a large bowl of warm water (think bath temperature) for about three seconds. You can also use a tray for this.
    Gỏi cuốn - authentic Vietnamese Spring Rolls - rice paper sheet is preparing in the warm water #sesame seeds #olive oil |
  • Fill your rice paper sheets with whichever ingredients you fancy.
    Gỏi cuốn - authentic Vietnamese Spring Rolls - Vietnamese Spring Rolls ingredients are prepared #sugar #sesame oil |
  • Fold in both ends (at the long end), then wrap like a burrito. The rice paper will be very sticky, so do it carefully. That’s it.
  • Eat, and dip into sauce!
    Gỏi cuốn - authentic Vietnamese Spring Rolls - the dish is served #salad #rice paper sheets |


You can use whatever veggies you like in your goi cuon! Have a look in the cupboard and fridge and see what needs using up. We have lots more Asian-inspired food, too! Try this lush Asian creamy corn soup for something different, or these awesome fiery dragon noodles for a super-quick dinner that’s better than take-out. And make them snappy!
Please note that the nutritional information displayed does not include the optional noodles or peanut butter and maple syrup.
This recipe was inspired by the awesome cookbook ‘Street Food‘ by Anne-Katrin Weber (in German). So good!
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  1. 5 stars
    These were delicious. We set it all out on the table and everyone made there own. Great for the kids as they just chose what they wanted. I also added strips of cucumber and bean sprouts. Love your recipes.

    1. Woohoo! Ahh that’s so great to hear, Bronwyn. I’m really glad you (and everyone) enjoyed them. Yes, exactly – everyone can choose the bits they like 🙂

  2. Interessante!!