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Vegan Vietnamese Banh Mi Spring Rolls

A fresh vegan spring roll that uses the flavors and ingredients of a banh mi for a twist on a classic.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 12 rolls

Ingredients

Vegan Vietnamese Banh Mi Spring Rolls

  • 12 spring roll wrappers
  • 7-8 oz rice noodles
  • 1 medium cucumber very thinly sliced
  • 1 batch Vietnamese pickled vegetables (in brine)
  • fresh cilantro (optional)

Sweet and Tangy Hoisin Dipping Sauce

  • 1/3 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce

Instructions

  • Cook the rice noodles as per package directions until al dente. Drain.
  • Heat an inch or two of water in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Have all of your ingredients prepped and ready to go for assembly.
  • Take one of the spring roll wrappers and hold with both hands at the top. Dip the bottom half into the warm water in the skillet until the wrapper just softens (it is easier if it is not too soft). You are looking for it to no longer be hard and to have some flex to it.
  • Pull the wrapper out of the water and rotate your hands to the now soft side of the spring roll wrapper. Dunk the second, still dry, half into the water and hold until it is soft as well. (Alternatively, you can lay the entire wrapper in the water at once, however I find it more difficult to get it out of the water and laying flat as it folds on itself more easily).
  • Place the softened wrapper on a flat working surface.
  • About 2/3 of the way down, layer four thin cucumber slices, slightly overlapping, in the middle. Just above the cucumber, add some of the pickled vegetables (a bundle approximately 1.5-2 inches wide) across the same width as the cucumber slices. Just above the pickled vegetables, add fresh cilantro leaves if desired across the same width as the vegetables.
  • Add approximately 1/3 cup of the rice noodles on top of the cucumber slices. Pour 1 teaspoon of the pickling liquid from the pickled vegetables onto the rice noodles.
  • Fold both sides of the rice paper wrapper in and over the filling.
  • Fold up the bottom of the rice paper wrapper over the noodles and continue tightly rolling all the way up.
  • Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make the rest of the rolls.
  • Make the sauce by combining the hoisin, sweet chili sauce, rice vinegar, and soy sauce in a small bowl. Whisk to combine and adjust flavors to your preference (more sweet chili sauce for a sweeter sauce, more vinegar for a tangy sauce, etc). You could also serve these with any sauce you prefer.

Notes

I use the pad thai style noodle, which is similar in thickness to linguine.  You can also use the thin rice noodles if preferred.
This recipe uses the large, round rice paper spring roll wrappers and not the small square ones.  You can find these round wrappers online here or in the Asian or ethnic section of your grocery store.
You may need more or less of each ingredient depending on exactly how much you put into each roll.
These rolls are very large, approximately 8 inches long.
You can use any Vietnamese pickled vegetable that you like.  Find our recipe for them here!