Recipe: Square crab spring roll- Nem cua bể

Square crab spring roll- Nem cua be

By Helen Le Published: October 6, 2017

  • Prep: 45 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Ready In: 1 hr 15 mins

  • Yield: 10-20 (2-3 Servings)

Square crab spring roll is a specialty of Hai Phong- a port city in Northern VN. The dish is now getting very popular in other parts of Vietnam and even overseas. It is normally served alongside Bun Cha (Grilled pork with vermicelli).

  • Combine the pork and shrimps with minced shallots and season with 1 tsp stock powder, 2 tsp fish sauce and lots of pepper. Mix well and run your hand in a circular motion in the bowl so the meat and shrimp will become stickier and absorb the seasonings better.
  • Also add chopped scallion and cilantro, carrot, bean sprouts, chopped mushrooms and cellophane noodles. Finally crack in one egg and mix well to combine everything together. Set aside
  • To prepare the crab, scrub and rinse well to clean off all the mud. Then cook with a little bit of water in a pot for about 8-10 minutes until they turn completely orange. Remove and break it down to gather all the flesh. Add to the bowl and mix gently to combine with the rest of the ingredients.
  • If using banh da nem, you only use 2 layers of the wrapper at first. Place about 3 tbsp of the filling in the middle. Fold and shape nicely into a square parcel.
  • Heat enough vegetable oil in a saucepan or a wok to cover at least 3 inches.
  • When small bubbles appear around a chopstick standing into it, keep the heat to low. Oil temp should be around 160C (320F). Gently drop in the wrap and fry for about 5-7 minutes to make sure the filling is cooked through. Remove and let cool on paper towel. Then wrap with another 2-3 sheets of the wrapper and deep fry again over medium heat till golden brown.
  • You can serve this over a bowl of rice vermicelli or wrap in a lettuce leaf and dressed with some light Vietnamese dipping sauce.

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