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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Nem Nuong Rolls ~ photo tutorial + giveaway

this is a photo laden post, a tutorial of sorts on how to prepare a summer roll. a recipe will not be included.

i've entered a meatball contest. it's next month, in Hunt Valley, MD at the Wine & Food Festival. i have two extra tix to give away. if you are planning to be in the area and/or live here already & want to join in on the craze, leave me a comment below. i'll enter you into the drawing. tix can be picked up at Will Call. deadline: May 18th at 4pm. congrats to Nancy + Brent!

the meat in this roll is called nem nuong, a grilled pork sausage that is heavily flavored with lemongrass, scallions & garlic. i made these a few years ago, but i've since modified the recipe to hopefully appeal to the american palate.

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no seriously, do not drown the rice papers. you want the rolls to have a slight chewiness to it, not break/tear in your hands before they even get to your mouth...

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you really can have whatever vegetation you want. i grabbed these greens at the market but most of the time, i rarely put half these things in.

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nem nuong roll

that's basically it. depending on how i feel, how i place in the contest, i'll post either the nem nuong recipe or figure something out.
either way, wish me luck!

23 comments:

  1. Are these really all that easy to make? You make it look so easy! Why don't I ever make rolls??

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    1. promise, they're easy to make. i started rolling my own when i was 11.

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  2. "I've entered a meatball contest." One of the best sentences I've read in a blog post all week. So, good luck with the meatballs! (And also, that photo tutorial makes me hungry.)

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  3. Ooh, I'm going to be in Baltimore then! I need to remember to buy tickets for the festival!

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    1. sarah, i will enter your name in the drawing. PLEASE CALL OR TEXT ME WHEN YOU'RE IN TOWN, we'll meet up!

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  4. I have tasted your family's balls and they are to die for. Can't wait to introduce them to my whole family:) NAN & MBT

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    1. nancy & brent, best effing comment. ever.

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  5. I wish I could go!! Enjoyed the photos and instructions in this post, Lan---I like what you're doing with image captions throughout. Rooting for you at the festival (from Nashville)! : )

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    1. shannalee, i wish you could come too! are you ever going to reschedule your bmore trip?

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  6. I wanna go! Btw, I just put two and two together and realized you live in Baltimore (late bloomer, sorry!). If you're ever around the DC area, gimme a holler, would love to meet you in real life!

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    1. amrita, i will put your name in the hat! NoVa is not that far from bmore!

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    2. Yep! We actually drove past Baltimore last year to meet the puppy we adopted :D

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  7. love the step by step photos! the rolls look delicious, though really, i think the sound of that sausage, minced meat that's heavily flavouredwith lemongrass, probabaly makes anything that goes with it pretty amazing already. wish I could enter the giveaway ): anyhow good luck with your meatballs contest.

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    1. it is a nice flavor combo, but i want to ensure i appeal to the masses! :)

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  8. Love this tutorial -- my spring rolls always come out so mangled-looking -- will use this as a guide next time I make them and hopefully they will look as pretty as yours!

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    1. thank you! is your rice paper too soft/wet? the key for me is ensuring the rolls are tight. remember when we used to peg/roll our jeans in middle school? that is the same mentality for me. (weird i know...)

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    2. I think I am afraid to rip it, so I'm not rolling it as tight as I should be. Love the tight-roll jeans metaphor -- will keep that image in mind next time I am rolling some up and see what happens! : )

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    3. i am so very glad you understand my tight-roll jeans metaphor!
      just keep in mind, the rice papers are durable, and worse comes to worse, you gotta use up another one. and sometimes, eliminating the rice paper & using lettuce instead is just as fun.

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  9. I shouldn't enter this because I'm event commitment shy with Mr. Baby, but I'm rooting for you! We'll sing On Top of Spaghetti in your honor! Good luck.

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    1. sarah, you are the sweetest. i can't wait to meet Mr. Baby!

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  10. I was puttering around the internet and stumbled upon your blog and then this recipe. While I am not certain how you fared in the competition - please, if you have the time, post the recipe for the nem nuong - specifically the fried rice paper bit and your dipping sauce! It looks similar to the ones I used to get in SO Cal, and need to learn to replicate now that I've moved away! :)

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  11. That looks delish! How do you make the fried rice paper wrapper but, and what do you use for your dipping sauce? It looks delish!

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