Vietnamese stuffed rolls with Nuoc Cham dipping sauce

When we lived in Vinohrady (Na Svihance, Prague 2), often on cold days we ordered traditional Vietnamese dishes to take-way. Pho Vietnam has many restaurants, but we went to their bistro near the metro Jiri z Podebrad, because it was affordable (approx. 5-7€ all mains) and served good quality traditional dishes.... fast! Despite of the fast services, there was/is always a long queue of hungry people waiting patiently. Everything is fresh, flavourful, colourful, and delicious. Their menu includes vegetarian, seafood, and meat dishes.  Their pho soup is epic, and we never got enough of their stuffed rolls with extra Nuoc Cham dipping sauce! 

Vietnamese stuffed rice rolls

Today prepared two kinds of Vietnamese stuffed rice rolls and I used Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan's rough recipes: 

  • Round Vietnamese rice paper, rice noodles, beef, salad, cabbage, egg, coriander, carrots, and sweet & sour fish sauce (Nước chấm
  • Round Vietnamese rice paper, rice noodles, shrimp, pork, salad, cabbage, egg, coriander and Nước chấm (2 Garlic gloves, 1 tsp Sugar, 200 ml Water, 1-2 tsps Vietnamese Fish Sauce, 2 tbsp Lime Juice, 2-4 Bird's Eye Chili).

Vietnamese are admirably hard-working immigrants, who run one third of all 24/7 minimarkets (potraviny) in Czechia. Since the end of Vietnam War in 1975, the Vietnamese diaspora grow fast in Europe. According to Wikipedia, the Vietnamese diaspora in France is over 300000, in Germany 140000, Russia 80000, Czechia 80000 and in Finland 10000. When I was studying political sciences at the Charles University in Prague, I discovered that most of these immigrants were not that different to others who move to Europe from low- and middle-income economies to improve their lives and ensure a better future for their children. However, we were also taught that a small fraction of this diaspora belongs to organised Vietnamese gangs producing and distributing illegal drugs for quick wins. Well, hello, fraction of French, Germans, Russians, Czech and Finns are criminals, too. What a cheery anecdote! 

For completing the stuffed rice rolls ("spring rolls") you need a rice paper package (I bought Bánh Tráng Mỹ Tho 340g, Ø 28cm)

I ended up making two dipping sauces: Nuoc Cham and
aromatic and spicy Indonesian peanut butter dipping sauce.

Wrapping must be done quickly!