Vietnamese Vegan Fresh Spring Rolls With Vietnamese Dipping Sauces

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These Vietnamese fresh spring rolls are an excellent vegan fresh spring rolls. The Vietnamese vegan fresh spring rolls pair well with our Vietnamese dipping sauces.

CNN Travel rates Vietnamese fresh spring rolls as one of the top 50 foods globally; when you try these fresh spring rolls, you will understand why they are so popular.

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Vietnamese Vegan Fresh Spring Rolls Ingredients

About The Ingredients for Vietnamese Vegan Fresh Spring Rolls

One of the rules for Vietnamese cooking is there are no exact measurements; this is very true of these spring rolls. The amounts we have listed you can add to or take away from as you want.

If there are certain vegetables you do not like, you can take them out. If there are others you like, you can add them in. Throughout Vietnam, you will find variations of these fresh spring rolls.

When making these Vietnamese fresh spring rolls, there are a few things for you to remember:

  • Fresh IngredientsVietnamese only use fresh ingredients in their foods. So all the foods for these spring rolls are fresh – usually bought in the morning at the market and then eaten that same day. Most of the vegetables and fruits you can get at your local grocery store.
  • Fried Tofu – These spring rolls also have some fried tofu. You should fry up the tofu and cut it up in long, thin pieces so they can roll easier in the spring rolls.
  • Fresh Herbs – Vietnamese use only fresh herbs, such as fresh mint and cilantro. Also, you can put in some Vietnamese or Thai basil. South Vietnam will use more Vietnamese basil than North Vietnam.
  • Cut Up Vegetables and Fruits – You will notice that all our fruits and vegetables are cut up into thin long slices. This is the best way to cut them so they roll easily
  • Rice Noodles – In Vietnam we can buy the rice noodles fresh and already cooked. Those who are not in Vietnam will need to buy the dried version and boil and cook them. Follow the instructions on the packet. We suggest buying a Vietnamese brand; go to your local Asian grocery store to see what they have.
  • Rice Paper – There are many kinds of rice paper, but get a Vietnamese brand. Again, many grocery stores now carry this or buy it from your local Asian grocery store.

Here are some of our suggestions of other fruits and vegetables you can add to these rolls: bean sprouts, apples, mushrooms, spinach, avocados, yellow peppers, green peppers, and cabbage would also work well inside these fresh spring rolls.

Fresh Herbs For Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls

Tips to Rolling Your Fresh Spring Rolls

Here are a few tips to help you to roll your spring rolls. You can watch our video and also see how we roll them here in Hanoi, Vietnam. This video was filmed and taken in my home in Hanoi, so sometimes you can hear some of the sounds of Hanoi -it is all part of being authentic and showing your authentic Vietnamese foods and recipes.

Tips to rolling your fresh spring rolls:

  • Wet Cloth – Use a wet cotton cloth. We used some cotton napkins. This will help the spring roll wrapped to be wet but not too wet. It will also allow you to roll it easier.
  • Brush on water – We use a kitchen brush to brush on the water to the rice spring roll skin. The trick is that you do not want to wet it, or the skin will break easily. If you watch our video, you can see how little water Suu puts on to the skin.
  • Lettuce and herbs are first – When you roll a spring roll the lettuce and herbs are first. You can see from our video just a small amount was used at the very top of the fresh spring roll wrapper.
  • Fruit and Vegetables – The fruit and vegetables are next. If you watch the video you can see just a few pieces are put on.
  • Add fried tofu– Next you add the fried tofu and then tuck it under. Make sure as you do this you are holding the roll tightly.
  • Noodles – Finally add some noodles on top.
  • Fold in the Sides – Fold in the sides. You should not need water, but if you do, you can add a bit.
  • Roll Tightly – Then roll the spring roll tightly and close.
  • Do not overstuff – One error a lot of people make is that they try to overstuff the spring roll. Do not overstuff it, or it will not roll correctly.
  • Do not over-wet – The spring roll’s fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients have water in them. For this reason, the roll will start to get wet, so you do not need to over it, or the skin will break apart.

Vietnamese Spring Roll Sauces:

We have a recipe for two dipping sauces. One sauce is used a lot in North Vietnam, and another is the popular southern peanut sauce. You can make one or do like we do, make both.

I love both of these sauces so much that I will mix them when I eat my fresh spring rolls. I find the flavors go together very well.

Nước Chấm Vietnamese Sauce

Here are the differences between these two fresh spring roll dipping sauces:

Nước Chấm Vietnamese Spring Roll Sauce

Nước chấm means sauce in Vietnamese, and this fish sauce mixture is used a lot in Vietnam. The sauce comprises fish sauce, water, lime, garlic, red chili peppers, and sugar. You can top off the sauce with ground pepper just before serving.

This sauce is used for many Vietnamese dishes, particularly in North Vietnam. In fact, in North Vietnam, the fresh spring rolls are always eaten with this dipping sauce.

Nước Chấm Vietnamese Peanut Sauce
Nước Chấm Vietnamese Peanut Sauce

Nước Chấm Vietnamese Peanut Sauce

The Nước Chấm Vietnamese Peanut Sauce is a sauce used in South Vietnam to eat fresh spring rolls. This sauce needs to be heated up and cooked, but it is a great dipping sauce for the spring rolls and probably most Westerners’ favorite.

In our recipe, we used smooth peanut butter and then add freshly ground peanuts for a topping. This gave the sauce a nice crunch.

Other Fresh Spring Roll Versions

We have made several other versions of this same spring roll. Each of them has a recipe and video.

Here are some of our other versions of these wonderful Vietnamese fresh spring rolls and a link to the recipe:

Keto Version Of The Fresh Spring Rolls

We realize that many people now are eating keto foods. The good thing is you can have a lot of the taste and flavor of these fresh spring rolls while eating as a keto diet.

To make a keto version of these spring rolls, here are our suggestions:

  • Eliminate Rice Noodles – You can eat these without the rice noodles. They will also taste great. Add in some bean sprouts or even cabbage instead.
  • Keto Fruits And Vegetables – You can try to add in keto friendly fruits and only use the keto friendly vegetables.
  • Wrap With Lettuce – instead of the rice paper wrap the spring roll with lettuce instead. Wrap them as you eat them.
  • Use Monk Fruit Sugar – For the sauces, use Monk Fruit Sugar instead of Sugar to make it a sugar-free sauce.
  • Coconut Oil – Use coconut oil for the peanut sauce or any other cooking.
  • Peanut Butter – Use a sugar-free keto peanut butter, then add a bit of monk fruit sugar if you want to sweeten up the peanut sauce a bit.
  • Hoisin Sauce – Make your own keto hoisin sauce or use a keto-friendly soya sauce.

Vietnamese Vegan Fresh Spring Rolls With Vietnamese Dipping Sauces Recipe

Vietnamese Vegan Fresh Spring Rolls With Vietnamese Dipping Sauces

Recipe by Anita L Hummel
Course: Vietnamese Food, Fresh Spring RollsCuisine: Vietnamese, AsianDifficulty: Easy


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Vietnamese Vegan Fresh Spring Rolls With Two Kinds Of Vietnamese Dipping Sauces (Northern Dipping Sauce and Peanut Dipping Sauce) Both of these Vietnamese dipping sauces are heavenly!


  • Vietnamese Vegan Fresh Spring Rolls
  • 1/2 carrot shredded

  • 1/2 Mango cut into thin slices

  • 1/4 pineapple, cut into thin slices

  • 1/2 cucumber cut into thin slices

  • 1/2 red pepper cut into thin slices

  • 1 bunch Vietnamese or Thai Fresh Basil (optional)

  • 1 bunch fresh mint leaves

  • 1 bunch of lettuce leaves or 1/2 lettuce head

  • 1 bunch cilantro leaves

  • 8 pcs Rice Paper

  • 1/2 pound or 220 grams cooked rice noodles

  • Vietnamese Fresh Spring Roll Dipping Sauce (Fish Sauce Recipe)
  • 3 Tablespoon Fish Sauce

  • 6 Tablespoons Water

  • 1 Fresh Lime, freshly squeezed

  • 3 cloves minced garlic

  • 2 heaping Tablespoons Sugar

  • 1 small piece of fresh red chili

  • Vietnamese Peanut Dipping Sauce
  • 1 or 2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil

  • 3 cloves minced garlic

  • 8 Tablespoons Hoisin Sauce

  • 2 to 3 heaping tablespoons smooth peanut butter

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 pcs minced shallots

  • 1 piece fresh red chili. minced

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons minced fresh peanuts


  • Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls
  • Fry up tofu in a pan with oil, and cut into small long thin pieces
  • Cut all fruit and vegetable into thin slices. The long thin slices help you to be able to roll the spring rolls easier.
  • Cook and boil rice noodles (if you are using dried noodles)
  • Roll out the spring roll skins by adding water to the spring roll skin. We recommend a damp, wet cloth and applying water with a kitchen brush (see our video that shows this)
  • Start to roll starting with lettuce, herbs and then add fruit and vegetables
  • Add tofu
  • Add some rice noodles
  • Finish rolling by folding in the sides and then roll tightly
  • Vietnamese Fresh Spring Roll Dipping Sauce (Fish Sauce Recipe)
  • Add water, fish sauce, and sugar; stir to mix well.
  • Then add garlic, red chili, and lime juice. Stir together well.
  • Vietnamese Peanut Dipping Sauce
  • Heat a pan and add sesame oil
  • Cook shallots and garlic in oil until completely cooked.
  • Add water and stir
  • Then add hoisin sauce and continue stirring
  • Add peanut butter and continue stirring until you have a smooth mixture.
  • Add in fresh red chilis and peanuts
  • Cool to serve


  • This recipe is for 4 servings, but you may find extra ingredients, so plan on having some extra rice paper spring roll paper just in case.
  • 4 serving is 2 rolls per person. This amount is meant to be for an appetizer. If you eat this as a meal, you will need to have more rolls per person.

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