Crystal Shrimp Rolls


  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) white rice vinegar
  • 500 g (1lb 2 oz) Medium raw shrimps, peeled, deveined and halved lengthways
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 Small green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Nuoc cham sauce
  • 2 Limes, squeezed and juiced
  • 8 pcs Round rice paper wrappers
  • 60 g (1 oz) Crushed roasted peanuts
  • Large handful Fresh coriander (cilantro), dill and mint leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt


  1. Put the vinegar and salt into a bowl and stir the shrimps. Leave for about 8 minutes, then drain the shrimps, rinse well under running water and squeeze them dry. 
  2. Put the shallot, garlic, chilies, nuoc cham sauce and lime juice into another bowl, add the shrimps and mix thoroughly. 
  3. Cover and leave to marinate in the refrigerator for about 4 hours, until the shrimps have changed color. 
  4. *Soak the rice paper wrappers in hot water, one at a time, until they become soft and flexible, then remove them and pat dry. 
  5. Put some of the shrimp mixture in a line, about 2.5 cm from the edge of the wrapper, add some peanuts and mixed herbs and roll up the wrapper, folding in the sides to make a neat cigar shape. 
  6. As these rice paper wrappers are usually quite large, cut the shrimp rolls into halves or thirds. 
  7. Serve with individual bowls of nuoc cham dipping sauce.

* The soaking time of the wrappers depends on the sheet thicknss and can be as short as a quick dip. Longer can leave the wrapper in tatters. Just check your rice wrapper first to determine the optimal rehydration.