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Shrimp and Pork Basil Roll Recipe
A couple months ago, my mom came into town and made one of my favorite foods: basil rolls!! I posted some pictures into our Facebook Group and some of the members asked for the recipe and a couple of my friends also wanted to learn how to make it. So I had a small party with a few friends and we made some basil rolls. My friend Nicole (from At Nicole’s Kitchen) helped with prepping the ingredients since she loves to cook.
The recipe below can vary depending on what you want to use for the ingredients inside the roll and you could even try adding some additional ingredients as well. The traditional rolls will typically have shrimp and/or chicken, rice noodles, basil, lettuce and sometimes carrots and bean sprouts. When I make mine, I will sometimes leave out the rice noodles and will add in avocados and mint too. For this recipe, we used rice noodles but I still added in avocados. I love avocados and I’ll put it in anything! 🙂
If you have a farmer’s market near you or an Asian grocery store, you should be able to find most, if not all, of the ingredients there.
- Rice Paper
- Rice Stick Noodles (will vary depending on packaging, about 10-12 min)
- Wild Caught Shrimp (boiled and deveined), slice in half
- Pork (I use pork chops, but it can be any cut with lean meat)
- Thai Basil
- Mint (optional)
- Avocados (optional)
- Boil the Rice Stick Noodles (length of time will vary depending on packaging but typically about 10-12 minutes)
- Boil the Shrimp, then slice it in half and devein it as well
- Boil the Pork and slice the pork into smaller pieces
- Rinse and wash the basil, lettuce, bean sprouts, carrots, mint (optional) and cut up the avocados lengthwise (optional)
- Boil some hot water in a large pot and then pour it into a container that is large enough to where you can dip the Rice Paper into it.
- Dip the Rice Paper into the hot water and set aside onto a flat plate. The hot water will soften up the rice paper so you can wrap the basil rolls. The hotter the water, the quicker the rice paper will soften. I usually don’t have my water too hot and will prepare a few rice paper and set them on several plates so it softens while I am rolling each roll.
- When the rice paper is soft, put in the lettuce, noodles, carrots, basil, bean sprouts, mint, avocados, shrimp and/or pork.
- Roll the basil roll like a burrito 🙂
There are several variations of dipping sauce, but this is one that my friend Nicole made during our party. Mix all these together until the sugar dissolves.
- 2 TBS fish sauce
- 3 TBS fresh lime
- 3 TBS sugar in the raw
- 3 TBS water (may be diluted more for a lighter taste)
- Thai Chili pepper (optional)
- Vinegar (optional)
My mom has a different recipe for the dipping sauce, but she doesn’t really measure it out, so I have a hard time duplicating it. 🙂 Once I can figure out the right proportions, I will update this post with second dipping sauce option.
Try it out and let me know how you like it! If you have any questions, feel free to ask! And a BIG THANKS to my friend Nicole, Vergilia and Gio for coming to my basil roll party! 🙂 It was so much fun I might have another party to make something else!