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How to Make Healthy Fresh Spring Rolls: Shrimp Wraps Cambodian Khmer Nam Chow Recipe

Updated on November 7, 2012

Rice Paper

This is the Rice Paper when it is moistened. Notice it's transparency and floppy nature.
This is the Rice Paper when it is moistened. Notice it's transparency and floppy nature. | Source
An Individual Dry Rice Paper Wrap
An Individual Dry Rice Paper Wrap | Source
Typical Package of Rice Paper Wraps from a store.
Typical Package of Rice Paper Wraps from a store. | Source

This recipe can be used to make as a snack or as part of a larger meal. Many Asian cultures eat Spring Rolls (often called Salad or Summer Rolls) but this recipe comes from Cambodia, Southeast Asia. You can add shrimp or omit it depending on your desired taste.

These Spring Rolls are served cold and so they make a great treat on a hot summer day! They taste even better when dipped in a slightly spicy peanut dipping sauce!

In Traditional Khmer Cambodian Cooking the Rice Paper is made from rice flour and water and batter is spread over a fabric which is stretched over boiling water, and steamed.

Commonly known as Nam Chow in Cambodian Khmer, this recipe is very popular all over Southeast Asia. Rice Paper Wrappers are sold dried and can be found in most Grocery Stores and Asian Specialty Stores. Generally, they are a product of Vietnam. Take care when handling the paper because it is very thin and brittle. Be sure to inspect the product at the store before purchasing.

This recipe serves 4, takes about an hour to prepare, and only takes 10 minutes to cook! Let's take a look at the ingredients:

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Spring Roll Ingredients

Ingredient
Amount
How To Prepare
Dried Rice Paper (Wraps)
8 (8 in/20 cm diameter)
 
Dried Rice Vermicelli
A Handful
 
Shrimp
7 oz (200g)
Wash, Peel and De-vein
Lettuce leaves
8 Leaves
Wash and Dry
Carrot
1 whole
Wash, Peel and slice into very fine strips.
Cucumber
1/2
Wash. Peel and slice into very fine strips.
Bean Sprouts
2 Cups (100 g)
 
Mint Leaves
1 small bunch
 
Thai Basil Leaves
1 small bunch
 
Green Onions (Scallions)
8
Sliced into short lengths

Spring Roll Recipe

  • The first thing that you want to do is to soften the Dried Rice Paper Wrappers by placing them flat between two damp dish towels. Be sure to turn them over occasionally while preparing the rest of the ingredients. If you do this at the beginning they should be soft enough by the time to are ready to wrap them. If you forget to to this then you can soak them in warm water for about 30 seconds at the end of the preparation. Be careful as they tear very easily!
  • Blanch the Dried Rice Vermicelli in hot water for 1-2 minutes or until soft, then rinse with cold water and drain.
  • Bring a large saucepan with salted water to a boil; and briefly cook the shrimp. Plunge the shrimp into cold water when cooked and drain and set aside.
  • On a flat surface such as a cutting board or counter top, spread a single (softened) rice paper wrapper and smooth with your fingers so that it is flat and non-creased.
  • Place a lettuce leaf, some of the carrot, cucumber, bean sprouts and rice vermicelli onto the wrapper (place everything close to one edge for best rolling technique)
  • Fold the wrapper's edge over the ingredients halfway, fold in the sides to make a "pouch" and roll up half way. Be sure to keep it tight.
  • Place some shrimp, the herbs and a scallion (green onion) slice along the roll.
  • Roll up the wrapper all the way, keeping it tight.
  • Repeat these steps 7 more times, and you have 8 delicious Spring Rolls!
  • Set aside for 10 minutes before serving.
  • If you want to add aesthetics to the presentation of this dish, slice off one of the ends of the roll before serving.
  • I recommend clicking the link to learn a quick and easy recipe for Dipping Sauce which makes the Spring Rolls taste even better!

That's it!

Jong Yam! (Want to eat!)

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi KC! The wraps are available in most major supermarkets. You shouldn't have too much trouble finding them. When you try this out I would love to hear your feedback! Thanks for stopping by!

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      KC Santiago 6 years ago from Texas

      Once I find the wraps I will be back for the rest of the recipe. Sounds great and something I think both myself and my wife would like. One of the downs living out in the boonies, things like rice paper wraps are not easily found. I attended a Vietnamese New Year's festival years ago and was well fed on a variety of spring rolls. And all this time I have not made them myself. I need to gt busy with that.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks anglnwu! I often get responses in my recipe comments that they are similar to Thai, Laos, and Vietnamese recipes. I guess it is because that the countries in that region are so close to each other, and because of the climate, many of the ingredients are the same. I am pleased that the chart is useful and so glad you like this recipe! Be sure to check out my other recipes. You may be familiar with some of them as I focus on Southeast Asian Cuisine, with a focus on Khmer Cambodian dishes. Thanks again!

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      I love summer rolls, especially Goi Khun (the vietnamese version) and I think the Cambodian type is rather similar. Thanks for the recipe....now I can make my own and save on trips to the Vietnamese restaurant. I especially like your chart--makes it easy to follow. Rated up.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      And I always appreciate your comments! Thanks again randomcreative!

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      You're welcome! I always enjoy reading your recipe hubs.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @randomcreative: You're welcome! Thank you for stopping by!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @homesteadbound: Sorry to make you hungry! I hope that you enjoy them when you make them! Be sure to come back and let me know what you think. Thanks for the comment and for bookmarking.

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      This sounds delicious! Thanks for the detailed instructions.

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

      Wow! I'm hungry now. Bookmarking this for the future. They sound wonderful. I may have to make a trip to the store just to make these, and I just got back! :)

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Movie Master: They are very delicious, healthy and easy to make! Try it out! Let me know what you think after you try this recipe. Thanks for the comment!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Haha! I do like fried food! There are so many different ingredients you can put into egg-rolls (known simply as Nam or Niam in Khmer) including herbs, meats, and vegetables. Everything tastes good fried! I will be adding more recipes for some time! Thanks again!

      JSMatthew~

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I've never made spring rolls and I love them, the recipe looks nice and straightforward so hopefully I can cope!

      They soound delicous.

      Many thanks.

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      Arlene V. Poma 6 years ago

      I agree! There is something about that crisp outer shell that gets you all the time! But I love the way you set up your recipes. Now, you have revealed to the masses that you, too, enjoy grease!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Arlene V. Poma: Don't let this healthy article fool you! I eat fried egg-rolls more than I eat Spring Rolls and I wear it too! I appreciate your comment, votes and bookmark! I always appreciate your insightful comments!

      JSMatthew~

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @kittythedreamer: I appreciate your comment! Thanks for reading!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Career-Guide: Your welcome! Thank you!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @rjsadowski: I really appreciate that! Thanks.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @RTalloni: I appreciate you stopping by!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Sueswan: Thanks for the comment!

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      Arlene V. Poma 6 years ago

      Yes, a much healthier Asian dish and certainly a break from the greasy lumpia which is a staple for all Filipino celebrations and gatherings! I'm still wearing that lumpia! An excellent example of recipe writing. Voted up, useful, interesting and AWESOME. Bookmarked for my Hub collection. Thanks!

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      Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from Summerland

      This recipe looks super yummy and fun to do. Voted up and useful.

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      Career-Guide 6 years ago from Mars

      Thanks Matthew!

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      rjsadowski 6 years ago

      What an interesting way to present a recipe. It appeals to my engineering background. Thank you for writing about a cuisine that we seldom see featured.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for sharing this recipe--it sounds really wonderful. The hub is thorough so I might be able to do it!

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Sounds delicious.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Career-Guide! I mostly post recipes inspired from Southeast Asia, with a focus on Traditional Cambodian Khmer Recipes and Cuisine. I invite you to check out my Series by following this link: https://hubpages.com/food/Simple-Authentic-Cambodi...

      You can start there to learn how to make spicy dipping sauces real quick and easy.

      You can also follow the links in the article to learn how to make other recipes using the same ingredients. I appreciate you stopping by!

      JSMatthew~

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      Career-Guide 6 years ago from Mars

      whatever! i have hard cooking skills... but i live alone from my family so please would you write on some easy and fast spicy cooking recipes

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