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Three Friends Spring Onion Rolls (Tam Hữu)

22/12/2015 (Last Updated: 05/07/2019)

Vietnamese Three Friends Spring Onion Rolls are the cutest little morsels we’ve ever seen. Packed with pork, prawn, mint and coriander, they’re a colourful bite-sized taste of Vietnam. Irresistible with their oh-so-yum sweet and sour dipping sauce. And, they are a pinch to make.

Three Friends Spring Onion Rolls (Tam Huu) - The bite-size morsels are a PINCH to make. Quick, easy and delicious paperless spring rolls with Pork, Prawn and a whole lotta good taste. Vietnamese. | wandercooks.com

If you’ve been following our blog recently you’ve probably noticed that we’ve had spring rolls on the brain – first these Crispy Thai Spring Rolls, then these Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls.

But never, ever had we heard of paperless spring rolls.

Three Friends Spring Onion Rolls (Tam Huu) - The bite-size morsels are a PINCH to make. Quick, easy and delicious paperless spring rolls with Pork, Prawn and a whole lotta good taste. Vietnamese. | wandercooks.com

Since when were there THIS many variations of spring rolls?

And why weren’t we told about them sooner?

Three Friends Spring Onion Rolls (Tam Huu) - The bite-size morsels are a PINCH to make. Quick, easy and delicious paperless spring rolls with Pork, Prawn and a whole lotta good taste. Vietnamese. | wandercooks.com

These colourful little appetisers are a specialty of Tra Que Water Wheel, a cooking class and vegetable farm nestled in a charming vegetable village, just a short bike ride away from the city of Hoi An.

We’d been staying in a cosy little homestay around the corner, gradually going a little stir-crazy from being stuck inside for days on end. Our beachside getaway had turned into a sodden little rain fest.

Thanks, weatherman.

Three Friends Spring Onion Rolls (Tam Huu) - The bite-size morsels are a PINCH to make. Quick, easy and delicious paperless spring rolls with Pork, Prawn and a whole lotta good taste. Vietnamese. | wandercooks.com

I don’t know about you but when we’re feeling a little eye-twitchy, our go-to cure is to find the nearest available kitchen and get cookin’.

When Helen (our new friend and guide) at Tra Que told us what we’d be making that cold and rainy day, we had no idea exactly how they’d turn out.

Paperless spring rolls? Won’t they just fall apart? And how do the ‘Three Friends’ fit in?

Three Friends Spring Onion Rolls (Tam Huu) - The bite-size morsels are a PINCH to make. Quick, easy and delicious paperless spring rolls with Pork, Prawn and a whole lotta good taste. Vietnamese. | wandercooks.com

Well the ‘three friends’ in Three Friends Spring Onion Rolls are a match made in heaven: garlicky marinated pork strips, spicy turmeric prawns and fresh garden herbs.

Making them looks fiddly, but if I can master the technique then anyone can! 😉

  • Take up a softened spring onion leaf
  • Pinch some mint and coriander at the top
  • Add in a piece of pork and prawn
  • Wrap around with the rest of the onion leaf

Too easy! The end result looks so good you’d never think they’d be such a pinch to make.

Three Friends Spring Onion Rolls (Tam Huu) - The bite-size morsels are a PINCH to make. Quick, easy and delicious paperless spring rolls with Pork, Prawn and a whole lotta good taste. Vietnamese. | wandercooks.com

The final step was to garnish with pretty red peony flowers to give them a nice splash of colour. But we think a nice thin slice of chilli would do the job perfectly with an added spicy hit. Win win!

Three Friends Spring Onion Rolls (Tam Huu) - The bite-size morsels are a PINCH to make. Quick, easy and delicious paperless spring rolls with Pork, Prawn and a whole lotta good taste. Vietnamese. | wandercooks.com

So are you ready to embrace a paperless spring roll, or are you an addict for that crispy crunch? Who’ll win gold in your spring roll stakes?

Paperless Vietnamese Rolls (Three Friends Spring Onion Rolls - Tam Huu) - The bite-size morsels are a PINCH to make. Quick, easy and delicious paperless spring rolls with Pork, Prawn and a whole lotta good taste. Vietnamese. | wandercooks.com

Three Friends Spring Onion Rolls (Tam Huu) - The bite-size morsels are a PINCH to make. Quick, easy and delicious paperless spring rolls with Pork, Prawn and a whole lotta good taste. Vietnamese. | wandercooks.com

Three Friends Spring Onion Rolls (Tam Hữu)

Three Friends Spring Onion Rolls (Tam Huu) - These bite-size morsels are a PINCH to make. Quick, easy and delicious paperless spring rolls with Pork, Prawn and a whole lotta good taste.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Author: Wandercooks

Ingredients

  • 250 g pork sliced into thin 5 cm strips
  • 250 g shrimp washed and peeled (tails removed)
  • Spring onion roots removed but otherwise kept whole
  • Mint washed and drained
  • Coriander washed and drained
  • Peony flower garnish. Alt garnish: red chilli, sliced into julienne strips
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • Fish sauce
  • Vegetable oil

Pork Marinade

  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp shallots finely chopped
  • 2 tsp lemongrass finely chopped
  • 2 tsp garlic finely chopped

Prawn Marinade

  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp shallots finely chopped
  • 2 tsp lemongrass finely chopped

Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce

  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tsp birds eye chilli finely chopped

Instructions

  • Place the pork, fish sauce, sugar, curry powder, turmeric, shallots, lemongrass and garlic in a bowl. Stir well to coat evenly.
  • Place the prawns, fish sauce, sugar, curry powder, turmeric, shallots and lemongrass in a bowl. Stir well to coat evenly.
  • Allow the pork and prawns to marinate for at least 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil with 1 tbsp salt. Blanch the spring onion in the boiling water for a minute or so until the leaves have turned bright green and have softened. Don’t overcook.
  • Heat the oil in a pan over medium high heat. Add the marinated pork and stir fry for around 2 minutes. Add the marinated shrimp and continue to stir fry for a few more minutes until cooked through.
  • Add 1 tsp pepper and stir through before turning off the burner.

To Assemble the Spring Onion Rolls:

  • Peel off one spring onion leaf and grasp at the white end. Place mint and coriander near the top of the leaf. Add a piece of pork, one shrimp and the peony flower or slice of chilli, then wrap up using the rest of the spring onion leaf. Tuck the last section of the spring onion leaf under a previous fold, just like a bandage.
  • Place all ingredients for the dipping sauce in a small bowl.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Tips

  • For a nice presentation, place one mint sprig facing up and the other facing down when you assemble your Spring Onion Rolls.
Adapted from Tra Que Water Wheel
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Three Friends Spring Onion Rolls (Tam Huu) - The bite-size morsels are a PINCH to make. Quick, easy and delicious paperless spring rolls with Pork, Prawn and a whole lotta good taste. Vietnamese. | wandercooks.com

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Jasmine
    21/04/2016 at 1:42 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I love the idea using chilli instead of peony flower. I’m gonna try it someday :3 I wonder is there anything could replace spring onion leaf because the kids may not like them.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      22/04/2016 at 9:50 am

      Thanks for the feedback Jasmine! As for a spring onion replacement, perhaps the kids could put their’s in small lettuce cups – which would be easier for them to wrap and eat!

  • Reply
    nicole (thespicetrain.com)
    01/01/2016 at 5:15 am

    These are so cute! What a great idea! 🙂

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      01/01/2016 at 2:20 pm

      Thanks Nicole – yes, so unique! A lot easier to wrap than rice paper too haha

  • Reply
    David @ I Ate The Whole Thing
    31/12/2015 at 3:32 pm

    I saw this on Tasteologies and was so enchanted and amused by their appearance. Such a clever idea to do a wrapper-less spring roll and use a blanched green onion to bind it all. I have been craving spring rolls lately and have rice wrappers in the pantry calling my name, but they might have to wait a little while longer; I might be making these very soon. Any time mint, cilantro/coriander, and any meat come together I am so there. Great recipe!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      31/12/2015 at 9:20 pm

      Ohh yes, us too. Can’t get enough of spring rolls no matter what form they take! These ones are such a quirky little snack – will definitely make an excellent New Year’s Day recovery bite haha 😉

      • Reply
        Anh Kim Tran
        05/03/2019 at 3:34 am

        In hai Phong city, you can get these. But it has pork belly, shrimp, egg, fried tofu, lettuce, mint, other herbs, rice noodles all binded with a spring onion strand. It sound like a lot is in it and it sound like it’s a full size spring roll. But somehow they make it into a sushi size …a perfect mouthful of deliciousness.

        • Reply
          Wandercooks
          07/03/2019 at 2:23 pm

          Oh wow that sounds incredible, we have to try that sometime! Hai Phong looks like such a beautiful place too. We miss being in Vietnam so much. Thanks for stopping by! ☺️

  • Reply
    Diana
    23/12/2015 at 5:22 pm

    Paperless spring rolls? interesting! and the pictures are gorgeous!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      23/12/2015 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks Diana, yeah who knew? They’re even less fiddly than normal spring rolls which is a real win in our books. 🙂

  • Reply
    Tash
    23/12/2015 at 6:08 am

    These are SO beautiful! I would alllmost feel bad eating them 😉 Thanks for sharing such a gorgeous recipe!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      23/12/2015 at 7:45 pm

      Our pleasure! 🙂 Unfortunately these pretty little things didn’t last long on our table haha.

  • Reply
    Megan Stevens
    23/12/2015 at 4:09 am

    This is so pretty and scrumptious!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      23/12/2015 at 7:44 pm

      Agreed! 😀

  • Reply
    Andrea Fabry
    23/12/2015 at 3:39 am

    I’ve not tried anything like this before! I’m inspired. Thank you so much for such detail in your instructions!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      23/12/2015 at 7:43 pm

      Thanks Andrea, definitely give them a go and let us know what you think!

  • Reply
    Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    23/12/2015 at 3:02 am

    Wow those are beautiful! Always love your photos. Love seeing your adventures there.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      23/12/2015 at 7:42 pm

      Thanks Emily. Definitely recommend this side of the world for a holiday. It’s a culinary journey beyond belief! One of our favourites that’s for sure. 🙂

  • Reply
    Karen
    23/12/2015 at 2:01 am

    YUMMMM! Love the combo of pork and shrimp! So pretty too!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      23/12/2015 at 2:05 am

      They go so well together, especially with the spices and herbs!

  • Reply
    linda spiker
    23/12/2015 at 1:46 am

    Oh wow! Amazing. Pinning and sharing. Love!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      23/12/2015 at 2:04 am

      Thanks Linda! Glad you love it. Happy pinning (and cooking) 🙂

  • Reply
    Susie
    23/12/2015 at 12:46 am

    These look delicious and so simple to make! Definitely adding to my “to-try” list.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      23/12/2015 at 12:50 am

      That’s great Susie, hope you enjoy!

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