Try Vietnamese Spring Rolls this Holiday Season

As the holidays approach, the Diversity Committee would like you to try Vietnamese Spring Rolls (Guo Cuon). This delicious and healthy appetizer, everyone is sure to enjoy!

Vietnamese Spring Roll

Vietnamese Spring Roll

1 package clear edible rice paper sheet
1/2 lb. cooked chicken
1/2 lb. cooked small shrimp (peeled, deveined, halved)
1 bunch fresh cilantro leaves
1 bunch fresh mint leaves
1 head leafy Lettuce, washed and separated into leaves
cucumber, peeled and cut into very thin strips
1 cup fresh bean sprout
1 package vermicelli rice noodles, prepared according to package directions
hoisin sauce, to taste
chopped peanuts
nuoc mam, vietnamese spicy fish sauce
Have all meats precooked and cold and the rice noodles prepared already (the noodles should be white, long and at room temp).
Make sure all veggies and herbs are cleaned, dried, and set out before you start.
Dip a sheet of rice paper wrapper into water very quickly, no longer than a second or two (or they will get too soggy) and lay flat on a work surface.
On one edge, lay a small handful of noodles, a few strips of meat, some shrimp, some cilantro and mint leaves, a lettuce leaf, some cucumber strips and bean sprouts, all to taste but don’t overstuff.
Carefully start to roll up eggroll style, tucking in the sides, and then continue to roll up-but not too tightly or the spring roll will split.
Combine a few spoonfuls of hoisin sauce with some chopped peanuts to use as a dipping sauce (or serve with prepared spicy fish sauce dip called Nuoc Mam, available at Asian markets).
Serve immediately- these do not keep for too long and will harden up in the fridge, so it is best to make just as many as you plan to serve (store any extra unassembled fillings in fridge and roll later).

A Focus on Diversity at CPCC: Vietnam

Did you know CPCC has students from all over the world?  In celebration of this, the Diversity Committee will highlight the top 10 countries that represent our International Students.


Vietnam is bordered on the north by China and to the west by Laos and Cambodia. To the east is the South China Sea (called “Eastern Sea” by the Vietnamese). The country’s shape is often compared to an elongated and stretches the length of the Indochinese Peninsula. In the central Vietnampart of the country Vietnam is only 25 miles across.

Capital: Hanoi    Population: 87,800,000 

Some fun and interesting facts:

  • Approximately 40% of all Vietnamese, or more than 30 million people, share the same family name, Nguyen.
  • There are an estimated 18 million motor bikes on Vietnamese roads.
  • Vietnam is the largest exporter of cashews in the world, as well as the second largest exporter of rice and coffee.
  • Most government school facilities cannot accommodate all of the children at once, so they run two sessions – morning and afternoon. The school week runs from Monday to Saturday.
  • At schools, children are not called by bells instead they are called by gongs.
  • Vietnamese language uses the script that has 29 characters; most of them are identical to those used in English.
  • Potbelly pigs are used as pets in Vietnam.
  • Tet is Christmas, New Year and birthdays all rolled into one. Tet Nguyen Dan (Festival of the First Day) ushers in the Lunar New Year and is the most significant date in the Vietnamese calendar.
  • Vietnam has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the Third World.
  • Lizard fishing is one of the most popular pass-times in Vietnam.