COOKBOOKSRECIPES & BLOGPasta and Noodle RecipesAsian RecipesEast AsianSoutheast AsianWORK WITH MECOOKBOOKSRECIPES & BLOGPasta and Noodle RecipesAsian RecipesEast AsianSoutheast AsianWORK WITH MEWHAT ARE CHA GIO CHAY OR VIETNAMESE VEGETARIAN SPRING ROLLS?Cha Gio Chay are Vietnamese Fried Vegetarian Spring Rolls" /> COOKBOOKSRECIPES & BLOGPasta and Noodle RecipesAsian RecipesEast AsianSoutheast AsianWORK WITH MECOOKBOOKSRECIPES & BLOGPasta and Noodle RecipesAsian RecipesEast AsianSoutheast AsianWORK WITH MEWHAT ARE CHA GIO CHAY OR VIETNAMESE VEGETARIAN SPRING ROLLS?Cha Gio Chay are Vietnamese Fried Vegetarian Spring Rolls" />

Vegan spring rolls with shredded taro

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WHAT ARE phụ vương GIO CHAY OR VIETNAMESE VEGETARIAN SPRING ROLLS?

Cha Gio Chay are Vietnamese Fried Vegetarian Spring Rolls. ‘Chay’ in Vietnamese translates to lớn Vegetarian. Though of course this version is vegan và the rolls are filled with a phối of wood ear và fresh mushrooms, vermicelli noodles, tofu, and carrots before being rolled in flour spring rolls wrappers.

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This spring roll recipe is also of course vegan but chay directly translates to vegetarian in Vietnamese.

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For this recipe, you can cook these vegetarian spring rolls in 2 ways:

Deep fry the rolls in oil for the perfectly golden brown & crisp outside (my preferred way of cooking!)Bake the rolls in the oven for a lesser-oil alternative (still really crispy!)

THE INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED

For the filling:

Dried wood ear mushroomsDried mung bean vermicelli noodlesExtra firm tofu, mashedShiitake or other fresh mushrooms of choiceOil, for cookingOnion, dicedCarrot shreddedSalt, or lớn tasteSugarSoy sauceDark soy sauce, to lớn colour (optional)White pepperCorn starch
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THE FILLING

Wood Ear Fungus
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TO PREPARE THESE:

Simply rehydrate these by soaking them in boiling hot water for 10-15 minutes or until completely rehydrated & tripled in size. Once rehydrated, slice into thin strips.
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VERMICELLI NOODLES

I used mung bean vermicelli noodles for this recipe. You can also use rice vermicelli if you’d like but I find that starch-based noodles are a lot chewier.

TO PREPARE THE NOODLES

Pour in boiling hot water in a bowl with the dry noodles and leave the noodles to sit for 10-15 minutes or until chewy & cooked khổng lồ your liking.

Drain the noodles from the water and run through cold water lớn stop the cooking.

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Once they’re chewy lớn your liking, chop them up. I used a pair of scissors khổng lồ cut the noodles into 1″ long pieces.

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COOKING THE FILLING

Mash the tofu in a bowl then mix aside. You can press the tofu beforehand but it’s not necessary since the water will evaporate during cooking. Set aside.For the fresh mushrooms, mince or slice them into very small pieces.
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Heat a large pan or wok over medium high heat. Once hot, địa chỉ cửa hàng in the oil.Sauté the onion until translucent, around 1-2 minutes.
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Add in the carrot & cook for 1-2 minutes before adding in the crumbled tofu.Mash the tofu if there are some big chunks. Leave everything lớn cook for 3-4 minutes over medium heat. This will allow some water from the tofu to lớn evaporate.
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Season the filling with salt, sugar, soy sauce, dark soy sauce (if using) & pepper, to lớn taste. Phối everything together.
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Add in the cornstarch khổng lồ the mixture. Set well until the filling starts lớn thicken. The corn starch will help bind everything together and it’ll thicken from the moisture of the tofu and carrot.Taste the filling và feel free to season more, if needed.Turn off the heat và transfer to a bowl lớn cool before wrapping into rolls.

MAKING THE FILLING IN ADVANCE

You can also opt to prepare the filling in advance và just store it in the refrigerator until ready to lớn use. I made mine 2 days in advance.

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WRAPPERS

For the spring roll wrappers, make sure they have been thawed and are at room temperature. This way it will be easier khổng lồ separate them—they’ll be pliable và won’t break apart easily.

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WRAPPING THESE VIETNAMESE VEGETARIAN SPRING ROLLS

Before you start, prepare a bowl with water khổng lồ use khổng lồ seal the edges of the wrapper.Add around 2-3 tbsp of filling on a wrapper. This may depend on the side of your wrapper. Compress the filling và try khổng lồ squeeze out any air pockets.You can watch the đoạn clip below or see the photos above for a complete step-by-step on how khổng lồ wrap the spring rolls.
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Shape the filling và pack it as tight as you can lớn get rid of any air bubbles

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Fold the left & right sides towards the centre.

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Fold the roll towards the đứng top edge.

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Dab some water on the top edge to lớn help seal the roll

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And it’s done. There you have your vietnamese spring rolls or phụ thân gio that’s ready lớn be fried.

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Repeat these steps for the rest of the rolls!

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COOKING THE SPRING ROLLS

You can either bake or fry these. Though I really recommend deep frying these for the crispiest rolls!

BAKING THE ROLLS

To bake the spring rolls, preheat your oven or oven toaster khổng lồ 380F/200C.Place the rolls on a lined baking tray. I used parchment paper on mine. Brush some oil on both sides of the rolls.Leave to bake for 30-35 minutes or until lightly golden brown và crisp, flip halfway through cooking if needed. Note that these rolls won’t turn as evenly golden brown và crisp as those cooked in the oil but still crispy!

Important to lưu ý for frying:

Make sure the oil is very hot before you add in the rolls.Do not turn off the heat until you have removed al the cooked rolls from the oil.

FRYING THE ROLLS

Add enough oil khổng lồ submerge at least half of a spring roll.Once the oil has small bubbles & is very hot, lower the heat lớn medium high. Carefully địa chỉ in a few rolls (depending on the form size of your pan). The spring rolls should immediately sizzle.
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Leave the rolls lớn cook for around 3 minutes or until golden brown before flipping over khổng lồ brown the other side.
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Remove from the heat & place standing up on a strainer. Allow to cool và do not cover to lớn prevent the rolls from getting soggy.
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TO SERVE THE SPRING ROLLS OR cha GIO CHAY

Aside from the vegan ‘fish’ sauce for dipping, the rest are optional. Though I personally love lớn have them this way!

Fresh Lettuce for wrapping

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Rice Vermicelli

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The uncooked vermicelli is slightly translucent

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Cooking the rice vermicelli/noodles in a small pot of water.

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These will turn into a solid white colour. Drain the noodles and run them through cold water lớn cool before serving with the spring rolls.

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PREPARING THE REST OF THE INGREDIENTS

Fresh herbs: mint & cilantro + some homemade vegan ‘fish’ sauce for dipping

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Vietnamese Pickles or Đồ Chua–for that extra crunch and acidity!

Vietnamese Pickled Vegetables (Carrot + Daikon Radish) or bởi vì Chua

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To enjoy these Vietnamese Fried Vegetarian Spring Rolls (Cha Gio Chay)

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I personally love khổng lồ wrap these rolls in lettuce with fresh herbs, pickled vegetables, and noodles before dipping them into the sauce.

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Take a bite & enjoy the crunch, acidity, và freshness from the herbs và lettuce!

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Find the full recipe for these below.

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