We were delighted to find Karma Waters in Hoi An and decided to sign up for their cooking class after a pholicious dining experience there. You could learn to cook 3 local dishes for the cooking class and the Vietnamese Pastry Spring Roll is worth a mention because it wasn’t easy to recreate when I return home.
Here are the ingredients you need that will serve 2-3 persons:
- 1 carrot
- 5 pieces of mushroom
- 2 pieces of jews ear
- 2 slices of deep fried tofu
- 1 bowl of bean sprouts
- Mixed spring roll flour – you can buy an instant packet, which contains rice starch and wheat flour.
- Turmeric powder
- Corn starch
Slice the carrot into thin strips. Chop the jews ears, straw mushrooms, and tofu into cubes.
Mix chopped ingredients into a big bowl.
In a bowl: Prepare 8 tablespoons of mixed spring roll flour. Then add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, followed by 1 glass or 325 ml of water. Let this mix stand for 10 -15 minutes.
Heat 2 tablespoon of cooking oil in frying pan, add pastry spring roll mixture and sprinkle bean sprouts.
Once it turns golden brown, you can flip the pancake/ pastry spring roll.
We fried about 4 pastry spring rolls between the two of us.
The pastry spring roll is best eaten with local Vietnamese salad – a unique combination of banana flowers, coriander, thai basil, cabbage, and mint.
How to eat Vietnamese Pastry Spring Roll: First dip spring roll skin into hot water, place it across plate. Grab a piece of pastry spring rolland spread on top as shown in picture.
Add some Vietnamese salad and roll it up.
Tada! This is how it will look, which you can dip in the spring roll sauce.
Our spread from the Karma Waters cooking class: Vietnamese Pastry Spring Roll, Pho Noodles, and Tofu and Mushroom Patties.
Review: I like that the cooking class was very informal and customized for us. However, it would be better if they have printed out the recipe so we could replicate when we return home.
Karma Waters, Hoian : 213 Nguyen Duy Hieu