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Beef Bulgogi Spring Rolls

This beef bulgogi spring rolls recipe is fast and easy, as I used supermarket marinated beef bulgogi as a shortcut. I saw a good offer for Angus beef bulgogi beef at Don Don Donki and I bought two trays to make these Vietnamese fresh spring rolls (aka ‘summer rolls’), followed by Korean beef bulgogi kimbap. To make beef bulgogi spring rolls, I cook the beef in a pan, prepare assorted veggie fillings and wrap the spring rolls. The first two steps can be prepared the night before (as I did) to save time the next day. I also replaced the usual rice vermicelli in fresh spring rolls with shredded white cabbage for a lower-carb version. This recipe featured two ways of wrapping the fresh spring rolls. If you tried this recipe, you can head over to my beef bulgogi kimbap recipe to use up any leftovers the next day, and vice versa.

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Beef Bulgogi Spring Rolls Recipe
Of course, these beef bulgogi spring rolls were specially made for my home izakaya. I enjoyed them with Korean soju on the rocks :)

INGREDIENTS

Beef Bulgogi Spring Rolls Ingredients

These are the main ingredients for my beef bulgogi spring rolls.

(1) & (2): supermarket marinated beef bulgogi. Fry the beef in a pan with a bit of oil. Remember not to overcook the beef.

(3) – cooked beef, shredded cabbage (low carb replacement for rice vermicelli) and lots of fresh coriander (and a few basil & mint leaves).

(4) – shredded carrot & red cabbage, and tri-colour bell peppers.

(5): ready-to-use salad mix pack (pictured) or lettuce (romaine or coral lettuce).

(6) Vietnamese rice papers: I am using 22 cm (8.6 inch) sized rice papers.

MAKE THE DIPPING SAUCE

Beef Bulgogi Spring Rolls Dipping Sauce

I used store-bought ssamyang dipping sauce as the base sauce. I mix it with other sauces in my fridge so that it become a smooth paste – a bit of ponzu sauce + Japanese sesame goma salad dressing and sriracha chilli sauce (for extra heat). Serve with roasted sesame seeds.

HOW TO WRAP THE SPRING ROLLS (STEP-BY-STEP PHOTOS)

Beef Bulgogi Spring Rolls Recipe
I tried two types of wrapping for my fresh spring rolls. The first visual is the basic roll (pictured above, bottom plate), and the second visual is the spring roll where the main protein (beef) is shown on the top face of the spring roll. Before wrapping, soak each piece of rice paper in slightly warmed water for a few seconds, or until the rice paper starts to soften. Place the softened rice paper on a large plate or a wooden board and start wrapping.

Note: My workmanship is not very good due to my inexperience, hope you don’t mind seeing my imperfect step-by-steps photos.

(A) Basic Roll

Beef Bulgogi Spring Rolls (Basic Roll Wrapping Steps)

Arrange the salad mix (or lettuce) followed by the rest of the ingredients in the middle of the rice paper. Fold in the left and right sides of the rice paper, followed by the bottom side. Roll the wrap away from you, while keeping the fillings tight.

This is the final look of the basic roll:

Beef Bulgogi Spring Rolls (Basic Roll)

(B) “Aesthetic” Roll – aka Top of Spring Roll Showing the Main Protein (Beef)

Beef Bulgogi Spring Rolls (Aesthetic Roll Wrapping Steps)

Arrange the ingredients on the rice paper as shown in photo (2). The top beef layer will the top ‘face’ of the spring roll. Fold in the left and right sides of the rice paper, followed by the bottom side. Roll the wrap away from you, while keeping the fillings tight. When you reach the base of the beef, insert a decorative chive or spring onion & protrude it out a little (optional). Continue rolling the last portion of the spring roll. Flip the spring roll over to reveal the aesthetic side showing the beef.

This is the final look if the “aesthetic” roll:

Beef Bulgogi Spring Rolls (Aesthetic Roll)
Whichever method you choose to wrap your spring roll (why not try both?), they are fun to make and pretty to look at! Serve the spring rolls with dipping sauce at the side. 

4 comments on “Beef Bulgogi Spring Rolls”

  1. So colourful and yummy with beef! You did an excellent job with rolling and wrapping.

  2. Been wanting to make Vietnamese rolls for some time….but I’m looking to buy good quality rice paper (Rose brand? 3 ladies brand?) and still can’t decide which one is good. I had bad experience with poor quality rice paper before. After soaking in water, the rice wrapper tore easily and turns sticky when starting to wrap.

    So right now still waiting to make Vietnamese rolls…might have to be next year spring/summer cos now weather starting to turn cooler and colder….

    • I’m using the cheapest brand (Mekong) from Sheng Siong. A big bag for $2.20. A trick that worked for me is – warm water (maximum your hands can tolerate comfortably) & soak the rice papers for 7-10 seconds (just slightly softened but not too soft). See if this helps even though the rice paper is not branded. I’m budget conscious with it comes to grocery shopping, so I was happy that the cheap rice papers I found at SS work well for me!

  3. I also want to find cheap and good rice papers here lei but cannot find :( Those brands I quoted not because they are “branded” but they are most widely available here. And because they are not cheap, tt’s why hv been procrastinating I will remember your tips. Thanks :D

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