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Un-Vietnamese Spring Rolls {Perth Food Photography}

Originally, I called these “un-vietnamese” because I thought I had added non-traditional ingredients but a friend of mine assured me that you could put whatever you wanted into these spring rolls! From a quick google search, it looks like usually there’s lettuce and shrimp in them but here’s how we do it at home. It’s a little labour intensive to make these fresh packages of healthy joy but totally worth it!

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Here’s the recipe (click to see it bigger):

Vietnamese Spring Roll Recipe

Our challenge this month was to photograph a dish with herbs, so I chose one of the few things I can make from memory that includes two herbs: mint and coriander! My mother is obsessed with coriander so she was pretty happy when I suggested that we eat Vietnamese Spring rolls for lunch and bought several meal’s worth of coriander. I have to admit, she helped me prep the chicken, carrot and cucumber but then had to run some errands and I made the rolls so her lunch was ready by the time she arrived home :)

I decided to show a little respect for the herbs and pulled out my macro lens to capture some of the glorious fresh greenery, close up.



When putting it all together, it’s handy to have everything at arm’s reach!

Vietnamese Spring Rolls: Putting it all together

Need help knowing how to roll them up? I found a great post about how to roll at White on Rice that has photos of each step!

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Be sure to check out the extremely talented Jayme Franklin | San Francisco Food Photographer, next in our “Inspired Plate” food circle to see how she used herbs this month! As usual, I strongly advise you to follow the circle around ;)

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  • May 28, 2013 - 9:26 pm

    Allison Jacobs - Your composition is just flawless! Love those beautiful close ups of the herbs too!!

  • May 29, 2013 - 8:08 am

    Sab - Thank you so much Allison :)

  • May 29, 2013 - 9:28 am

    Kim - Liv Life - Oh, Sab!!! I adore those macro shots. Macro is my favorite type of shot and yours are simply stunning!

    My neighbor makes spring rolls like these, and while I’ve never made them myself, I take great joy in eating them. Coriander, or Cilantro as I call it, is also one of our favorite herbs and the same one I used this month!

    I agree, maybe the extra element is too much for everyone? We’ll have to see what everyone says. Thanks for participating with me!! Wondering how your weather is? We are heading into summer and I’m SO happy!!

  • May 30, 2013 - 11:21 am

    Jayme F - Your storytelling and the way you pull all of the pieces together are just amazing. Gonna have to try and give these a go sometime. We love mint and coriander!

  • June 1, 2013 - 10:17 am

    Tammy Bilodeau - Sabrina you’ve put together a lovely display. Love the clean and messy elements and agree with Kim on the macros! Beautiful and sound delish

  • June 1, 2013 - 10:26 pm

    Martine @ Chompchomp - I love how your recipe post photos manage to tell a story while still being creative and pretty. Such talent!

  • June 3, 2013 - 9:54 am

    Sab - Thanks Martine! Storytelling is something I’ve been interested in learning about lately, glad it’s coming through in my photos :)

  • June 3, 2013 - 9:56 am

    Sab - Thank you Kim! I’m still learning the intricacies of macro, it’s so interesting how a few centimetres forward or back really makes such a huge difference!

    My weather is cold with occasional rain hehe we are in the depths of winter here (but it never gets cold enough to snow in Perth, just mildly cold and rainy)

    Jealous of your summer on the other side of the globe! :)

  • June 3, 2013 - 9:58 am

    Sab - Jayme – They are pretty tasty, probably would be a fun activity to do with the kids! :) Thank you so much for dropping by!

  • June 3, 2013 - 9:59 am

    Sab - Tammy – Thank you! I think messy comes pretty natural to me in the kitchen, I always have a huge cleanup job at the end of my shoots ;)

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