1. Add pork, onion, salt, and sugar to a small pot, and add enough water to cover about 2cm above the pork. Bring it to a boil on high heat, then lower the heat to medium and cook for about 25-30 minutes until the pork juices run clear when poked at the thickest part of the pork. After that, cover the pork in a bowl as it cools, so it doesn’t darken. Once cool, slice the pork as thinly as possible to make rolling easier later.
2. Remove the vein from the shrimp. Add the shrimp, salt, and enough water to barely cover them in a small pot. Boil on medium-high heat for about 1.5 – 2.5 minutes or until the shrimp is no longer translucent. Drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking process. Remove the shells and tails from the shrimp and cut them in half along the body.
3. Cook the rice noodles according to the package instructions.
4. Peanut dipping sauce: In a pan over medium heat, sauté garlic in oil until fragrant. Add hoisin sauce, peanut butter, and water, and mix thoroughly. Bring it to a boil, and then immediately turn off the heat and pour it into a dipping bowl. The sauce will slightly thicken as it cools. Finally, sprinkle ground roasted peanuts on each dipping bowl of sauce.
5. Prepare your vegetables by rinsing and drying them.
6. Add warm water to a plate and soak the rice paper sheet for about 5-10 seconds. Soak the rice paper just enough so that it is pliable and easy to handle. Lay the rice paper on a plate, add lettuce towards the bottom of the rice paper. Leave 2 to 4 cm of space on either side of the rice paper, layer with mint and chives. Add shrimp in the middle of the rice paper with the orange skin facing down, layer the sliced pork on top of the shrimp. Add the noodles across the vegetables, spread them evenly. Fold the left and right sides towards the middle so that it’s snug. Lay some chives lengthwise with one end poking out. Then fold the bottom up to cover the noodles. You want to keep the roll tight, so lightly squeeze it together as you roll. Continue rolling upwards to complete the spring roll.
7. This can serve up to 10 rolls. Enjoy your fresh Vietnamese spring rolls!
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