Spring Roll Bites – “Tapas” for All

Fresh Sring Roll Bites and Recipes from White On Rice Couple

Perhaps it’s by birth that I’m so addicted to fresh spring rolls. I can’t negate the fact that I was bred on a diet of rice and noodle dishes, so anything with Vietnamese or Asian flavors always sounds appealing. But if I could name one Vietnamese dish that I have at least three or four times a week, spring rolls are the front and center.

My love for spring rolls goes beyond the traditional pork & shrimp rolls that you would find on most Vietnamese restaurant menus. I call those rolls the traditional rolls and also, the default rolls. Those are the rolls that most Viet restaurant cooks will offer, assuming that is the only way consumers are comfortable eating spring rolls. Well, if you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you’ll know that I love going beyond tradition and making my own versions with different fillings from leftovers.

Fresh Sring Roll Bites and Recipes from White On Rice Couple

I’ve been known to break many traditional Vietnamese food rules and make a bacon, lettuce and tomato spring roll. I wrote about it previously and publicly apologized to my Mom. Sorry, Mom!

Now guess what? I’m back again to stir up some more trouble and tell you to forget the rolls and serve them up as little mini bites! like Sushi cut rolls! Oy, I can hear my mom rolling her eyes again and wondering how she raised a daughter to be so rebellious in the kitchen. Again, sorry Mom!

So here I go with some bits of party planning wisdom with spring rolls in mind. Yes, Todd and I have had many, many spring roll feasts in our garden and back yard where everyone gets to roll their own rolls. For these dinners, those spring rolls are the main entree. But what if you want to serve them up as appetizers instead?

Fresh Sring Roll Bites and Recipes from White On Rice Couple

Well, let’s take the spring roll to the next level and cut them into bite sized pieces as appetizers, or “tapas” style of eating spring rolls. Serving the rolls this way is so fun and allows you to make different types of rolls for a beautiful party platter. It’s one of those dishes that will make everyone drool over because they’re so cute. And it’s also the type of dish that can easily serve different types of eaters, from vegetarian, to vegan, to gluten free and so forth.

You can decide what fillings you want to add, roll them up and cut them into bite sized pieces for everyone to enjoy. In fact, rolling out ten rolls and cutting them into five pieces each makes a platter of fifty little bites. That’s enough for everyone to have two or three, then move on to the next dish.

Fresh Sring Roll Bites and Recipes from White On Rice Couple

Here’s a Few of our Favorite Spring Roll Ingredients and Tools:

It can sometimes be hard to find good spring roll ingredients and tools. Here’s some of the favorites:

Three Ladies Rice Paper Wrappers – Love these wrappers. Easy to work with. Consistently one of the best wrappers we’ve found.
Rice Paper Wrapper Water Bowl – The perfect bowl for dipping the rice paper at the table. These have been life changers when it comes to our spring roll parties. Easy for everyone to dip and takes up so much less table space. 
OXO Julienne Tool – This little tool makes julienning the carrots and other ingredients a breeze. 

Flying Lion Fish Sauce – This has been our house fish sauce for decades. Great stuff! We’ll use it to make our dipping sauces as well as marinades.
Red Boat Fish Sauce – 100% all natural first press extra virgin Vietnamese fish sauce. A solid craft fish sauce producer.
Koon Chun Hoisin Sauce – Our house favorite hoisin sauce. Great flavor. We use it to make a dipping sauce for spring rolls.

For your next gathering, potluck or Summer bbq, whip up a platter of these and you’ll be the talk of the party. Here are some spring roll recipes and ideas that I’ve previously shared along with some great ones from other spring roll lovers:

Happy Bites to you!


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  1. Jen

    How long will Spring Rolls keep? If I make them the night before will they harden up by the next day for lunch? Thanks! Love your site.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Usually we like to make them the same day. They will harden up a bit or even go the other way and absorb too much water and split apart. If making them in the am, we’ll try to have everything prepped the night before, and then just quickly roll them up in the morning to take for lunch. Then we’ll individually roll each spring roll in plastic wrap to keep it fresh and so they don’t stick together. Thanks!

  2. honeydijonay

    Finally! Something other than traditional Thai rolls with peanut sauce. Thank you so much. I knew it could be done but my inspiration juices just would not flow.

  3. rooney

    I just discovered this site. Beautiful writing and photography. How about sharing your parents’ recipe for lemongrass beef?

  4. sara

    love the idea as I often don’t make these for dinner parties cause they take a while – i “overdosed” by rolling 100 for my husband’s birthday & am reticent to do the same again. so cutting them is a great idea– any tips in order to get the perfect cut? wetting the knife? do tell, i am entertaining tomorrow…

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Just a nice sharp knife using a smooth stroke. Try to visualize good sushi chefs cutting a large piece of tuna. Same thing. Good luck!

  5. Chris

    Wow!! Those spring rolls look amazing. The vibrance in the colours makes them even more appealing!!! 🙂

  6. Kristie V

    BLT spring rolls sound awesome! Thanks for permission to break the rules!

  7. Cookin Canuck

    Your mum may be rolling her eyes at your rebelliousness, but I don’t see how she could resist falling in love with these little bites. What a great idea for summertime tapas.

  8. Kathy

    These photographs literally make my mouth water!! Making the BLT ones for the 4th of July party!! Thanks!

  9. Kevin @ Closet Cooking

    Those spring rolls look so nice and fresh, healthy and tasty!

  10. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

    These look amazing!!

  11. Tieghan

    These are gorgeous. I love spring rolls and all their colors. The flavors in these are some of my favorites. YUM!

  12. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    They are so beautiful! The lighting is just glorious! And the pop of green is so eye-catching!

  13. Row

    This is so awesome! I love spring rolls and the idea of mini-bites is even better. Thanks for the filling ideas! 🙂

  14. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan

    I have so many spring roll wrappers to use, these would be perfect!

  15. Ev

    Now that is what I call a delicious looking meal. Awsome

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