Vietnamese Baked Fish Salad Rolls – Goi Cuon Ca Nuong

With the new Asian/Korean market, Lotte Plaza Market, opened up in Orlando, I am motivated to document a pictorial recipe for my Vietnamese homestyle baked fish goi cuon. Goi cuon is goi cuon or more like “salad rolls” regardless whatever season rolls you call it in English.

Vietnamese baked fish coi cuon commonly uses red snapper, catfish, or striped bass. I was hoping to find a big red snapper but couldn’t find one. This striped bass will do just fine.

  • Prep time: 1 hour
  • Cook time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 striped bass (3.7 lb)
  • 1 Tbsp ginger powder or sliced ginger
  • 1/2 Tbsp five spice
  • 1 tsp salt (pink Himalayan)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 bunch scallion
  • 2+ shallots
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup scallion oil (1 cup chopped scallion + 1/3 cup olive oil)
  • vermicelli rice noodles
  • rice paper wrappers
  • seedless cucumbers cut into strips
  • sweet pineapple cut into strips
  • red or green leaf lettuce
  • mint leaves (rau thom)
  • fish mint leaves (rau dap ca)
  • Vietnamese coriander leaves (rau ram)
  • dipping sauces: Vietnamese sweet and sour fish sauce (nuoc mam chua ngot) or fermented anchovy fish sauce (mam nem pha san)

Directions:

1. Have the fishmonger scale and clean the fish at the market. Line a baking tray or drip pan big enough to fit the fish with aluminum foil. Rinse and strain the fish (striped bass). Rub the fish with five spice, salt, black pepper, and onion powder. Stuff the fish belly with scallion, sliced ginger, minced garlic, and sliced shallots. Marinate for at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Cover the tray with aluminum foil. Bake the fish for 30 minutes.

3. While baking the fish, make the scallion oil, cook the rice noodle, and prep the lettuce and herbs. I used sweet and sour fish sauce as the dipping sauce in this pictorial. Normally baked fish salad rolls are served with fermented anchovy fish sauce mixture but it’s not recommended for breast feeding mommies. I’ll document a recipe for the fermented anchovy (mam nem) sauce when I can eat it again.

4. Take out the cover and bake for another 10 minutes.

5. Then broil on high for about 5 to 7 minutes until the skin is crispy. Then brush the scallion oil on top. Set the table with all the ingredients. Happy rolling!

Ethan Gia Bao at 9 months with 3 teeth eating noodles by himself for the first time. =)

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