Put the mushrooms
in a bowl, cover with water and soak for 20 minutes, then drain and thinly slice.
Soak the bean thread vermicelli in water for 20 minutes, then drain
and cut into 1 1/2-inch/4 cm lengths.
Place the sliced jicama in a muslin cloth and squeeze out its juice, then discard.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the mushrooms, vermicelli, jicama
, crabmeat, onion, sugar
, 2 teaspoons sea salt
, 2 teaspoons white pepper
, and fish sauce.
the mixture in the bowl for 10 minutes, or until your arms get tired.
Working with one rice paper at a time, submerge the rice paper
in a large pan of warm water, then transfer it to a chopping board or work surface.
Take 1 1/2 heaping tablespoons of the mixture and place it on the bottom edge of the rice paper. Fold the 2 adjacent sides, one on top of the other, into the center.
Roll the apex to form a nice firm roll, and secure with a dab
of beaten egg white. Repeat until you have filled all the rice papers.
Pour the oil into a wok
and heat to 350 degrees F/ 180 degrees C, or until a cube
of bread dropped into the oil browns in 15 seconds.
Fry the parcels in 3 batches for 6 minutes, or until lightly browned and crisp
Evenly distribute the rice vermicelli noodles
among 4 to 6 bowls, top with sliced herbs
, then cut the parcels into the bowls.
Pour 2 tablespoons nuoc cham
into each bowl and garnish
with fried shallots