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Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls (or you can call them a salad in a roll!)

...is one of the fun-est (is that a word!), communal, tasty and healthy snacks you can make!


You can put anything you like in them as long as its chopped up long and thinly - so you can add prawns, ham, duck, chicken, pork marinated in anything you like with with any vegetables you like; baby gem lettuce, carrots, peppers, cucumber, courgettes, mange tout....and you can add strips of cooled scrambled egg.


In Vietnam rice paper rolls are made in groups - get all your ingredients together and bowls of warm water ready and make together your own rice paper roll. A perfect bank holiday activity and treat! Its gluten free too!






Hello and Welcome to Spring


A time of picnics and outdoor eating and aren't these just perfect for both! If you wish to transport these rolls keep them in the fridge in an airtight container before going and then keep in a cool bag. They are best wrapped in clingfilm as it doesn't stick to the rolls.



Ingredients:


Makes 9 rolls


1 carrot (peeled)

1/4 cucumber

1 layer of rice noodles

1/5 shredded lettuce

Pieces of mint (stalks taken off)

Coriander – few sprigs

Rice paper – 9 pieces

King prawns – 250g packet (3 prawns per roll)

2 Cooked chicken breasts – cut in small pieces (chicken cook in salt, pepper and lemon juice)


You can add anything into rice paper rolls (apart from any soggy food like tomatoes). To spice them up a bit eat them with a sweet chilli dipping sauce, or soy sauce or a satay sauce consisting of; 2 tbsp of hoisin sauce, 1 tbsp peanut butter, juice 1/2 lemon and 2-3 tbsp water.

Method


1. Soak the rice noodles in boiled water for 10 mins (until soft) – then put in cold water to stop them cooking

2. Grate the carrot

3. Cut the cucumber into very thin strips

4. Shred (or tear in strips) the lettuce

5. Prepare the herbs – take off the mint stalks

6. Put a sheet of rice paper in a bowl of luke-warm water - just gently move in a circular motion until soft (one paper at a time) – then transfer to a plate

7. Lay the rice paper roll on a plate and fill with the ingredients by putting in the middle in a line the meat/fish option such as 3 prawns or some pieces of chicken. When its wrapped up you will see this part first.

8. Do not overfill - add the vegetables, herbs & rice noodles on top of the meat/fish.

9. Bring the two ends of the rice paper over the filling, then roll up the sides to create a tight parcel

8. Enjoy as they are or with any of the sauce options!



Other tasty filling combinations:


Barbecued pork with cucumber, basil and mint

Barbecued chicken with Chinese cabbage, bean sprouts, mint and coriander

Roast beef with cucumber and mint

Shredded chicken with mint and basil

Prawn, carrot, pea sprouts and mint

Roast duck, cucumber & thin pieces of orange

 



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