Ever wondered how to make your own Vietnamese rice paper rolls? I wouldn't say mine would be the most authentic and 'visually appealing' method, but here is how I made my rice paper rolls. If you want or NEED a light meal that's healthy and low in fat (e.g. when I'm having too much fried or fatty foods for too many days), this would be the perfect meal to have. It's also great for when you have friends or family over at your place. Try to demonstrate the assembling process to them once or twice, and I'm sure your guests will have one of the most fun and interactive dinners! I would imagine this would be perfect for kids as well :p
Ingredients (serves 15 rolls)
- 250-300 g chicken tenderloins, sliced and cooked in boiling water
- 1 carrot, sliced into long thin strips (Julienne)
- 1 packet of beansprouts, washed and dried
- 1 oak leaf lettuce, washed and dried
- 6 spring onions (green part), washed and dried
- 1 packet of large round rice paper wrappers
- 2 tbs sugar
- 2 tbs fish sauce
- 2 tbs lime juice
- 3 small clove garlic, finely chopped
- 1 finely chopped red chilli
- 2 tbs water
1. While boiling the chicken tenderloin pieces, prepare all the ingredients. Slice carrots and spring onions evenly into the length of the rice paper rolls (3-4 inches). Roughly tear lettuce leaves into smaller pieces.
2. To make the dipping sauce, place all the ingredients in a bowl and stir until combined.
Assembling the rolls
1. Quickly soak one piece of rice paper in a pot of warm water (1:1 ratio of hot boiling water and room temperature water) for 2 to 3 seconds. Place it on a clean plate. Don't worry if it's slightly hard in the middle, it will continue to soften as you wrap the ingredients. The hotter the water is, the less time you need to soak the rice paper to soften it.
3. Fold both sides of the rice paper towards the centre.
4. Roll it down all the way , making sure that the fillings are tightly wrapped in the rice paper.
5. It's done! Repeat the process until your tummy feels satisfied :p
- You could use any other type of protein to substitute the chicken. Prawns, eggs, pork, beef, even tofu if you're vegan.
- You could add rice vermicelli in the fillings. I omitted this to have a lower carb rice paper roll. Which also means I can fit more vegetables into my rice paper rolls.
- You can use any of your favourite vegetable E.g. cucumbers, capsicum, etc. Use your creativity!
- Herbs add great flavour to the rice paper rolls. E.g. Coriander, mint, basil leaves. I omitted them purely because of cost.