Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls

Summer is nearly coming to an end for all of us in the northern hemisphere. But if you are lucky enough to live in a climate where it is pretty much warm all the year around, like here in Dubai, then a few months more of delicious summer fare is still on the table.
 
 
When I think of food and summer, it involves a lot of colour, and these Vietnamese rice paper rolls are just that - summery and colourful. They are healthy, light (but addictive), and full of crunch. They look great on the table at a BBQ, or can be enjoyed with a salad for lunch.

 
Rice paper rolls are easy to find, either in your local supermarket or Asian food store. All you need then are everyday vegetables from your kitchen, some chopped peanuts and some frozen shrimp or prawns. Once you have chopped and prepared your ingredients, there is little else really to do. I suppose these are a cheats way of making rice paper rolls, as all I used for my dressing was a bottle of sweet chilli sauce, but I think you could add a little soy or fish sauce too. Regardless, the sweet chili sauce added just the right amount of sweetness and flavor.And if you are not a prawn fan, why not add a little shredded chicken or beef instead?


 
Serve with extra sweet chili sauce for dipping, and a few pairs of chop sticks. So versatile and so delicious!

 
Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls
 
Makes 10 rolls
 
Packet of rice paper roll sheets, to make 10
 
1/2 carrot, small
1/2 cucumber, small
1/4 red bell pepper, medium sized
1/4 green bell pepper, medium sized
3-4 spring onions/scallions
3 tblspns sweetcorn (frozen or canned)
Lettuce leaves, a handful
Cabbage leaves, a handful
Prawns or shrimp, a handful (fresh or frozen)
2 tblspns roughly chopped peanuts
Sweet chili sauce, bottle to taste
 
Prepare your sweetcorn - drain if using tinned, or lightly cook for a couple of minutes if using frozen. Chop your prawns/shrimp into small pieces, or leave as they are if using small prawns. Cook the prawns/shrimp for a couple of minutes, till cooked through and leave to cool. Now cut all of the remaining vegetables into long and thin strips. Heat some water in a pan, and pour into a heat proof bowl, large enough to soak your rice paper sheets. Keeping all your ingredients at hand, take a sheet of rice paper and soak in the warm water for 30 seconds or until soft. Place on a surface and add a little of each ingredient along the centre of the roll, adding the sweetcorn, prawns and peanuts last. Spoon a little sweet chili sauce over the filling. Fold the ends in, and carefully roll up the rice paper to enclose the filling. Repeat again with the other rice paper rolls and filling. Serve with sweet chili sauce for dipping.
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18 comments

  1. These look fabulous! I made some at a cooking class in Vietnam and they were amazing! I haven't made them since sadly!

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    1. Thank you :) wow a cooking class in Vietnam, what a great experience! I bet they tasted a lot more 'authentic' than mine!

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  2. These look tremendous! My husband and I walked by a Vietnamese restaurant the other night and he mentioned that he'd never had Vietnamese food. I'll have to make these and see how he likes them! Pinned!

    By the way. I found you via the Simply Create link party.

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    1. Thanks Alison! Vietnamese food is great, one of the best meals I ever had was at a Vietnamese restaurant! Thanks for pinning and stopping by and I hope you enjoy them soon :)

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  3. Those look so good!! A great idea for Meatless Monday's...minus the seafood! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Tamara, yes indeed they would be great as a veg only meal!

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  4. These look delicious, we love this kind of food. Pinning! Thank you for sharing at Tuesday Trivia.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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  5. These look so refreshing (and I would definitely eat these year-round :)! I love spring rolls but never make them at home. I might need to add these to next week's meal plan :)

    Amy | Club Narwhal

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    1. Thanks Amy, I'm sure they will make a great addition to your meal plans!

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  6. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
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    We hope to see you there!

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    1. Thanks! I would love to link up to your party :)

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  7. I need to make these asap! Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

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  8. I'm a sucker for rolls! Thanks so much for linking up at Wednesday Whatsits, you;re being featured!

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  9. Hope you don’t mind – I love your Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls so I added them to my food photo site (Food Foto Gallery) for all to see. Attribution was given to you and I hope that you gain a few new visitors, as well.

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  10. It's fabulous how the rolls have come out so translucent. Gorgeous and absolutely delicious:)

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