Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls – Alfresco Friday

Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls – Alfresco Friday

Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls are this weeks Alfresco Friday dish because they are the perfect starter for a summer picnic on the beach or a BBQ with friends. They are so much healthier than a cheese or antipasto platter and perfectly suited to the season.

Chicken & Prawn Vietmanese Rice Paper Rolls Rice Paper Rolls

Having said all those wonderful things about this dish I try NEVER to make them! I struggle so badly rolling them, the rice paper splits, they are all different sizes and they just look wonky. It is a train wreck!So the other day when I was watching my friend Miss Rachy cooking Rice Paper Rolls I was in awe. She was a rice paper rolling machine!  Miss Rach made it look so easy! So I decided to get her to make them a second time for all my lovely readers.  For Alfresco Friday I will be taking you step by step through Miss Rach’s Rice Paper Roll recipe and technique.

Rice Paper Rolls

Chicken Rice Paper Rolls

Ingredients:

1 cup shredded poached chicken breast (prawns can be substituted)

1/8 Chinese cabbage (wombok), finely shredded

1/2 cup beansprouts, trimmed

1 small red capsicum, thinly sliced

1/3 cup fresh mint leaves

1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves

3/4 pkt vermicelli noodles

1 lime, juiced

1 tablespoon fish sauce

2 cloves garlic minced

1 finely chopped chilli

12 x 22cm rice paper rounds

sweet chilli sauce, to serve

Method:

Usually I chop everything in OCD matchsticks and lay out the ingredients separately. To fill the rolls I select veges from each pile and attempt to roll, trying not to poke holes with the carrots. WRONG

I watched and learned.

Vermicelli

Softening Vermicelli

Soak the vermicelli in boiling water per the manufacturers directions.

Shredded Salad Veges for Vietnamese

Shredded Salad Veges for Vietnamese Rolls

Shredded all the ingredients finely and combine the vegetables, mint, coriander, chilli, garlic, fish sauce, lime juice and vermicelli in a large bowl. Ensure all the ingredients are well combined.

Prepared prawn & chicken

Prepared prawn & chicken

Shred the meat and keep aside in a separate bowl.

Wet a clean tea towel  and lay on the bench. Put water in a baking tray for soaking the rice paper rolls.

Rolling Rice Paper Rolls

Step 1 Rolling Rice Paper Rolls

Place the first rice paper roll in the water until it has softened. Once softened lay the rice paper round on the wet towel and place a fist full of the vegetable mixture on one end.

Lay slices of the chicken on top of the veges and add an extra mint leaf if desired. Roll away!

Rolling Rice Paper Rolls

Step 2 Rolling Rice Paper Rolls

Serve with sweet chili sauce.

The big difference between my technique and Miss Rachys was that everything was chopped finer and combined ahead of placing in a mound on the rice papers.

Chicken Rice Paper Rolls

Chicken Rice Paper Rolls

Give it a go for me and let me know what you think.

Chicken Rice Paper Rolls

Chicken & Prawn Rice Paper Rolls

So what are my readers up to this weekend? Do you have a special dish you usually bring to BBQ’s and picnics or do you vary it each time?

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Comments

  1. I so can’t cook. Lucky I’m friends with you or I’d eat rice bubbles for dinner Sunday nights. These were delicious! And I’m glad you made chicken ones for my fish free diet.

  2. I love these rice paper rolls. I had some recently at a dinner the War Memorial in Canberra and I said that night I was going to go home and make them. I haven’t done it yet but with these directions, how could I go wrong?

  3. You did a great job with rolling them! When I’ve been taught some say to just dip it in the water and just wait for it. Having said that, I think your method looks really effective too! 🙂

  4. I love rice paper rolls but I will agree with you – they’re not easy! I too have always made them by cutting everything into matchsticks and it just seems the process takes an incredibly long period of time and then there’s the assembly! I think the method you have shown today has simplified things a lot. Now to getting mine to be of uniform size! xx

  5. These look fantastic! I LOVE these rice paper rolls, but I’ve still never made them at home…definitely have to make that happen! 🙂

  6. Ohhh I’ve missed quite a few of your posts Julie 🙁 I’m so sorry about that!

    These Vietnamese rice paper rolls looks super delicious ~ I’ve made them before and loved it hehe just don’t like the cutting and washing up much! xox

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