Hey, I’m Debbie and I have a problem with craving summer rolls all the time.
I don’t know when exactly it happened but it was the first time I ever had a good vietnamese roll made from rice paper, filled with all things amazing. I mean, I liked spring rolls since a very long time (which is basically rice paper filled with veggies – fried. But then I met their bigger, healthier version (at least I think they’re healthy). Brace yourselves: You dip them in a hoisin-peanut butter sauce. And hey! They’re easy to make!
I’m not drooling, you’re drooling.
Behold the majesty of Vietnamese Summer Rolls:
I’ve made them plenty more times since these pictures, in which they look a bit crinkly tbh. And here you can see the peanut sauce is bought not made. However, there are just some things that are better acquired by professionals than trying it yourself. Though since then, I have learned how to make the peanut sauce myself too! 🙂
– Rice Paper
– Mihoen/Vermicelli thin rice noodles (I made these with rice)
– Soft lettuce (shredded or not)
– Cucumber (thin slices or julienne)
– Carrot (thin slices, julienne)
– Usually fresh coriander (you can leave it out)
In this recipe:
- Thai marinated chicken (I used these, so basically thai flavoured, with coconut very nice!)
- Sesame seeds
Here’s what you do:
Cut everything beforehand (all the veggies and mango in slices preferably), because the process with the rice paper will be fast.
I like to place everything on one board or on a plate/plates.
You also prepare the mihoen/vermicelli noodles. No need to cook them usually.
Boil water in a kettle, put noodles in a cooking pan (one you usually use to cook pasta), pour boiling water on them and let soak until soft. Taste them so they aren’t al dente. That’s weird in a summer roll, even though some like it.
Let’s get it on…
Next, put warm water in a bowl or pan in which the rice paper fits.
Prepare another big plate onto which you will put it to fill it.
Water doesn’t need to be boiling or too warm because then the rice paper just crinkles into itself.
We don’t want to hurt it. We want to make it feel all warm and cozy. 🙂
So you will basically take one rice paper, soak it in the warm water until it’s soft (Not too soft! Else it will tear. Just soft enough to fold. That’ll be in a few seconds (depending on how warm the water is, I usually take 10 sec). Best is to just try it out for yourself. If it fails, you can still eat it, just in bits – but that doesn’t matter.
Do the magic…
Fill it with everything you want (in the middle), keep the basics in I’d say or experiment around.
Then I usually fold up the bottom, then the top (I’m trying top and bottom to reach each other so they stick), then I fold one side into the middle and roll it onto the other side, making sure not to have the insides falling out. Then you should have your first summer roll! If my description is weird, you can watch a video on how to fold it. Like this one.
Good luck and bon appetit!