I’m just gonna put it out there, rice paper rolls are so so much better than sushi! I have been a fan of rice paper rolls since mid high school and they are definitely one of my favourite lunch time meals. I love how sticky the rice paper gets and then the freshness of all the ingredients inside. You can fill them with just about anything, they are pretty healthy and once you get the knack of them, super easy to prepare! You also avoid the whole awkward seaweed in the teeth disaster!
As I make them so often I thought I would make a post about it! Like I said, you can fill them with anything you like / have in your fridge so they are perfect when you have lots of left overs. Peking duck, prawns, ham or just plain vego are all delicious!
The recipe below is a pretty standard filling that I will use and what we whipped up at home the other day when we had left over roast chicken.
Tip: If you can get a production line going when making these, it all comes together a lot quicker! And it’s fun to get everyone involved
- 15 Rice paper sheets (you can buy these at most supermarkets now)
- 1/2 roast chicken, shredded
- 1 avocado, halved and thinly sliced
- 3 shallots/spring onions, finely sliced
- 100g of rice noodles, cooked
- 1 cucumber, cut into thin strips
- 1 carrot, cut into strips (I personally use a peeler to get thin ribbons)
- A handful of mint or coriander leaves (or both!)
- 1/2 cup of sweet chilli sauce
- 1/4 cup of crushed peanuts, lightly toasted
- Prepare all the ingredients and organise them on some plates or a platter (as above)
- Place some warm water in a skillet on the lowest possible heat on a stove
- Place a sheet of rice paper in the warm water, press it down to ensure that it doesn’t curl up around the edges
- When the sheet is pliable, using an egg lifter, (or your fingers if the water is not too hot) remove the rice paper from the water and place on a plate or chopping board
- Place an amount of each of your prepared filling ingredients
- To roll, pull the edge closest to the filling over the pile of filling itself and roll once, then tuck the sides in and continue to roll until you have formed a complete roll (see image below)
- Place on your serving platter and continue until all the rice paper and/or ingredients have been used.
- To make the dipping sauce combine the ingredients.
- Place dipping sauce in a small bowl and serve with your yummy rice paper rolls.