Thursday, 17 October 2013

Test Kitchen Thursday - Rice Paper Rolls

It's been a while since I've posted a recipe, so thought I'd kick start again.
With the recent hot spring weather, we've started having more fresh salad type meals. 

So this week we tried out rice paper rolls as  Little Man has never actually had these before. It was a little bit of a test to see if he'd eat them given he went through a fussy food stage. And typically, I like to have prawns in them.

Additional inspiration came from our friend - who's 70. He recently made them for the first time and loved them.  So I thought I make them to see if Little Man might just like them too.

For me there was one advantage with this meal and this was that  Little Man could participate in making them.

Now if you have older kids - it gets even better as  the kids could make their own. All that would be required would be having the ingredients cut up. This really is the most time consuming part of making this meal.

Rice paper sheets can be bought from the supermarket or local asian store.
The ones I use are from Vietnam.

If you have never ever used rice paper rolls before, the process is really simple. All you need to do, is to soak each rice sheet in warm water. It takes about 15 - 30 secs for the sheet to soften. Usually, I have a dry tea towel ready to soak up the excess water. 

And then it's just a matter of loading it up with yummy ingredients,  roll them up and serve. This is a bit of a laissez faire meal, quantities are up to you.

For our meal we had;

  • shredded lettuce
  • vermicelli noodles
  • julienned carrots
  • julienned cucumber
  • cooked peeled prawns

For a dipping sauce, we just used soy as we didn't have any sweet chilli sauce.

As to the test, Little Man was very happy to help make them. He helped place all the vegetables and happily indulged in these. As M loves them too, so it's going to be added to our regular family recipe for the summer. 

Do you make rice paper rolls? What are the favorite ingredients you use in them? Never had rice paper rolls - check them out and let me know what you think!