Monday, March 10, 2014

Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls (Bill Granger)

Summer came late and lasted later than usual this year. Nice that our Victoria Labor Day weekend including today is still warm and summery. For a nice warm like these, I wanted to serve something nice and refreshing for a picnic... Ideally, I wish to cook something stress-free with the least suffering from tears and sweats from cooking.

Ah! I see a light bulb on my head! I'm making light and refreshing Vietnamese rice paper rolls.

Good that these rice paper rolls are gluten free, low in fat and calories and very fresh and refreshing to eat. As I'm allergy to prawns, I have made a vegetarian version for me and also a vegetarian friend to enjoy.

Bright idea!??? Of course... Hope that I don't sound very ya-ya (meaning boastful in Hokkien) saying this... LOL! These rice paper rolls were gone very quickly... especially the ones with the fattest prawn!

Vietnamese rice paper rolls
Vietnamese rice paper rolls
The essential ingredients to make these paper rolls
I'm making the vegetarian and non-vegetarian ones.
... both with lots of GREENS!
Assemble and wrap... I think this YouTube video might help.
Vietnamese vegetarian rice paper rolls
These are the vegetarian ones...
Ingredients to make the sauce...
Instead of peanuts, I like mine made with roasted sesame seeds.
Vietnamese rice paper rolls dipping sauce
This is how I ate my vegetarian roll... Yum!
Thumbs up that mummy used giant prawns to make these rolls!!!

I'm using this recipe which is the simple and easy one from Bill Granger at Lifestyle Food or UK TV with hardly any cooking and preparation involved. All I need to do is to assemble everything.
(with my modification in blue)

100g rice vermicelli
8 cooked and shelled prawns
1 oak leaf lettuce, washed and dried
Asian basil
coriander leaf
(I replaced this with fresh chives)
1 small Lebanese cucumber halved lengthways, then thinly sliced on diagonal.
8 large round rice paper wrappers
Vietnamese dipping sauce, see below

Vietnamese dipping sauce
2 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tbsp soy sauce (I used the gluten free one)
crushed peanut to serve
(or roasted sesame seeds)

For the rice paper rolls:
Put the rice vermicelli in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Soak for 6-7 mins, then drain.

Soften one of the rice paper wrappers in a bowl of hot water. Remove and shake off any excess water. Top the wrapper with a little vermicelli, 1 cooked prawn, some cucumber, lettuce, basil and coriander (or chive) and roll up, tucking in the sides.

For the dipping sauce:

Put all the ingredients in a bowl and stir until combined. Top with the crushed peanuts or sesame seeds.

To serve, hold the rolls in (or without) a lettuce leaf and dip into the dipping sauce.

Note: I have made a vegetarian version with soy braised tofu. Cook 350g sliced firm tofu with 3 tbsp soya sauce in medium heat for 10-15 mins. Cool completely before using them to assemble into the vegetarian rolls.

Enjoy the last bit of Aussie summer and also these refreshing treats!

Happy Baking
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  1. Very healthy dish.. I always order this too when I dine at our regular Vietnamese restaurant near my mum's place.. Needless to mention, I always must have my beef noodles, hehe.. You boy is so cute and supportive, always gives mummy thumbs up, I like!

  2. I love love vietnamese spring rolls. The one I have was shared with by my viet colleague and it was really good. Will try yours some day.

  3. Yummy dish and I go with vegetarian one as I did not eat prawns

  4. I have been dying to make egg rolls, but haven't been able to find the paper... Maybe I'll have better luck with rice paper! What a great idea for a portable lunch!

  5. Zoe, I love these Vietnamese rice paper rolls! They are really delicious and I can never get enough of them. I actually have a packet of the rice paper but hee..hee...I still haven't summoned enough energy to use it yet :)

  6. Hi Zoe,
    It looks so refreshing and the sauce looks delicious too.
    Thumbs Up!!

  7. I really want those right now Zoe, they look so so nice....I too would go for the vegetarian version. Though I have seen this many a times, I'm yet to try it. Thanks for sharing this healthy snack.

  8. wooot!!!! i have bought a pack of rice paper (need to find it now) and haven't gone around looking for recipe yet... niccceeeee that you made this.... so good and healthy

  9. This Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls are so easy to make and yet it is healthy! Good to dine in at home than dine out now.

  10. Howdy Zoe! Thanks for the invitation. Your Vietnamese rolls look really good.
    Have a great week ahead dear.
    Blessings, Kristy

  11. One of my favorite snacks that I don't know how to make myself. Looks just amazing!

  12. Hi Zoe,
    Such delicious looking rice paper rolls! And I am looking at your big prawns with big round eyes! Haha! We love prawns in my house, and the ones with the prawns would be gone in a jiffy!

  13. Hi Zoe, I was looking at this beautiful recipe by Bill Granger yesterday. Still not sure which one to pick. In fact I love all of Bill Granger's recipes... hahaa... so greedy :D How I wish I'm not so busy so that I can post everyday :D

  14. Oh i love this Vietnamese spring rolls, light and yummy :)

  15. Here begins the spring soon.. Your recipe is very yummy!
    I've also used the sheets of rice ..a few recipes ago..
    See you soon!

  16. I never tried these rice paper rolls have seen them in one of the shops over here, maybe should give it tray, looks delicious !!

  17. Hi Zoe , what a gorgeous dish , I love this dish and now I have the recipe , thanks for sharing :)

  18. Super super yummy.......This is new for me.....but the clicks speaks about it beautifully......A big thumbs up for u for u for dis recipe :)

  19. Hi Zoe. This looks so refreshing and delicious! :D

  20. I love rice paper rolls and yours look delicious and so refreshing! The vegetarian ones sound fantastic and my husband would love the prawn ones too :)

  21. This dish is so healthy and low fat. Thanks for sharing :)