Sunday, February 17, 2013

Vietnamese Vegetarian Rice Paper Rolls with Peanut Sauce by Reva Garde

Good friend Reva Garde made these delicious rice paper rolls as starters for her husband's birthday party. They make great appetizers as they are light, crunchy and refreshing - plus they don't leave you feeling too heavy, so you can still do justice to the main course. :)

For the rolls, you need:

  • 1 packet rice-paper wrappers/rounds
  • 1 Chinese cabbage 
  • 1 small carrot, peeled, grated
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, cut into ribbons
  • Juice of I lime
  • Salt and sugar to taste
  • Basil for garnishing

In a large bowl ready the salad filling by mixing all the ingredients except the Chinese cabbage until well combined. Soak individual rice paper sheets in a large bowl of water until just soft. Pat dry on a clean towel or absorbent paper. Spread one leaf of the Chinese cabbage on the paper, arrange 2 tablespoons of the filling into the center of the rice paper sheet. Fold in the edges and then roll up firmly. The edges should seal neatly. Repeat soaking and filling each sheet one at a time for the remaining mixture.
For the peanut dipping sauce, you need:

  • 4 tsp smooth peanut butter
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp red chilli sauce

Mix the above ingredients in a bowl until well combined, add a little water to adjust the desired consistency. Serve with rolls.

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