July 16, 2018

Vietnamese summer rolls

Vietnamese summer rolls

It's been a while since Nicole and I did a cooking play date. We were finally able to find a time to cook together and we decided on making some Korean bibin bap.

It turned out great, except, we forgot to take pictures. We were so busy talking and having fun that it totally slipped our minds to take pictures. I promise to come back with the recipe and step by step picture.

But I do have some summer rolls to share with you. This is what you need to survive the hot summer -- with some crunch, fresh herbs and a tangy dip.

Your need a rice paper, some fresh vegetables, maybe some protein and some fresh herbs. The rolling is the key and once you do a couple the rest will get easy. The only trick is to do it quick, before the paper gets too sticky.

Here is how we did it.

(serves 4)

 6-8, 9" round rice papers
1 cucumber peeled and cut in long strips
1 pepper cut in thin, long strips
small bunch of lettuce leaves - separated
fresh basil leaves

For dipping sauce
1/2 lemon juice
dash of sesame oil
2 1/2 tbspoon soy sauce
1/4 tspoon sugar
some sesame seeds

Vietnamese summer rolls

Get all the ingredients for summer rolls chopped and ready. I kept it simple, but you could add some fish (shrimps are popular), or chicken or even tofu and make it a meal.

Mix the pepper and cucumber with some lemon juice, salt, sugar and pepper. Set it aside for 10 minutes.

Once you are ready to make the rolls, get a couple of pepper and a couple of cucumber sticks and put them inside a lettuce leaves. This way you won't be putting it all separately.

Now the rice paper has to be soaked in water to get the summer rolls ready. Some recipes I saw called for luke warm water. I just used room temperature and it worked nicely.

Once you are ready to assemble, take a big bowl of water and soak the rice paper in it for about 30 seconds.

Take the rice paper out and lay it on a board. Put 3-4 basil leaves in the middle of the paper. Then add the lettuce packet on top. and roll the paper from both sides to make a roll. Then cut in through the middle. Assemble them till they are all ready.

Vietnamese summer rolls
To serve, cut the rolls in diagonal to serve. Mix all the ingredients of the dipping sauce it's ready to serve.

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