Minty Vietnamese Summer Rolls

Vegan Chef Diary

Minty Vietnamese Summer Rolls

These minty Vietnamese summer rolls are perfect for alfresco feasting.

This is just the basic recipe, but you can really get creative with this dish. Some ideas of extra ingredients to play with are mango, peanuts, chives, spring onions, radishes and cabbage.

Makes 20 rolls

Prep time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

20 rice paper sheets (you can find these in larger supermarkets or Asian stores)

1 avocado, chopped into thin slices

1 small bunch of mint, leaves separated from stalk

1 small carrot grated

1 small onion chopped finely

1/2 cucumber chopped into thin strips

100g of green leaves (I normally use spinach) hard stalks removed

Dipping Sauce:

Soy sauce

Sesame seeds

A few drops of sesame seed oil

Optional finely chopped chilli or chilli flakes

Method

  1. Arrange all the ingredients so that they are easy to access. The rice paper rolls are very delicate and get sticky when drying. The quicker you make the rolls and the less you handle them, you lower the chances of them breaking up. Having said that, do not worry if the paper rips. Just try and minimize the damage, as they become much more solid after 15 minutes or so.
  2. Place one sheet of rice paper into a bowl of warm water. Leave for approximately 30 seconds or until the sheet becomes malleable.
  3. Take the rice paper out of the bowl and place on a clean plate. Add a small amount of each ingredient, making sure no hard bits are sticking out that could damage the paper.
  4. Now it is time to roll. Fold in 2 opposing sides of the rice paper as tightly as possible. Then take the third side and fold over, making sure it is tight and roll it over the fourth side to completely seal the summer roll.
  5. For the dipping sauce mix the ingredients in a small bowl.

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