Fresh Rolls

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My favourite thing to do is going to the market, walking around, seeing all the vendors, and stopping for some fresh rolls, maybe some tea as well! There’s a great vendor at the local market that makes great fresh rolls! But then, it dawned on me, why am I not making these at home?!

So I did! These are now a great weekend lunch or snack! They are also great to serve as appetizers at functions or parties! I’ve made some more traditional and some with more of my own flare thrown in there! I’ll show you both!
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First off you need some rice paper. I found these at a normal grocery store. They are round and usually come in two sizes depending on how big you want them. I got the smaller ones!
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Next you want some vermicilli noodles and to cook those according to package directions.
Then it really is just preparing whatever fillings you want!
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I think traditional, it’s vermicilli, carrot, cucumber, mint leaves and cooked shrimp, but I’m not really a mint or shrimp fan, so I like to put in red pepper and avocado as well!
I also like to fry up some broccoli slaw in the frying pan quickly with some sesame oil and minced garlic and fresh ginger for a different take on these rolls. I like to stuff those rolls with my crispy tofu and some avocado as well [I love me some avocado!].
Once you have your station ready [like pictured above], it’s time for the soaking of rice paper [currently being done in the green plate] and the building of the rolls!
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Once the rice paper is transparent and super slippery, very carefully lay it out on the table.
Fill with thinly sliced fillings of choice. Tuck the top and bottom in, fold over one side and roll like a burrito! It’s a bit finicky but I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it. If you want to slice in half, wait for the rice paper to dry a bit and become tacky.
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I like to serve mini with sweet chili sauce versus a peanut sauce, but i’m 100% sure pinterest is full of peanut sauce recipes you can make 🙂 .
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Yummmyyyy. Enjoy 🙂

FRESH ROLLS
RECIPE
Ingredients:
  • Rice Paper
  • Water
  • Thin vermicelli noodles
  • Carrot, julienned
  • Cucumber, julienned
  • Red Pepper, sliced thinly
  • Avocado, sliced thinly
  • Other options include:
    • Fresh mint leaves
    • Cooked shrimp
    • Tofu
    • Broccoli Slaw with garlic, ginger and fried in sesame oil
Directions:
  1. Prepare your ingredients: julienne (slice long and thin) all and any ingredients you want in your rolls.
  2. Cook anything you want cooked. [Broccoli slaw fried in sesame oil with some minced garlic and fresh ginger, or crispy tofu strips as per directions here!].
  3. Next you want to soak your rice paper according to package directions. Soak in water until completely transparent, handle very carefully.
  4. Lay out on table, arrange ingredients like you would for a burrito and fold/roll.
  5. To fold/roll, you tuck in the two short sides, fold over the top and roll down tightly. Do not cut in half until the rice paper is dry and tacky.
  6. Make as many or as little as you want and enjoy 🙂

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