Sunday, March 20, 2011

How To; Rice Paper Rolls

Right now, rice paper rolls are my favourite food, but this was only the second time I'd made them. I didn't use a recipe but rather copied exactly what's in the ones I buy from my favourite take out supplier, and guessed the sauce. Of course, you could use any ingredients you like, but this works well as a vegetarian version.


Cook some rice/vermicelli noodles as per packet instructions.

Prepare your filling ingredients
(for me - cucumber, ice berg lettuce, carrot and mint (not shown)

Slice some tofu into strips and shallow fry until golden
(I use olive oil with a dash of peanut oil - do not over cook or you will have rice paper rolls with rubber).

Open a packet of rice paper wrappers.

Dip rice paper wrapper into bowl of warm water. Lay on a flat plate.

Lay 3-4 mint leaves on the centre of the wrapper.

Top with prepared noodles.

Place suitably cut vegetable ingredients on bed of noodles.

Lay strip of tofu on top.

By the time this is done, the rice paper wrapper will be pliable. Roll with care as you would a tortilla - i will stick to itself when you fold the ends.

Repeat until you have a full plate!


Roughly chop some roasted, unsalted peanuts.

Mix through equal parts hoi sin and sweet chilli suace (or anything you can think of that would be better/more to your taste).

Voila, too easy hey? Saves me $6 every time.


Get back in the kitchen and coook up lamb back strap & potatoes so your rice-paper-roll-hating boyfriend also has dinner that night.

Stay well,
Nat x


  1. I loooove rice paper rolls! And they're just so easy to make. And healthy. And delicious. Perfect meal would be rice paper rolls as well as the lamb & potatoes. Yum xx

  2. I love rice paper rolls! I feel sooo good everytime I eat them!
    Just a hint - the rice paper you have used can be quite expensive when bought in supermarkets. You can buy packets of like 100 for only a few dollars in Asian supermarkets!!


  3. YUM! I love making these :) :) I actually had some for lunch last week (haha- I swear we have the same taste in food...!) I pretty much do exactly the same as you, using tofu as the protein source.
    I've recently heard about smoked tofu though which I'm keen to try- have you?? These are so good in summer when you're hungry but don't feel like a heavy meal We never have them with peanuts though- this sounds good!
    Hannah x

  4. SO GOOD!


    Hamish and I were going to do a bloggy post of these... le sigh.... once again we have thought of the same thing. I shall leave it for a spell, don't want you to think I'm being a biatch.

  5. Oh yum, these look so tasty and you're right, so easy! Might have to give these a go asap. You are a very lovely gf to cook your bf a separate dinner :)