So we are now at another food post! I find them much easier than fashion posts but I like them the same!
The recipe I did today was the first time I tried it. I have already eaten them but never made them so it was a risky choice but turned out super nice! And the great thing about this food is that the process is very repetitive so you get to practice as you make them!
So let’s begin!
Here is a picture of all the ingredients, I made Asian Spring Rolls with Rice paper and shrimp
So I defrosted my shrimp and took the tail shells off. Feel free to buy other types of shrimp i.e raw or frozen, different sizes too. Just remember, if the shrimp are raw, they need to be cooked, and de-shelled/de-veined.
While I let the shrimp soak in warm water, I started to julienne my veggies. This process is when you cut your vegetables in very slim slices like in the picture. You can choose whichever vegetables you think would taste good in the wraps. I chose carrots for color and cucumber as well as bean sprouts (those don’t need to be cut).
I used Vermicelli in my spring rolls so I brought some water to a boil in the kettle and combined the two for a few minutes until the “noodles” were soft and manageable.
The rice paper is super easy to use and not as delicate as you might think. This is the brand I used for mine and I followed the instructions on the back which indicates to soak the rice paper, one at a time, in lukewarm water then set aside for 30 seconds. I found that it works best to soak for about 5 seconds, take out and start assembling your ingredients on the rice paper while it loosens.
Once all your ingredients are set in the middle of the sheet, fold the two ends towards the middle and start rolling, tucking the ingredients tightly to make a nice roll.
As I mentioned earlier, the process is very repetitive so each time you will improve and the rolls will look better and better, obviously they will all taste the same 😉
I chose to place my ingredients in a certain order but it really doesn’t matter, but I think you should keep the shrimp for the top. I also added some fresh mint leaves for that bright, summery flavor but you can also replace the mint with lettuce and/or cilantro and/or fresh basil. All up to you! Stay creative and try different approaches!
The fresh mint doesn’t look so fresh but that’s what happens when you ask your dad to buy things hehe 😛 Tastes fine just looks a little older which doesn’t even matter because you won’t see it, as it will be rolled inside the wrap.
Here is a look at the final product! I ended up making about 11 rolls to use up my ingredients but I still have a ton of rice paper left so I wrapped it in saran wrap to keep it fresh and use it another time.
I looked for some sauces on Pinterest and was looking for more of a peanut dipping sauce but you can also use a more vinegary type sauce or chili pepper sauce. There are a million options so go for it and try different ones. I even saw a spicy mayonnaise sauce!
Now comes the worst part…..
Good luck and Enjoy!