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THE LEFTOVERS SAVIOUR : RICE PAPER ROLLS

Our project lunchbox is going very well and there have been a lot of leftovers because we went overboard – not because the food isn't good, Mr Washy is stuffed.

We went to Chinatown and bought a packet of rice paper rolls. A lot of people are scared of making Asian rolls because they are afraid of the skin and breaking the roll. Fear not! Rice paper rolls can keep forever and are really easy to make. Here is an example of what we had for leftovers and prepared for the rolls:
  • Grilled chicken – stripped
  • Bean sprouts
  • Coriander
  • Chives
  • Spring rolls
  • Haricot verts
  • Some rice noodles
  • Peanut Sauce
The Vietnamese make all their rolls at the dining table and wrap and eat at the same time. All you need is a dish of lukewarm water. Soak the rice paper skins in the water for a couple of minutes. You will know when it is ready because the skin will be completely soft and the texture like that of rolls you have had before. Do not soak the skins for too long as they will tend to break. Remove the skin from the water and lay it on a dry cloth or kitchen towel so that it is dry enough to be wrapped. Wrap it when it is wet and your roll will break.

Wrap with any leftovers or ingredients you have prepared and you will have yourself and refreshing meal. We love fresh herbs, they make the rolls so fresh and not to forget those crunchy bean sprouts. These are all healthy and no-cook ingredients that makes making rice paper rolls a breeze.

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