It can be a lot of fun getting outside of your comfort zone in the kitchen and trying new things. I made rice paper wraps for the first time years ago, it was a bit of a disaster to be honest, but once you get the hang of it rice paper wraps are a really easy and versatile ingredient. You can add meat or tofu and any veggies you like. (They’re also a great date night food to make together!)
If it’s your first time trying them, the two best bits of advice I can give you are:
– Use two sheets, one sheet is too thin
– DO NOT overfill your wrap, it will just be an absolute mess
Rice paper wraps are available at most Asian grocery stores (I live near Chinatown in Toronto and pick mine up at a store called The Lucky Moose). For veggies we used cilantro, red peppers, lettuce and green onion with a bit of satay chicken. First chop all your veggies and set aside.
Dice the chicken and brown in a pan. Add chili sauce (I used a prepared lemongrass satay sauce)
Wet two sheets of rice paper together in lukewarm water. They will start to soften, put them onto a plate and add your ingredients
Fold over the top and bottom to seal in the sides, then fold over the top to put the ingredients into a “pocket”.
Continue rolling the rice paper wrap tightly
Now, do this a bunch more times and you will end up with a plate full of delicious wraps!
You can experiment and fill these with anything, avocado tastes great. For a dip mix crushed garlic with chili sauce, soy sauce and minced ginger.