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Vietnamese summer rolls

Jenny Chandler

A recipe to get children helping out in the kitchen from new book: Green Kids Cook 

Recipe Meta

Prep

5 mins

Cook

5 mins

Serves

Makes 12

Difficulty

Easy

Ingredients

  • 100g dried rice vermicelli noodles
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • A pinch of sugar
  • 24 mint leaves
  • 24 coriander leaves
  • 12 x 20-cm rice sheets (sometimes called spring roll wrappers)

For the veggies (choose at least 6)

  • 3 spring onions
  • 1 large carrot, peeled
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 red or yellow pepper
  • 12 small lettuce leaves
  • A handful of beansprouts
  • Your chosen dipping sauce  

Method

Put the noodles in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave for about 5 mins or until they soften, then rinse and drain them in a sieve under cold running water.

Put the noodles back into the bowl and sprinkle over the soy sauce, sesame oil and sugar.

Slice your chosen vegetables into matchsticks, or thin slices if it’s easier, and place in neat piles on a tray, along with the mint and coriander leaves.

Half-fill a roasting tin with warm water. Dip a rice sheet into the water until it begins to soften (about 15 secs), then lift it carefully across to a clean chopping board.

So here we go: herbs plus veggies plus noodles plus more veggies and now it’s time to wrap and roll! Remember: practice makes perfect (and if they do collapse, you could always get a bit of practice in with your chopsticks). Place a small pile of the fillings in the lower third of the rice sheet and roll it up.

Serve your summer rolls with one of the dipping sauces.

ALTERNATIVE: Other vegetable alternatives includes 2 handfuls of shredded red cabbage, 1 avocado, 6 radishes, 24 mangetouts or sugar snap peas

Wrapping and rolling rules

Once you’ve cracked this technique, you can wrap and roll all sorts of combinations.

— Imagine that your wrap is a round face.

— Place the filling where a mouth would be. Don’t over-fill.

— Then… chin up. Fold the bottom of the wrap up, pushing the edge of the wrap right over the filling.

— Ears in.

— And roll.

— And that’s a wrap… boom!

Image: Kirstie Young

Recipe from Green Kids Cook by Jenny Chandler (Pavilion Books)

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