ABOUT RICE PAPER
Rice paper is a name for everything different products, including edible paper and decorative papers, including wallpaper. The edible kind, made from rice flour, is the white, translucent wrapper used for Vietnamese spring and summer rolls, chilled and raw or fried and hot. They can be used to wrap savory or sweet ingredients—or a combination.
Here’s more about rice paper from CooksInfo.com.
Beyond traditional spring and summer rolls rolls (here’s the difference between spring rolls and summer rolls), you can make lots of fusion food. Some of the uses we’ve tried:
This is a fun dish made by each person at the table, like Moo Shoo Pork. We first had it at a Vietnamese restaurant in Paris in our late teens, and it was love at first bite: grilled beef and fresh mint wrapped in butter lettuce leaves with condiments.
We’ve since added rice paper for do-it-yourself spring rolls. You can make them vegetarian or add a grilled protein of choice.
Set the table with ingredients of choice. You can use them all (we do) or make a selection of five or so.
†You can make your own sambal olek simply by grinding chiles with water to form a paste. We used a mortar and pestle.
RECIPE: NUOC MAM CHAM, VIETNAMESE DIPPING SAUCE
Nuoc cham is Vietnamese for “dipping sauce.” Nuoc mam cham is specifically a fish sauce-based dipping sauce.
Ingredients For 1 Cup
Whether you have kids or a sense of whimsy, this Hummus and Crudités “Clock” is a fun and good-for-you snack (photo above).
We adapted the idea from a photo on the Tio Gazpacho Facebook page, and created the face of the clock from hummus.
1. SOFTEN the rice papers according to package directions. Spread with hummus and place on a plate. (It’s difficult to make a perfectly round clock face, so the we use the rice paper for a clean look).
2. ADD the crudités as shown in the photo to make the face of the clock.
3. SPRINKLE the the rest of the plate with minced parsley if you need to “fill out the plate.”