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Top 5 Recipes Using Rice Paper (Banh Trang)

31/01/2024

Love rice paper rolls but looking for more ways to use up the wrappers? You’re in the right place! Check out this amazing collection of our favourite recipes using rice paper that are super delicious and easy to make at home.

Rice paper rolls on a plate with peanut sauce.
Classic Vietnamese rice paper rolls (also known as goi cuon, salad rolls, summer rolls or cold rolls).

Why We Love This

Vietnamese rice paper sheets are one of our favourite ingredients. They’re convenient, versatile and super fun to work with at home. They also last almost indefinitely, so it’s easy to keep them stocked in your pantry and ready to go for your favourite recipes.

Rice paper is best known as the soft and flexible wrapper for Vietnamese rice paper rolls, but they’re also super useful in lots of other ways!

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Vietnamese spring rolls cooking in a large frypan.
Try them instead of the regular wrapper for crispy fried spring rolls!

What is Rice Paper?

Rice paper (known as bánh tráng in Vietnamese) is a type of edible wrapper made from finely ground rice flour, water, salt and tapioca. They’re super thin and feel a bit like plastic when they’re dry, but turn soft, stretchy and transparent when moistened with water.

In Vietnam the rice paper ingredients are mixed into a runny batter then cooked either on a hot pan similar to a crepe, or steamed over boiling water. This fresh, hand-made rice paper is then placed onto a bamboo mat and sun-dried, which is what gives the paper its iconic pattern. Modern commercial brands of rice paper are made using machines that try to replicate this look and feel in the finished product.

Rice paper is most commonly used to make cold rice paper rolls (gỏi cuốn), crispy fried spring rolls (chả giò) or a Vietnamese pizza known as bánh tráng nướng. We’ve also come across thin strips of crispy fried rice paper called bánh tráng tỏi, seasoned with garlic and/or chilli and sold at supermarkets or as a street food snack.

There are countless more varieties available in Vietnam; from sesame rice paper (bánh tráng mè), with a crunchy rice cracker texture, to bánh tráng sữa made with added milk for a meltier texture.

Recipes Using Rice Paper

Rice paper roll cut in half and dipped in peanut hoisin sauce.
Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls with Peanut Sauce
Vietnamese rice paper rolls are super quick to prepare! Packed with juicy prawns, vermicelli, crisp lettuce and mint, they’re perfect as a light snack or healthy lunch. Pair them with our peanut hoisin dipping sauce – you won’t want to stop at one!
Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls with Peanut Sauce
Taking a slice of Vietnamese pizza (banh trang nuong).
Vietnamese Pizza (Bánh Tráng Nướng)
Vietnamese Pizza (known as Bánh Tráng Nướng) is essentially grilled rice paper used as a pizza base. This super popular Vietnamese street food snack is easily cooked at home with any toppings you have on hand. We love cooking this crispy rice paper pizza topped with egg, spring onion, cheese, and canned meat (especially TUNA – yum!) finished with mayonnaise and sriracha.
Vietnamese Pizza (Bánh Tráng Nướng)
A pyramid of Vietnamese fried spring rolls on a plate.
Easy Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls
Packed with pork, prawn/shrimp and veggies, these Easy Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls are lightly fried for a crispy, crunchy, flavourful appetiser. Made with rice paper for a satisfying crunch, enjoy them with our bonus spicy Vietnamese homemade dipping sauce!
Easy Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls
Plate of crispy Vietnamese pancakes and fresh herbs.
Easy Banh Xeo – Crispy Vietnamese Crepes
Meet Banh Xeo, crispy Vietnamese crepes like an omelette and pancake rolled into one. Named for the sizzling sound they make when cooking in a hot pan, these savoury bites are the perfect filler for rice paper rolls.
Easy Banh Xeo – Crispy Vietnamese Crepes
Close up of fried spring rolls on a plate with sweet chilli dipping sauce.
Crispy Thai Spring Rolls Recipe
Thai spring rolls are crispy, crunchy crowd pleasers! So easy to make and full of flavour – you won’t want to stop at just one! Wrap them in rice paper instead of the traditional spring roll wrapper for a deliciously crunchy twist.
Crispy Thai Spring Rolls Recipe

Storage

Store rice paper wrappers in their original packaging or an airtight container in a cool, dry place such as your pantry. They last almost indefinitely this way. However once moistened, they won’t last long. It’s best to work quickly when using them so they don’t soften too much or stick to your plate and tear when rolling them up.

FAQs

What’s the most popular store bought brand of rice paper wrappers?

There are lots of brands out there depending on where you live, but the most widely available are Three Ladies Brand or Bamboo Tree. In Australia you’ll also find Valcom and Pandaroo wrappers in large supermarkets and Asian grocery stores.

Can I make fresh wrappers at home?

Yes it’s possible, but it’s a somewhat fiddly process that we haven’t tried for ourselves yet! This video will show you how to make rice paper wrappers at home, or check out this video to see how it’s made the traditional way in Vietnam.

What’s the best way to moisten rice paper?

The most common way to do this is to take a rice paper wrapper and dunk it half way into a large, wide bowl of just lukewarm water. Quickly rotate the wrapper until the entire surface has been moistened, then take it straight out of the water. If you’re making rice paper rolls, work quickly to wrap up your ingredients and roll up before the rice paper becomes to soft or soggy to work with.

My rice paper is too sticky to work with, what should I do?

It sounds like you left the wrapper for too long. Work quickly to dunk and coat the surface in water, then take it out straight away.

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