Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls
Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls are super quick to prepare! Pack them with juicy prawns, vermicelli noodles, crispy lettuce and fresh mint. They're totally addictive snacks or perfect as a light and healthy lunch. Pair them with our Peanut Hoisin Dipping Sauce - you won't want to stop at one!
Servings 8 rice paper rolls
- 200 g prawns cooked, sliced in half lengthways
- 200 g vermicelli rice noodles
- 8 sheets rice paper wrappers
- 3 leaves lettuce roughly chopped
- 1 bunch mint
- water boiling, for soaking vermicelli noodles
- water lukewarm, for dipping rice paper sheets
Two Optional Dipping Sauces
To prepare your ingredients:
Pop your vermicelli noodles into a large bowl and soak them in boiling water for 5 minutes.
Pour some lukewarm water in a large, deep bowl - make sure it's deep enough for softening your rice paper.
Next, slice your prawns in half and devein them if this hasn't already been done.
Finally, drain the vermicelli and place all the ingredients on the table. Now you're ready to roll!
To assemble your rolls:
Take a rice paper wrapper and rotate it in the warm water until all surface areas have been covered.
Pop it on your plate and top with lettuce, mint and vermicelli on the edge closest to you, then pop the prawns about 2-3cm closer to the top edge.
Now grab the bottom of the rice paper and roll it over the greens. Tuck in both sides and continue rolling up the rest of the way.
That's it! All that's left is to dip it in your delicious peanut hoisin sauce or nuoc mam cham and eat. Yum!
- Rice Paper Wrappers – These often come in two sizes, so we usually buy the larger size wraps. Look for them in the international section of your local supermarket, head to an Asian grocery or buy them online.
- Vermicelli Noodles – Sometimes known as rice stick noodles, these are available in two versions: one made with rice and one made with mung bean thread. They are almost identical once cooked, so you can use either. Just like wrappers, you can possibly find these at your supermarket, otherwise the Asian grocery or online will be your best bet.
- Fresh Herbs / Greens – The most common are fresh mint (regular garden mint is totally fine), coriander/cilantro, and lettuce. You might also like to include some bean shoots for extra texture.
- Protein – Our local Vietnamese restaurants and eateries usually include fresh prawns and/or thinly sliced pork. At home, we’ll often make them with slices of BBQ chicken which makes for super quick prep!
- Other Ingredient Ideas
- Nem nuong (grilled pork sausage)
- Pork belly
- Cucumber - use a mandoline slicer for nice thin strips – not essential, but it’s easier than slicing.
- Carrot - same as above.
- Capsicum / bell pepper
- Vietnamese mint
Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 315mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 36IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg