It may be nearly September, but it’s never too late to make some delicious summer rolls. After all, they are practically like eating a salad conveniently rolled up into a neat little, well, roll! These always seemed pretty basic to make, but it was that strange transparent rice paper that really confused me into thinking they are too complicated for the average human to make on their own.
Things changed when my bestie Hayley of Forrester Dineen, showed up to a BBQ with a mountain of delicious rolls that she had made herself. No offence to my girl’s cooking skills or anything, but if she could do it I could most definitely do it too. So naturally I made her sit down in her backyard and teach me step-by-step how to make them myself.
Turns out, they are really damn easy and as delicious as ever. They also really impress people when you tell them you legit made them yourself. Here’s how to do it:
What you need:
1 pack round rice paper rolls (can be found at No Frills and Fresh Co.)
Fresh ground pepper
2 skinless chicken breasts
2-3 Carrots julienned or grated
1/2 cucumber julienned
1 red pepper julienned
1 yellow pepper julienned
Fresh Thai basil
Cook chicken breasts in a pan with a small amount oil, when nearly cooked through remove to cutting board and chop into small cubes. Return to pan and add 1/4 cup Hoisin and 1/4 cup Oyster Sauce with a generous splash of Soya Sauce and Sesame oil. Add more depending on quantity and taste. Finish with fresh ground pepper and chilli flakes.
Fille a saucepan or large bowl with water. Place one paper at a time into water until soft, approximately 30 seconds +
Remove from water and straight out, shake of excess water as demonstrated by the lovely Hayley above and place flat on plate.
Once on plate, line a narrow section cross ways with lettuce. Top with chicken, carrots, cucumber, peppers, corriander and fresh basil. To wrap, fold over sides and then bring the bottom flap up and over, then roll. Afterwards you will end up with a beautiful summer roll that looks straight from your local Vietnamese restaurant! Pair it with a yummy dipping sauce using the exact same ingredients for the chicken.