As promised, here is a tutorial of how I prepare my rice paper rolls. This recipe makes 10 rolls, but the ingredients can be easily modified to make more/less.
1. Prepare ingredients: 10 sheets rice paper, 30 cooked/shelled prawns, 1 grated carrot, 1 cup bean sprouts and 20 cucmber sticks.
2. Take one sheet rice paper, and soak it in warm water for approximately 30 seconds, until just pliable and a little tacky (very important that you don't leave it too long as it will become to soft and will be likely to split during rolling).
3. Place rice paper sheet on a clean, damp tea-towel. Arrange 3 prawns down the centre of the rice paper.
4. Top with bean sprouts.
5. Top with carrot.
6. Top with 2 cucumber sticks.
7. Fold the 2 shorter sides of the roll in.
8. Fold 2 longer sides over the top.
9. Wah-lah! Your first rice paper roll!
10. Continue with remaining ingredients.
It really is that simple! I love to make these up in batches and take to work over a couple of days. The fillings can be modified to include whatever you like- for a cheaper alternative to prawns I often used tuna. Rice vermicelli noodles are a common inclusion, as are herbs such as thai basil leaves.
There are many commercially available dipping sauces, however I prefer to make my own by mixing together 1 tsp fish sauce, 2 tblsp sweet chilli sauce, 3 tsp honey, and some chopped peanuts. Depending on the individual brands you buy you may need to tweak the amounts slightly, and I sometimes add a little brown sugar for some extra sweetness.
I hope you enjoy creating these little morsels! Happy Friday!