There is plenty that I love about these Viet-Thai inspired packages:
- You can eat them with your hands. Great for kids who prefer to eat with their hands, anyways.
- You can pack them full of good stuff — I used mung bean noodles, lettuce, cucumber and shrimp.
- They are easier to make than it looks.
- You can make them the night before; just keep them in the fridge wrapped in a wet paper towel. This prevents the rice paper from drying out overnight.
- And lastly, K loves them. No leftovers this time. What better reason than that!
My method is all about saving time. I use mung bean noodles because it’s thin and you don’t have to cook them. You just soak the noodles in hot water. Once the noodles are soft, I drain the water and mix fish sauce, lime juice and sugar into the noodles.
I also use pre-cooked frozen shrimp (cocktail shrimp works great for this) with the tails removed and sliced in half lengthwise. I soak the rice paper in a shallow dish (I actually use a cookie tray because it’s large enough to hold one paper). You need to work quickly, soaking only one paper while you roll the other.
Enjoy! I hope this inspires you, too.