Bento 62: Vietnamese summer rolls
One of my favourite Vietnamese meals is the gỏi cuốn, also known as summer rolls or crystal rolls. A thin layer of slightly salty rice paper envelopes fresh vegetables, cold rice sticks and prawns, this is then dipped in a sweet-savoury peanut dip. The contrast of the light roll with the deeply flavourful peanut dip is wonderful, and I love the mushy/crunchy texture of the summer roll. As the name implies, it’s eaten during the summer months, but I love all rolls all the time, and would be happy to have them all year long.
Even though the weather is rubbish again (50 F in the summer?!), I’m in denial and am keeping with the summer theme. Heck, it’s SUMMER, and as cold as it is, it is probably as good as it gets! Same with me wearing sandals ;). I’ve been on the hunt for summer recipes that are best eaten slightly chilled or room temperature, and the gỏi cuốn is the perfect way to go. I must be admit that it’s slightly sticky to eat neatly, this is why I’ve separated them with lettuce leaves so I can pick them up individually.
Packed in my largest box, which is the lovely pink Lego box, there was only really enough space to pop in a couple of salad leaves and a big pot of dipping sauce. Slightly messy with the dipping sauce, I love the concept of finger food, and this is pretty much my ideal food.
My recipe for gỏi cuốn / Vietnamese Summer Rolls
sauce (all mixed together)
Fully dip rice paper into a pan of hot water, and lay flat on a big dinner plate
Place prawn halves, then rice sticks in the middle. Add on other vegetables as desired
Fold like a burrito; sides up, and then bottom to top.
Enjoy dipped into peanut sauce
And that’s it! Simple, yummy and fresh :)