homemade fresh summer rolls with bang bang sauce
- 10 spring roll rice paper wrappers
- 1 large carrot, peeled and julienned
- 1 large cucumber, julienned (you can peel, but I don't)
- 1/2 of a large red pepper, julienned
- 1/3 cup chopped purple cabbage
- 1 ounce cooked rice noodles/rice vermicelli (optional)
- 1 avocado, sliced
- handful fresh cilantro (and/or mint, basil)
- 5 large green lettuce leaves (romaine, butter, etc), torn in half
- 20 medium cooked shrimp, peeled and sliced in half length-wise
- sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
Bang Bang Sauce
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce (recipe below)
- 2 tablespoons Sriracha
Sweet Chili Sauce
- 3.5 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1.5 tablespoons honey
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon chili flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
- Pinch of salt
- Prepare the rice paper wrappers: Pour warm water into a large bowl or 9-inch square or round baking pan. The baking pan is what I always use. Working with one at a time, dip the rice paper wrapper into the warm water for 15-20 seconds (or whatever the package suggests). Usually it's around that time. You want the wrapper to be soft, yet still slightly firm and pliable. Immediately remove from the water and place flat onto a work surface such as a large plastic or ceramic cutting board. Sometimes I use a large wood cutting board, but the wrappers stick to it a little more. Pat the wrapper slightly dry.
- Fill the rolls: Place a few sticks of carrot, cucumber, red pepper, and a sprinkle of cabbage on top of the bottom 1/3 of the rice paper as explained and pictured in the post. Then, a small amount of noodles (if using), a slice or two of avocado and a bit of cilantro. Lay 1/2 of a lettuce leaf on top and 4 slices of shrimp on top-- as pictured above. Remember, do not overstuff the roll. Start small then add more, as needed, as you roll each one.
- Roll them: Roll everything up tightly. To do so, gently pull up the bottom of the roll and roll over the filling. Then, roll and use your hands to tuck the filling in as you go. It's basically like you're rolling a burrito! Remember, you want a very tight roll. You can fold in the sides of the rice paper roll if you wish, but sometimes I don't.
- After rolling each, place on a serving plate. Cut in half, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and serve with peanut sauce. Feel free to make extras and store them for snacks for the next day!
- Make ahead tip/storing: Wrap rolls individually in plastic wrap (suggested to prevent sticking and then tearing) and layer in a glass ware between sheets of parchment or wax paper. Store up to 2-3 days. In terms of taste, the rolls are best served fresh the day they are made.
Instructions for the sauce
- To make the sweet chili sauce combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer until thickened. Let cool then mix with the mayonnaise and Sriracha.