Rice paper rolls

Rice paper rolls

At Home with Ben
Mark Roper

Ripe paper rolls are one of the most instantly recognisable Vietnamese dishes. They are so easy to make. This version is a variation on the classic, and you could also use leftover roast pork, beef – anything, really! They would be awesome deep-fried.

I like making these for the kids’ lunch boxes – well, Ruby’s at least, as Herb would turn green if I put them in his!

Be careful with the rice paper wrappers as they are very fragile – you need to have more than you need, to allow for breakages. Buy the ones that come in the round plastic box, as it means you end up with fewer broken sheets of rice paper.


Quantity Ingredient
12 rice paper wrappers
250g Vegemite roast chicken, shredded
1/4 iceberg lettuce, shredded
lime juice, to taste
fish sauce, to taste
1/2 bunch mint, leaves picked and washed
1/2 bunch coriander, leaves picked and washed
1/2 cucumber, julienned
2 tablespoons ground toasted cashews
garlic chives
sweet chilli sauce, to serve


  1. Soak each rice paper sheet in water, one at a time, then place on a clean tea towel. Gently pat dry.
  2. Combine the chicken and lettuce with lime juice and fish sauce to taste.
  3. To make the rolls, place a line of mint, coriander and cucumber on the bottom edge of each rice paper wrapper, leaving the side edges clear. Top with the chicken and lettuce mixture.
  4. Starting from the bottom edge of the wrapper, roll over once then fold in one of the side edges. Roll once more and tuck in the other edge. Sprinkle with some ground cashews and lay a single garlic chive along the length of the roll, leaving a little overhanging at one end, then completely roll. Tie with another garlic chive. Repeat this process for the remaining rice paper wrappers.
  5. Serve the rice paper rolls with sweet chilli sauce.
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