Jump to content

Working with rice paper


  • Please log in to reply
5 replies to this topic

#1 FarmBaby

Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:42 AM

Does anyone have any tips on working with rice paper to make cold rolls? Mine always end up loose and have folds in them. I would love to make a roll that is nice and tight so when you bight into it the filling doesn't go everywhere.

#2 Sammzz

Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:26 AM

Firstly practice practice practice... wink.gif ...I'm no expert but my rolls are getting better biggrin.gif

Use cold water and dip the rice paper into the water to get wet and let the excess water drip off (don't leave them in there) place on plate to assembly the fillings (don't worry that the rice paper is still firm it will be soft by the time you finish assembling your fillings)
I like to put the fillings in the 1/3 section closes to me,
lift the flap closes to me over the fillings and making sure that it is firm,
hold that in place,
fold the flap on the right over and then the left side,
so you have a rectangle of sort with a trail,
holding everything firmly, starting rolling like you would a newspaper!

Hope that made sense.

Gee it's harder to explain it than do it! biggrin.gif

#3 Mumma_G

Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:39 AM

I do mine one sheet at a time. I wet a teatowel and fold it around my chopping board. I then wet the rice paper.I just use tap water. I put the filling you want to see on top down first, usually meat, then everything else. I place mine directly in the middle and fold in the top and bottom edges first. Fold over the left side then the left side.

#4 FrenchSoda

Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:46 AM

I think Sammzz has it down pat! All i can add is that I find a large frypan is a good size for the soaking water and, as an alternative method, i saw an episode of nigel slater's cooking show where he was taught by a Vietnamese cook to do it this way instead of soaking:

For the summer rolls, lay the rice paper sheet on a chopping board. Put a bowl of cold water next to it and with wet fingers, pat the rice paper sheet wet until pliable. They should be moist but not too wet as they will tear. (From here: http://www.bbc.co.uk...d_seabass_62243)

Though I've found getting rice paper rolls from the Vietnamese takeaway is such a cheap and healthy dinner, I haven't made them myself in awhile. I went to a friend's place for dinner not long ago and they served DIY rice paper rolls which was a fun spin-off of Taco Night!


#5 FarmBaby

Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:07 PM

I've been using a frypan of hot water to dunk the sheets in. Maybe cold water is the key???? Thanks for the advice!

#6 BlueUnicorn

Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:18 PM

I fold as per pp, filling in middle, fold top and bottom in then roll.  I also soak them one at a time then drain and make the on a clean tea towel on the chopping board.  

I use room temp water, usually out of the jug if its cool enough.  I've found they wrap neater with only a small amount of filling too.  






0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Meet the latest baby giving the internet hair envy

"As a bald man, I'm very proud of my 2-month-old's hair," wrote new dad Brian Gorham, 32, along with a photo he shared to reddit.

Woman hits back after shop assistant labels her engagement ring as 'pathetic'

A US woman has been applauded worldwide for sharing a photo of her modest, US$130 engagement ring after a shop assistant labelled it "pathetic".

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher welcome baby boy

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher welcomed their second child, USA TODAY has confirmed.

After his grandkids moved away, this grandpa came up with a beautiful way to stay in touch

Chan Jae, a 75-year-old man from Korea, missed his grandsons terribly when they moved overseas.

20 gorgeous Christmas stocking and sack options

It seems every year that Christmas-themed goodies for kids get less tacky and more stylish.

Dad's genius hack for how to go shopping with a baby

A dad has shared his genius hack for tackling Christmas shopping with toddlers.

How I gave birth far too drug-free for my own liking

I certainly wasn't shy about medication. In fact, my policy on this was, in the immortal words of Britney Spears, "Gimme gimme more".

Christmas-inspired names for your December baby

Due during the festive season, or just have a love of Christmas?

Three-year-old mistakes policeman for Santa, so naturally he goes along with it

When an adorable three-year-old spotted a white haired gentleman in a restaurant she naturally assumed he was Santa Claus.

To VBAC or not to VBAC?

"If, after careful assessment by their maternity care provider, there seems to be no reason why a woman shouldn't be offered a chance at VBAC, then the opportunity should be provided."

Baby tries broccoli for the first time, immediately regrets it

It's probably fair to say that broccoli is an acquired taste.

'I didn't think I'd have pimples as a grown-up ... then I fell pregnant'

As specialists treat more adults for acne, Lucy Sheref reveals the emotional cost of years spent struggling with the condition.

Stranger's act of kindness helps overwhelmed mum in supermarket

A random act of kindness from a stranger in the supermarket brought a mum to tears, exactly when she needed it most.

21 adorable Christmas outfits for your baby

December 25 is just around the corner, and it's the perfect opportunity to dress your bub in a sweet festive outfit.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

What pregnancy is really like: mums share their honest opinions

We asked real women what surprised them during their pregnancy. They've shared their experiences in the hope of preparing the rest of us better for the ride

The truth about big-headed babies

Research suggests that big headed babies become more intelligent than their smaller peers. One mum shares the positives and negatives of having a big headed baby.

How to encourage your baby's gross motor development skills

There are some everyday things that parents can do to improve gross motor skills and coordination.

'My baby's extra thumb saved her life'

A mum whose daughter was born with an extra thumb says that the extra digit saved her life.

He gave her his liver, she gave him her heart

Heather Krueger and Chris Dempsey's origin story began in a darker place than most: with stage 4 liver cancer.

Toilet training from birth? It is possible

This method, called elimination communication (EC or assisted infant toilet training), is becoming increasingly popular in the West.

Watch hilarious montage of strangest pregnancy questions on Yahoo Answers

Some of the strangest questions about pregnancy - and some of the most bizarre spelling - have made for a hilarious video.

How to reduce your chances of perineal tearing in birth

The use of heat packs, along with other aspects of clinical care, can reduce your risk of tearing in birth.

 

Baby Names

Unusual Celeb Baby Names

Click through the gallery to read the details and see some of the most memorable monikers in show biz families.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.