This is what we had for dinner tonight. It is the first time I have used rice papers and they worked better than I expected. At the end of the day, they are just a vessel for whatever you want. I love Thai flavours so that’s what I created but I have heaps of rice papers left over and will use them quite differently next time.
- Rice Papers
- 400g/14oz pork mince
- 1 red chilli
- ½ red pepper
- 1 courgette
- 1 carrot
- A small knob of ginger
- 1 tbsp soya sauce
- 1 tsp fish sauce
- Salt & pepper
- 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
- 2 tsp fish sauce
- 2 tsp rice vinegar
- Chop finely the red chilli and red pepper.
- Grate the ginger.
- Peel and grate the carrot.
- Grate the courgette.
- Heat a little oil in a frying pan and add the red chilli and ginger.
- Cook for a few minutes.
- Add the red pepper and cook 1 minute.
- Add the mince and cook until browned.
- Add the soya and fish sauces and season to taste.
- Wet the rice papers as per the instructions on the packet.
- Place a strip of the pork mixture and the grated carrot on each paper and roll up tightly.
- Serve with the sauce.
- Mix all the ingredients to combine.
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