Vietnam is renowned for its fresh, flavoursome cuisine. Pho, noodle salads, and rice paper rolls are a few dishes you may have tasted before. But have you ever tried cooking them yourself? Red Bridge Cooking School in Hoi An, Vietnam invites guests to learn the local techniques in a lush jungle setting.
Even if you don’t have the opportunity to visit Hoi An, try cooking a traditional Vietnamese meal this holiday season. It might be a chance to discover a new favourite dish, such as banh xeo, Vietnamese stye crepes, or nuoc mam, fish sauce. Read below on how to make fresh rice paper rolls with delicious shrimp or tofu filling.
Fresh Rice Paper
- 1 cup white rice (not Basmati)
- Pinch of salt
- 1 kebab stick
- 100 grams of shrimp or tofu
- 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil
- Sugar and salt to taste
- 1/2 cup grated green papaya or mango
- 1/2 cup of grated cucumber
- 1/2 cup of grated carrot
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- 1 pinch of sugar and salt
- Chopped fresh herbs- coriander, mint, and basil
1. Pour vegetable oil into wok, turn the heat to medium. Add the shrimp or tofu, one pinch of salt and sugar, and cook through.
2. Put cooked tofu or shrimp into bowl with the filling mixture. Stir and let sit while you prepare rice paper.
3. To roll, place filling mixture towards end of rice paper. Roll up the paper–taking care to tuck the edges of the paper as you roll.
4. Sprinkle with additional fresh herbs and enjoy with soy sauce!