A while ago I was quite hungry and shopping at my local grocery store (bad combination, I know), so I went over to their prepared sushi section and bought summer rolls. Basically they are California rolls wrapped in rice paper instead of rice+seaweed. But rather than try and explain, why don’t I just show you a very inexpensive way to make your own!
Rice Paper (this is surprisingly easy to find, they had it in the Asian section of my local market for $2.00/20 pieces of paper)
Sweet Chili Sauce (again, very easy to find in the same section)
(Feel free to add any and all other ingredients you like!)
1. I always prepare my ingredients first because once you start making the actual rolls, you need to move quite quickly.
2. Now, get a skillet and fill it with warm water. I always put it on a burner on the lowest heat setting to keep the water warm a little while longer.
3. Take your rice paper, dip it in the water and make sure it is fully saturated (about 12 seconds).
4. Now, place the wet rice paper on a clean plate, and wait about a minute for it to because pliable. Once it feels “sticky”, it’s time to load it up with your ingredients!
5. Now for the rolling. It’s very easy, and in my opinion, intuitive. Just roll it up and fold the sides in. The beauty of rice paper is that once it fully dries, it adheres to itself, so it is pretty user friendly.
6. There you have it! You can cut it in half if you like, or just eat it the way it is. Add a little sweet chili sauce and enjoy! Seriously though, these are absolutely delicious, healthy and so fresh!