SERVES: 6 TIME: 45 mins
Roll up, roll up, it’s a Rawgust extravaganza! Our starter for As Nature Intended’s theme was these poppin’ asian inspired rolls chock full of raw veg and with a saucy little dip to bring the fire. We aren’t going to lie to you and say these are easy, because they are fiddly as hell and with every pack of asian rice paper you get free 45 minutes of loud swearing.
Even if you’re only serving for 6 guests like us I would allow for practice time to realise how much you hate this task and enough rice paper that you can get it wrong a couple of times.
From us to you, have fun!
As a high school coach once told Saskia, you must always live by the six P’s; Proper Preparation Prevents P*** Poor Performance, and there we must start. Take time to get your veg prepped properly because the rice wrappers are so fine that if the veg isn’t malleable and thinly sliced it will rip them.
- Chuck all your dipping sauce ingredients in a bowl and give them a good whoosh then set aside.
- Slice the spring onions and carrots into super fine batons about 5cm long and ideally 2mm thick.
- Finely slice the radishes and the beetroot so they stay in all their rounded glory but once again about 2mm thick if you’re a knife ninja.
- Lastly work on your cabbage, avocado and spinach and (you know the drill) finely slice. The basil should just go in as whole leaves for the visuals you knoww…
- Fill a shallow bowl with boiling water and flatten one of your rice wrappers into it. It should soak for 5 – 10 seconds and become see-through.
- Place it on a board and start filling in your raw ingredients; we started by lining up some radishes down the middle for visual effect, then the long things and then the more leafy things.
- Take one side and fold over to the other, tucking the edge under the veg. Fold the top and bottom sides in and then just roll the the roll fully across so you have a neat little parcel (lol joke, try it about ten times like this and you’ll get the hang of it don’t worry)
- Lay these on a bed of spinach, or don’t bother and serve with your saucy dipping sauce.