what a fun summer activity! stopped by a vietnamese grocery (in the bronx, ny of all places!) and got rice paper sheets and holy basil. with a packet of rice stick and some fantastic crisp cucumbers, i was ready to go.
this is a helpful thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/389854
this also has helpful tips: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...
used this sauce: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...
we subbed some soy sauce and balsamic vinegar for hoisin sauce, which i didn't have; lovely fresh scallions from our CSA for the onion, and added some water and some more soy sauce in the end. it's probably worth doubling this, though fresh lime juice alone is also great.
fillings (not all at once)--rice noodles with some lime juice and rice vinegar, basil, sliced cucumber, sliced pepper, sliced peaches, sliced avocado, scallions, tofu with soy sauce and sesame and ginger oil.
all in all, it was a pleasure to assemble these, and it was a great light summer meal highlighting great fresh herbs and other produce. assembly was a bit of a challenge--the key is to soak the rice paper for 10 seconds and not more, then stick it onto damp towels. And do not overstuff. of course, i couldn't help myself from overstuffing, resulting in misshapen, lumpy blobs. you'll note that i'm not attaching pictures!
Phnom Penh-Nha Trang Market
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