My husband and I tried a new Vietnamese restaurant last week (new to US, that is). One of the stir fry dishes we ordered came with several round rice papers which were placed vertically in a 2-section plastic holder; the other section, which measured about 4" high by 6" wide by 2" deep held hot water. We assumed the papers needed to be dipped into the water to soften them, but by the time we fished them out they were gloppy and they tore apart. I should also mention that there was a plate of "accompaniments" also served -- a few stems of thai basil, cucumber slices, shredded carrots and daikon and lime wedges.
We'll definitely be going back to this restaurant. What should we do with the ingredients set in front of us so that it will at least appear that we know what we're doing? Thanks!