I’m always on the lookout for different ideas to have for evening meals on a 5:2 down day. So while I was searching the Asian section in Tesco for miso soup and sushi ginger, my eye was caught by this kit for Vietnamese spring rolls. They looked fresh and tasty for a summer evening, and the calorie counts were given as 95 for half the packet (3 rolls) – by my reckoning I could eat the lot with a prawn or chicken filling for around 250.
The kit contains rice vermicelli, 6 rice wrappers, and a sachet of peanut dipping sauce. Ingredients to be added are suggested as shredded lettuce, cucumber strips, prawn, chicken or pork. Mint leaves or corainder would also work well.
The vermicelli soaks in boiling water for 5 minutes until softened.
Each rice wrpper is dipped in warm water for a few seconds. Then the filling is piled in the middle, and you do your best to roll into a tight cylinder. This was the hardest bit, and I would need a bit more practice to make the rolls tighter.
They looked very attractive, but as I hadn’t rolled them tightly enough they were messy to eat – I ended up cutting them in half with a sharp knife, and then blobbing the peanut sauce onto the ends.
It was a substantial meal for well under 300 calories – I’m going to try to locate the rice wrappers on their own, and practice making some better rolls. Anyone got a good peanut dipping sauce recipe?