writer: emma ranne
picture: emma ranne
If I were to pick a favourite food I would never succeed, but Vietnamese summer rolls would be somewhere quite high up in my top foods list. I mean yummy food with a crafty factor to it when putting them together, how could I not love that? The rolling is the challenging part (check youtube for handy tutorials if you're new to this), but no matter the look the taste will pay off the effort in the end.
When it comes to summer roll fillings, you can let your imagination run wild. I went for the rainbow look this time (or in other words the ''I can't make up my mind so I'll go with it all'' -look). Experiment with your favourite veggies, herbs and sauces. Maybe go for some tofu? Or maybe something sweet to add some contrast. Try and throw in some fruit. Papaya and mango do magic!
in my rainbow rolls:
- Rice paper (check out the Asian groceries)
- Daikon sprouts
- Spiralized carrots
- Red cabbage, cut thinly
- Try adding the sauce in the roll. Hummus works nice, peanut satay is a classic!
- Cut your veggies super thinly. It's also easier to roll if they're cut at about the same length.
If you get everything cut into sticks of 7cm, I can tell your creations will look fine.
- Pop fresh herbs in the rolls. Maybe mint, basil or parsley like I did.
- Don't feel like you have to stick with the classic fillings.
You could pretty much use anything that is either in sauce form or possible to be cut into sticks.
- Try this as a party food! You could ask everyone to bring some random fillings along.
Get crafty and creative together!