Too much work, not enough taste.
Vietnamese Noodle Rolls
Time: 35 minutes. Serve these refreshing rolls for dinner, or cut them into thirds and spear each with a toothpick to turn them into hors d'oeuvres.
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- Calories: 119
- Calories from fat: 12%
- Protein: 1.8g
- Fat: 1.5g
- Saturated fat: 0.4g
- Carbohydrate: 24g
- Fiber: 1.1g
- Sodium: 29mg
- Cholesterol: 0.0mg
- 3 1/2 ounces thin dried rice noodles (also called rice vermicelli)
- 1/4 English cucumber, unpeeled
- 1/2 large carrot, peeled
- Ten 8 1/2-in. rice-paper wrappers (bánh tráng)
- 5 red lettuce leaves, torn in half crosswise
- 1/2 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and very thinly sliced lengthwise
- 30 mint leaves (about 1/4 cup)
- 40 cilantro leaves (about 1/4 cup)
- About 1/2 cup canned french-fried onions
- Sweet and Spicy Sesame Sauce or your favorite peanut sauce
- 1. Put noodles in a large bowl and cover with just-boiling water. Let noodles sit until tender, 5 to 8 minutes.
- 2. Meanwhile, cut cucumber and carrot into 4-in. lengths and then into matchsticks, using a mandoline* or other hand-held slicer, to yield 1/2 cup matchsticks of each (or cut cucumber into matchsticks with a knife and coarsely shred carrots).
- 3. Drain noodles and rinse with cold water. Spread noodles out on a baking sheet lined with a kitchen towel. Pat dry.
- 4. Divide noodles into 2 long "logs," then cut with scissors to total 10 equal portions.
- 5. Set out all ingredients except the sesame sauce near a work surface. Pour very hot tap water into a large shallow bowl such as a pie plate. Submerge 1 rice-paper wrapper until moistened and softened slightly but not completely pliable (it will continue to soften as you work with it).
- 6. Lay wrapper on work surface and put 1/2 lettuce leaf in center. Mound 1 portion of noodles on lettuce followed by about one-tenth of the cucumber, carrot, and apple slices; 3 mint leaves; 4 cilantro leaves; and a sprinkling of onions. Arrange ingredients into a rectangle about 4 in. long. Fold paper over short ends of filling, then roll up tightly from a long side. Repeat to make remaining rolls. Serve with sesame sauce.
- *Find at cookware stores.
- Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
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