I’m afraid this has nothing to do with the Creedence Clearwater Revival, but rather, is about one of my favourite summertime dishes, rice paper rolls 🙂 When you’ve got a family with 5 adults all doing their own thing with their own schedules to follow, it ultimately means that you don’t get a lot of ’sit down together’ time, and in particular it means that family mealtimes are rare – you hardly get more than 3 members of the family sitting at the dining room table at any one time.
For someone who cherishes time with their family as much as I do, this is something that makes me quite sad. Don’t get me wrong, the essense of my nature is quite solitary and I need to have at least some time to myself everyday otherwise I start to feel a little strained, however I also love my family very much and adore the time I get to spend with them.
Dipping Sauce Recipe for Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls
What does this have to do with rice paper rolls? Patience, patience, I’m getting there 🙂 Despite the different tastes that we all have, one thing that every member of my family adores is rice paper rolls.
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Because we do not pre-roll, but rather just prepare the ingredients so that all the rolling is done directly at the table, it makes this a very communal meal with fingers/hands colliding and taking long enough to allow conversation at the dinner table to flow.
I’ll usually prepare this on Sunday evenings for dinner as the rest of my family is out to church (whilst they are all Roman Catholic, I’m athiest as I gave up my faith years ago), and by the time they get back and have changed out of their Sunday best, dinner is waiting on the table for us to sit down and tuck in!
It’s easy enough as all you’re really doing is just making sure the ingredients are all ready to be placed into the rolls, and the fact that you use lots of veggies makes it lovely and refreshing for those hot summer nights!
What really makes this dish for us is the tangy sauce that you add just before rolling which adds a whole nother element of flavour. It’s not vegetarian as it features fish sauce, but you can replace it with light soy sauce to make a vegetarian friendly variation!
Tangy sauce for rice paper rolls
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 2-3 tbsp cup fish sauce
- 3-5 tbsp caster sugar
- 2-3 birdseyes (thai) chillis, finely sliced (or as many as you think you can handle!)
Add all the ingredients to a leak-proof container and shake/stir till sugar has dissolved and everything has combined. Taste, and alter to taste (if it’s a bit salty for your tastes, add a little more lemon and sugar. If it’s too sweet, add a little lemon and fish sauce, etc).
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Being a very watery sauce, this is not one for the rolls to be dipped into, so if you want a dipping sauce you’re probably better sticking with sweet chilli sauce 🙂