What is rice paper?
Edible rice paper is made of white rice flour, tapioca flour, salt and water. Each sheet usually contains about 35-40 calories. Tapioca powder/flour makes paper very glutinous, sticky and smooth. Edible rice paper is usually sold in translucent round sheets packed in hard plastic package to avoid breakage. Sheets are dipped for 5-7 seconds into boiling water to soften them and then used as a wrapping paper to wrap any sorts of ingredients.
Rice paper rolls with shrimps and avocado
Shrimps – 1 pound bag, pre cooked and frozen
Avocado – 1, large
Peanut salay sauce (optional)
Crunchy peanut butter (optional)
Sesame seeds (optional)
Thaw shrimps and drain water from the bag. Heat frying pan on high, add very little olive oil, add shrimps and fry for about 2 minutes. Add Peanut salay sauce (optional) and sesame oil and fry for another 2 minutes stirring constantly. Turn off heat and set shrimps aside to cool off.
Rinse well bean sprouts and enoki mushrooms, put into two different pots/containers. Pour boiling water over both. Let bean sprouts sit in boiled water for 3 minutes and drain. Let enoki mushrooms seat in boiled water for 2-3 minutes and drain water very well. Let both ingredients to cool off.
Cut avocado in half, remove the seed and slice into thin slices along the way.
Boil water on stove top in a large pot. Reduce the heat to minimum. Take rice paper with tongues and submerge into boiling water for about 5-6 seconds.
Remove and lay on a flat surface (I used large cutting board). Lay 4-5 shrimps in a row. Below shrimps lay in a separate row arugula salad, bean sprouts, enoki mushrooms and avocado slices. Roll rice paper as in my pictures. Rice paper looks very thin and vulnerable, yet it is quite strong. Also it is very sticky and rolls hold together very well, there is no unwrapping (as I was afraid).
In a sauce bowl mix Hoisin sauce and crunchy peanut butter (you can use any proportion to your liking, but usually the proportion is 1 part of the sauce and 1 part of peanut butter 1:1). I personally did not use peanut butter last time as I forgot to buy it. I diluted Hoisin sauce with water (1:1) and liked it very much.
I also sprinkled some sesame seeds over the sauce but it is totally optional.
Check out my own recipe of Eggplant stuffed with ground meat and shredded zucchini