Rice Paper Rolls with Peanut Lime Dipping Sauce

I’m not going to lie, these are fiddly to make.  On my first try, I soaked the rice paper until it globbed up in a sad mound of failure.  But with a little practice it’s easy to get the hang of it and if you are in the mood for a little kitchen zen, there is something wonderfully therapeutic about their assembly.  Don’t worry about making them perfect- there is a homemade charm about their imperfect shapes.  They are light and verdant, and balanced beautifully by the rich and subtly spicy peanut lime dipping sauce.  Happy eating! -Amanda


Rice Paper Rolls with Peanut Lime Dipping Sauce

Serves 3-4

9 sheets rice paper

4 ounces thin rice noodles

hot water

1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar

1 teaspoon shoyu, or soy sauce

1/2 cucumber, cut into strips

3-4 ounces extra firm tofu, cut into thin strips

1/2 cup cilantro

1/2 cup basil leaves

1/2 cup mint leaves

Peanut Lime Dipping Sauce (recipe below)


1.  To prepare the noodles, soak in hot water for 5-7 minutes, or according to the package direction.  Drain and toss with rice vinegar and shoyu.  Set aside.

2.  Dip each sheet of rice paper in the hot water for about 3-5 seconds.  Lay it flat on the surface.  As though you were filling a burrito, place the rice noodles, tofu, cucumber and herbs in a bundle in the center.  Be sure not to overfill!  Wrap and roll like a burrito.

3.  Serve with Peanut Lime Dipping Sauce

Peanut Lime Dipping Sauce

1/4 cup peanut butter

juice of 2 limes

2 teaspoons white miso

1 teaspoon grated ginger

2 small cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons water

1-2 teaspoons maple syrup (optional)

pinch cayenne (optional)


1.  Mix until thoroughly combined.  To thin the sauce, add more water or lime juice until your desired consistency is reached.


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