Tasty, fresh, healthy, and teamed up with tangy Vietnamese Dipping Sauce, these rice paper rolls are sure to please. 


  • 50 g vermicelli rice noodles

  • 12 cooked prawns, peeled and halved lengthways

  • ½ red capsicum, sliced

  • ½ carrot, julienned or grated

  • ½ Lebanese cucumber, seeds removed and julienned

  • 1 spring onions, julienned

  • 1 handful bean shoots

  • 1 handful mint leaves, chopped

  • 1 handful coriander leaves, chopped

  • 12 rice paper wrappers

  • Vietnamese Dipping Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar

  • 4 tablespoons hot water

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 1–2 garlic cloves, finely chopped (adjust to your preference)

  • 1 long red chilli, finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice


  • 1.

    Place noodles in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Allow to soften for 3–5 minutes, then drain and rinse with cold water. Drain thoroughly.

  • 2.

    To make the dipping sauce, place sugar and hot water into a jar and shake until sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool a little, then add fish sauce, garlic, chilli and when cool add lime juice. Shake again to combine.

  • 3.

    Line up all prepared ingredients so you can operate an assembly line and lay a damp cloth on the bench (this helps stop the wrappers from sticking).

  • 4.

    Fill a shallow dish with warm water. Dip rice paper wrappers one at a time into the water for 15–30 seconds. When soft, place on the damp cloth. Place two prawn halves along the middle of the wrapper, top with a pinch of cooked noodles, and a couple of slices of capsicum, carrot, cucumber, spring onion and bean shoots. Sprinkle with mint and coriander.

  • 5.

    Fold ends in and roll up firmly to enclose filling.

  • 6.

    Repeat with the remaining rice paper wrappers and fillings. Serve with Vietnamese Dipping Sauce.

  • Tip:

  • 1.

    Make some without prawns for those who prefer a vegetarian option.

  • 2.

    To make it even quicker, ask your fishmonger to peel the prawns for you.


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