Last night we made
Mollie loves to help. Will likes to watch.
I grew up in Houston, and there is a fairly good size Vietnamese population there. In my late teens Vietnamese food was more accessible than Thai. We used to go to this place in Chinatown because they were open really late and the food was good! Now they have shiny new digs. Last i knew the food was still good, but there is something lost when places upgrade. I like the hole in the wall places with awesome food.
We fill our rice paper rolls with grilled chicken which I marinate and cook on the bbq, coriander, mint, spring onion, rice vermicelli, and bean sprouts. If you've never made them, they are quite easy and you can find all the ingredients in the supermarket including the rice papers. Although saying that, I think you can get better rice papers at the Asian supermarkets.
We like them with peanut sauce, but they are also delicious with sweet chili sauce. I like to make the Chinese Peanut Sauce from the Moosewood Cookbook. The kids practically lick the sauce off of their plates.
1/2 cup good peanut butter
1/2 cup hot water
2 Tbs. soy sauce
2 Tbs. sugar
3 medium cloves garlic, minced (I don't use that much garlic...maybe because I have giant cloves of biodynamic garlic which is quite strong, but very tasty. I use 1 clove or even part of a clove)
1 tsp. cider vinegar
1 to 2 Tbs minced fresh cilantro (I don't put coriander in because it's in the spring rolls)
cayenne, to taste
salt, to taste (if peanut butter is unsalted)
1) Place peanut butter in a small bowl. Add the hot water, and stir patiently with a spoon or a small whisk until uniformly mixed.
2) Stir in remaining ingredients and mix well. Cover tightly and refrigerate. Let come to room temperature before serving.