We first had “fun rolls” (Vietnamese spring rolls) at The Vietnamese restaurant in Brisbane, where they bring the ingredients to your table and you make the tasty little parcels yourself – sharing a platter with your friends and inevitably getting a good giggle out of someone’s disastrous wrapping efforts.
They’re heaps of fun (who would have thought!), healthy and really simple – basically, moistened rice paper wrapped around fresh chopped vegetables with the option of pork, prawns or whatever meat filling you fancy. Many supermarkets carry the rice papers, otherwise try a supermarket that specialises in Asian or international food. Ditto the vermicelli rice noodles.
If there’s one filling ingredient we’d specify as a “must” it’s crunchy, fresh bean sprouts.
The dipping sauce can be satay, sweet chili, or maybe something spicy made with fish and soy sauce, chili, garlic and lime juice. You really do need a dipping sauce – they’re a bit bland to eat on their own.
Prawn on sugar cane is a Vietnamese classic and our FAVOURITE fun roll filling. But that’s for another episode …