I love Vietnamese Food! When I think of Vietnamese Food I think of Fresh,Simple Food.
One of my Favorite recipes that my Husband's Family enjoys is a perfect choice for the Summer time. Yummy Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce.
You need to have Rice Paper and Rice Vermicelli noodles. Both can be found in Asian Markets and most Local Grocery Stores.
Now, as far as which protein to use, the sky is really the limit. We almost always have Halved Shrimp. But, we pair it up with Roasted Chicken or Seared Beef. This particular time we used Shrimp and Pork. The main thing to REMEMBER is to slice it as thin as possible. That way when you layer your ingredients on top of your Rice Paper it will stack nicely. :D
Okay, so here is what YOU do......First, take your round Rice Paper and dip it into a WARM bowl of water. Carefully rotate it to make sure it is evenly wet. Probably about 1 full minute in the water or bit less. This is what takes it from a Hard Shrinky Dink Type Paper to a soft, wrapable Circle. :D Lay it down on your plate, it may still be a tad hard, especially around the edges. Then you place some Lettuce, Mint, Cilantro and Cucumbers in a straight line....kind of like your making a Burrito! Then take a Pinch of noodles. My Kiddos like a lot of Noodles! I like more of the Veggies.
Next, grab your Protein of choice. I normally put 2 or 3 pieces of shrimp....which would equal 1-1 & 1/2 Shrimp and 2-3 slices of the other Protein. Then I'm all set to WRAP it Up!! Fold the Short sides up and Tightly Roll, just like a Burrito. Remember the Wrap is stretchy, so pull gently, but tight enough so that your Roll is not Sloppy!!
Enjoy Your Spring Rolls!!!!