Spring Roll Wrappers (also known as rice paper, rice paper rounds, spring roll skin, edible rice paper, wraps, banh trang or summer roll wrappers) are used in both Vietnamese and Thai cuisine for preparing fresh or fried spring rolls. Marked with a cross-hatched pattern, the dry circular wrappers are thin, brittle, and opaque. This large size wrapper (12" diameter) is popular for making long spring rolls suitable for slicing into rounds.
White rice is the main raw material used for rice paper production. The rice powder is mixed with tapioca flour to make the rice paper glutinous and smooth. The flour and water batter is spread thinly on conveyor belts, steamed, and then transferred onto bamboo frames. The lengths of rice paper are then sun-dried, ventilated and finally cut into circles, squares, or rectangles and packaged for retail. (Source: Chanh Khang, Rice Paper Manufacturer, Vietnam)
Rice paper is easy to prepare. Submerge the rounds into a plate of shallow water a minute or less just to soften, one at a time. Be careful not to over soak or the paper will start to disintegrate. Gently remove and roll up with cooked ground meat or other protein and shredded vegetables and herbs. Note that it is important to apply a little pressure, as you roll, to ensure that the roll is firm and tight.
Uncooked Spring Rolls are called poh pia saht and can be stuffed with Chinese sausage, cucumber, tofu and omelet and served with a dipping sauce. Spring Rolls fried in oil are called poh pia tawt and usually are stuffed with bean thread noodles and fresh shrimp or pork. For a lower calorie version fry in a non-stick pan until golden brown and bake in the oven until crisp. Serve with Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce or Hoisin Sauce.
Low in calories and fat and high in protein, but easy and quick to prepare spring roll wrappers are a great addition to the Western diet. Made from rice and tapioca flour, with no wheat products, those on a gluten-free diet will appreciate this ingredient.
Store in a well sealed container out of direct sunlight for up to one year. (Size: 12 inch diameter, approximately 35-40 pc per package)
Also see small 6" Spring Roll Wrappers; medium 8.5" Spring Roll Wrappers and also by the Case Spring Roll Wrappers 12" .
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