Rice paper is translucent edible “paper” consisting of white rice flour, tapioca flour, salt, and water. It’s used to make various rolls in Vietnamese cuisine.
Rice paper, Bánh tráng, bánh đa nem, rice crepes, rice wafers, or nem wrappers are edible sheets used in Vietnamese spring rolls and various dishes. It’s made of steamed and sun-dried rice batter and has a chewy texture from the addition of tapioca starch.
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What Is Rice Paper
Rice paper is an edible sheet that is used as a wrapper. It comes in different sizes, thicknesses, and shapes (round or square). The wrappers are usually gluten-free (check the ingredient list) and, like nori sheets, are used to wrap delicious filling ingredients.
What Does It Taste Like
It has a neutral and slightly rice flavor.
How To Use
Soak the sheets in cold water for a few minutes to reconstitute. It’ll become soft and pliable. Then pat dry with a paper towel and wrap.
Use the wrappers to make spring or fresh summer rolls/salad rolls, AKA Gỏi Cuốn. Wrap julienned vegetables, meats, boiled shrimp, tofu, mung bean sprouts, or rice vermicelli noodles. You could also use it as a pizza dough base by slathering sauces and toppings on top or deep fry broken pieces for rice paper chips.
How To Store
Once opened, keep away from moisture and humidity. It’s best to store opened bags in an airtight container or ziplock bag.
Recipes Using Rice Paper
How To Choose The Best
I highly recommend the Three Ladies brand. It doesn’t become hard after several hours and each roll can be easily separated without tearing or sticking.
Where To Buy
Find it at Asian supermarkets, specialty food stores, or online like Amazon.