This is what happens when you buy an enormous Whole Salmon on a Sunday, particularly when you cannot abide throwing food away. Actually this use of leftover Salmon worked out well, because it was pretty hot today. I suggested making a Quiche but D did not want to turn on the stove.
You can buy all these ingredients in any Asian section of a supermarket or Asian foodshop. The wrappers would normally be in the same aisle as the dried rice noodles. They look like clear, semi-translucent discs. They are super easy to prepare though a bit tricky to manipulate but that is half the fun. We don't prepare them all and sit down. We like to do them Taco style with all the stuffings out and the wrappers stacked up next to a pie plate filled with warm water. Well, I like do it that way. D would probably support my making all 6-8 rolls to sit down too.
The only prep work you need to do is wash and chop some of the vegetables and soak the vermicelli noodles. You can make a Dipping Sauce of the same marinade for the noodles below and add some chilis or Chili Flakes.
Our stuffings were:
- Cooked BBQ Salmon from Sunday July 25th's post
- Washed fresh Basil
- 1 Carrot, grated
- 1 Cucumber, julienned
- Chilis (optional)
- Other dipping options include Peanut Sauce
Vermicelli Noodles for Cold Wraps
2 bunches Bean Thread aka Cellophane aka Rice Vermicelli Noodles
(the packages normally come with individual sized portions about the size of a tennis ball)
1 T Thai Fish Sauce
1 T Rice Wine Vinegar
1 t Mirin (optional)
Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Boil the Noodles for 2-3 minutes max. I know some people say just soak them. I find them WAY WAY too chewy that way. Upto you to experiment and discover. Drain immediately and shock with Cold Cold water in the strainer until the noodles are cool to the touch. The noodles are thin so you should use a seive.
Drain well, press with your hand to get rid of alot of the moisture. The noodles will continue to absorb. Take some scissors and run through the noodles a couple of times. You could do this before boiling but they are difficult to cut when dry. It makes biting into a roll much easier.
Toss with the Fish Sauce and Vinegar and set aside.