Tiffin Tuesday: Summer Rolls

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Posted by Petra Hildebrandt

One of my favorite finger foods and hot weather foods are Vietnamese summer rolls, and - although they are, unfortunately, not really a quick fix - they are perfect for a bento box:

I made Mango Shrimp Summer Rolls for dinner last night, so I had some leftovers tucked away under a damp towel in the fridge, which does make prep a snap. But even if you have to do all the chopping it is worth the hassle, because summer rolls are one of the most versatile leftover using recipes ever. As long as you have a few fresh herbs and rice paper rounds on stock, go wild and chop up veggies, protein, even fruit as in the mango rolls (a sweet version with mango and coconut-milk soaked rice noodles may be worth a try). Yes, they are better eaten fresh, but they withhold travel in a lunch box easily and with a dipping sauce in a container on a side they make a full meal in a wrap.

In addition to the shrimp-and-mango-noodle-rolls we made leftover-beef and carrot/cucumber rolls, with a little chile powder on top to add spicyness. Without noodles they do not wrap as beautifully, but look nice and taste very good. The radishes add color and crunch.

This is the whole box for today - the other compartment features cape gooseberries and an organic chocolate bar, plus the dipping sauce in a small bottle:

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This Post was written by Petra from FoodFreak


The hardest part about making summer rolls is prepping the filling -- so I like to keep containers of various little things -- shredded lettuce and carrots, cooked noodles, leftover shrimp, etc. -- in the fridge, and then it's a snap to make the rolls. These are my favorite thing to eat in the summer.

April 29, 2008 at 11:22:00 PM GMT+2  

I'm crazy about summer rolls/spring rolls. They're even more fun when someone else does the prep work and many people join in to make them. Yours look really delicious.

giz said...
April 30, 2008 at 3:36:00 AM GMT+2  

goodness me. I like the idea of mango in the wrap. Very summery!!

daphne said...
May 1, 2008 at 4:06:00 AM GMT+2  

what do you use to wrap the rolls? is it a fresh or dreid product?

Anonymous said...
May 1, 2008 at 9:23:00 PM GMT+2  

Oh yes! These certainly are the way to go. What I like about rolls is you can use anything that has been left over. Lovely lunchbox Petra!

Meeta K. Wolff said...
May 14, 2008 at 9:03:00 PM GMT+2  

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