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Saturday, November 26, 2005

Chicken salad rice paper rolls



The other night we had Thai Beef Salad for dinner, so tasty and deliciously tempting that I ravenously grabbed my fork instead of the camera.

The next day the leftover bunches of mint, basil and coriander beckoned from the fridge with their summery clean freshness. Inspiration struck in the form of a Vietnamese-style chicken salad.

Cooked chicken thighs were pulled apart roughly and mixed with a rainbow of shredded cabbage, carrot and a leftover red capsicum. The green brigade of mint, basil and coriander were chopped coarsely and mixed though and a dressing of soy, fish sauce, fresh chilli and lime juice completed the party.

Then a lightbulb appeared and rice paper sheets became part of the festivities. A spoonful of salad (drained of excess dressing) rolled up in a softened rice paper sheet and served with a sauce of hoisin, peanut butter and lots of chilli sauce.

I made half my salad into rice paper rolls; the rest I ate out of a bowl with chopsticks, a handful of roasted peanuts on top for extra crunch. Yum.


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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 11/26/2005 09:40:00 pm


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  • At 11/27/2005 12:34 am, Blogger OsloFoodie said…

    Hi AG, this is one recipe that I would happily let someone else do for me. I love rice paper rolls anything (with a nice dipping sauce) but finely shredding vegetables usually drives me a little crazy. That said, don't you just love hoisin sauce? I could eat the stuff right out of a jar.

     
  • At 11/27/2005 10:33 am, Blogger Mona said…

    Wow, what great pictures. And this is just the type of food I'm in the mood for now. So sick of turkey and potatoes from our Thanksgiving feast. Wish I had known you were visiting NY-would have helped w/ the restaurants sooner had I known.

     
  • At 11/27/2005 4:33 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi OsloFoodie - I always chop my veggies in front of the television =) Makes the time pass that much easier. You can get it done in no time.

    And yes, hoisin sauce is yum. Like thick salty caramel =)

    Hi Mona - Aww thanks. And I so wish I'd been in NYC for the Thanksgiving Day Parade!

    It's not too late for retaurant advice! I'll be planning my NYC tour one meal at a time! =)

     

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