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Vegan Rice Paper Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

These Vietnamese vegan rice paper rolls make a fantastic healthy lunch or dinner. Accompanied with a spicy peanut sauce, it will certainly please the family or friends.
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Vietnamese
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people + extra
Calories 885kcal
Author Scruff

Ingredients

  • 250 gm rice vermicelli (dong guan)
  • 500 gm Fresh cooked tofu (from Asian groceries) or raw firm tofu (Note 1)
  • 1 rice paper (20)
  • spicy peanut dipping sauce

Salad

  • medium carrots, grated
  • 1 continental cucumber, cut into strips
  • 1/2 medium lettuce head, shredded
  • 6 sprigs Thai basil (optional)
  • 10 sprigs coriander (optional)
  • 150 gm bean sprouts

If Using Raw Firm Tofu

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil (may need extra)

Instructions

Spicy Peanut Sauce

Preparing the Filling

  • Wash and prep the vegetables and herbs then place on a plate. Leave the coriander and Thai basil whole
  • Add water to a large pot and bring to the boil.
  • Add the rice vermicelli noodles and cook as directed by the packaging. Once cooked, drain and leave aside to cool.
  • If you are using cooked tofu then cut into slices then skip to step 8. If you are using raw firm tofu, then roughly cut it into 10 cm long x 2.5 cm width and 0.5 cm thick slices.
  • Using a paper towel, pat dry the tofu then add 1 cup of cornstarch into a large bowl and dust each slice with a thin layer of cornstarch.
  • Add 4 tbsp of vegetable oil into a fry pan on medium high and cook the tofu for 1.5 mins on each side. Each slice of tofu must be sitting in oil, so add more oil if needed.
  • Once cooked, place on a cooling rack to drain.

Assembly

  • In large bowls add half cold water and half boiling water. Soften the rice paper by submerging it for a few seconds in the water. (Slideshow in this post)
  • Place the noodles towards the bottom of the rice paper.
  • Top with the vegetables and tofu.
  • Roll the rice paper from the bottom upwards.

Notes

  1. Fresh cooked tofu are usually sold in plastic packaging at your Asian groceries. It is stored in the fridge section and has a slight golden colour. The brand I prefer to use is Nhu Quynh. 
  2. It is important that you use peanut butter with no added salt. This is because if you don't, the sauce will become too potent and strong once you mix all the other ingredients in. 
  3. If you have adults or children who can not take heat, then try the hoisin dipping sauce version in the linked post.

Nutrition

Calories: 885kcal | Carbohydrates: 147g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 694mg | Potassium: 438mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 6371IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 254mg | Iron: 6mg