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To make fresh spring rolls from scratch, you'll need a package of large dried rice wrappers (also known as "rice paper"). For your fillings, choose cooked shrimp, chicken, turkey or whatever fires your imagination. Vegetarians can substitute baked tofu or seitan. You'll also need fish sauce or soy sauce to enhance the flavor. Have on hand separate bowls of coriander leaves, sweet basil, cucumber sticks, grated carrots and bean sprouts.Continue to 2 of 9 below.
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Have a Bowl of Hot Water at the Ready
Fill a large bowl half full of hot water (but not scalding, as you will have to dip your fingers in it). Place bowl and rice wrappers on a clean working surface such as a cutting board.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
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Soften Rice Wrappers by Dipping Them in the Hot Water
Take out one of the rice wrappers and place it in the bowl of hot water. You may have to gently press the wrapper down into the water. The rice paper will soften in approximately 30 seconds.
When the wrapper is soft enough to eat (these rolls do not require cooking), remove from water and place on the clean work surface.Continue to 4 of 9 below.
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Place a Few Slices of Chicken Near the End of the Wrapper, Then Add Cucumber
Always working horizontally, place slices of the chicken (or tofu/wheat gluten) toward the end of the wrapper. Now add some of the cucumber sticks on top.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Fold Over Bottom of Rice Paper
Begin to roll by folding the bottom portion of rice paper over the ingredients.Continue to 7 of 9 below.
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Lift Side of Wrapper and Fold Over
Continue by lifting the right side of the wrapper and folding it over the ingredients.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
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Complete the Roll by Folding Over Top Side
To complete the roll, fold top side down, OR roll the spring roll forward until at the end of the rice paper. Try to keep your folding/rolling as tight as possible. The ingredients should appear at one end to create an "open" type of fresh roll. To secure the roll, simply dip your fingers in a little water and wet the end flap, then press to seal.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Place in a Bowl and Serve With Dipping Sauce(s)
Place upright in a bowl (like a bouquet), or on a platter. Serve with hoisin sauce and/or Thai Sweet Chili Sauce (available at most large supermarkets in the Asian section, or in Asian/Chinese food stores). Or serve with this Thai peanut sauce recipe. These fresh rolls pair well with a cold lager, or a glass of chilled white wine.