Vietnamese Spring Rolls Recipe
Choose these zingy, fresh, low fat spring rolls with a taste of Asia for lunch – the whole grain noodles combined with the protein from the chicken will help keep you going until dinner time
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- Heat the rapeseed oil in a frying pan and fry the vegetables for 1-2 minutes, allow to cool.
- Mix together the chicken, noodles, herbs and stir fry vegetables with the soy and fish sauces.
- Place the wrappers one at a time into hot water until soft and pliable (10 -15 seconds). Remove the wrappers and lightly blot on a dry, clean tea towel.
- Place equal amounts of the filling in the centre of each wrapper.
- Fold over the bottom and the sides and roll wrapper upwards to form a neat roll shape.
- Serve with additional soy sauce.
- Vegetarian option: replace the chicken with shredded lettuce and spring onion, or swop the chicken for cooked and peeled prawns if you eat fish.