Easy as… Thai? Rice paper mini-logs with peanut sauce

Published: May 2, 2014
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The soft rice paper is filled with a collection of colourful, crunchy vegetables and meat, sealed together and served with a tantalising salty peanut dip, laced with mellow, sweet and sour flavours. PHOTO: SAADIA TARIQ

‘Thigh Land’ seems to be sinking and shrinking due to global fashion warning. Temperatures and expectations are running high and crossing the acceptable limits!

Whether it is achieving the vital statistics of 36-24-36, fitting into size zero skinny jeans, opting for a six-hour regimen at the gym or a four-day crash diet, it is all done in an often deep-rooted desire to fit the endorsements laid by the ever changing requirements of the fashion world. The desire to fit into the moulds that are modelled on ramps, slapped across newspapers and paraded on television is alarmingly on the rise.

And one of the most recent and alarming endorsements is the ‘Thigh Gap’. The age-old hourglass figure requirement now also includes shapely contoured thighs which are not allowed to touch each other. These perfect thighs are then adorned by fitted clothing (or not) so that the elongated almond shaped gap between them is even more evident.

The Thigh Gap Facebook page, thigh selfies on Instagram and thigh tweets on Twitter have certainly done well for social media as a whole.

Screengrab from Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/thighgaphack)

However, such horrific trivialities have also led to an increase in eating disorders, psychological diseases and last but not the least, low ebbs of self-esteem.

As for all those who find this absurd, they can let the fashionista-world stamp this out in their self-created, insidiously cruel world and we can certainly take a hop over to good, old Thailand.

So, here I am showcasing these little delicacies that are gentle on the thighs, incredibly simple to make, seductively easy to impress someone with and are called Rice Paper Mini Logs with Peanut Sauce.

The soft rice paper is filled with a collection of colourful, crunchy vegetables and meat (optional), sealed together and served with a tantalising salty peanut dip, laced with mellow, sweet and sour flavours.

Photo: Saadia Tariq

Sounds complicated? It really isn’t.

This is what you will need:

Ingredients for rice paper logs:

(Makes three logs)

Shrimp – 100 grams (12-15 small sized)

Rice noodles – 40 grams

Carrots – 20 grams (finely chopped)

Lettuce – 3 leaves

Rice paper – 3 (16 cm)

(Note: you can also add chicken instead of shrimps and/or thinly sliced cucumbers, bean sprouts and avocados)

Ingredients for peanut dip:

Peanut butter – 1 ½ tbsp (I used crunchy)

Honey – 1 tbsp

Soy sauce – 2 tsp

Rice vinegar – 2 tsp

Warm water – 2 tbsp

Method:

1. Steam the shrimps or plunge them in boiling water for 3-4 minutes. Take them out and dunk them in cold water immediately to prevent them from further cooking. Drain the water and set aside.

2. Follow the instructions on the packet to cook the rice noodles and set aside. With your lettuce leaves, chopped carrots and cooked shrimps at hand, you can now start preparing the rolls.

3. Carefully dip the rice paper in water, dunk it several times until it is soft but not squishy. With great care, lay the paper out on a board, line it with a lettuce leaf, lay the shrimp (or chicken) horizontally across the paper and do the same with the carrots.

4. Lift the edge of the paper closer to you and gently roll the logs away from you, ensuring at the same time that the filling is neatly folding in.

5. Seal the edges by lining them with slightly wet fingers. These rolls can be made ahead and covered with damp cloth until ready to serve. Slit sideways and serve with the peanut dip.

6. To make the peanut sauce, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, give it a thorough stir and it’s ready to serve!

Didn’t I say it was simple?

This sauce can also be made ahead. However, be warned that it will thicken in the refrigerator so warm it slightly before serving to make it more supple and dunkable.

Not only are these logs are easy to make, they are easy on the thighs too. Try them and I’m sure you’ll think so too!

Saadia Tariq

Saadia Tariq

The writer is a food consultant, blogger and food photographer. You can see her work on her website www.capturebyst.com, her Facebook page www.facebook.com/capturebyst or follow her on twitter @capturebyst (twitter.com/capturebyst).

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  • Parvez

    The little lettuce rolls look yummy……the picture of the thighs look sick, the poor girl is seriously undernourished.
    When one does the rounds of eating places ( even the expensive ones ) in Karachi……one gets to understand how really limited we are in variety…….there is soooo much scope here that it’s mind boggling.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Sorry Saadia I had a comment that lasted about 72 hours and then ET took it down possibly my comment on the legs in the picture being undernourished …did not sit right. ET could have at least let what I said about the lettuce roles stand…….to throw legs and lettuce out together , does seem harsh
    Lets see if this one gets through…..because I really like this frivolous section on this site……..ET please don’t chase me away.Recommend

  • Parvez

    I have commented twice……this is fun.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Thank you ET……..I’m on a roll here.Recommend

  • hassan

    Losing fat from the body is good but losing muscles from your legs is not a good idea, it can seriously damage your body.Recommend

  • Qaiser Habib

    nice blog, tastyRecommend