Ever since I made these Salad Rolls I have had this Northern Pikes’ song in my head! I fits perfectly with this foodie disaster.
I wanted to try making salad rolls with rice paper because I have never worked with it before. I bought a package and my mom got me all freaked out by saying, did you get the good kind? The bad kind are horrible! Um….I had no idea! That kind of stricken me with foodie fear and they went into my cupboard and disappeared for a while. Yes, I get intimidated all the time. New stuff is intimidating but I knew it was time, time to bring them out of the cupboard.
First I chopped up all the vegetables that would make the filling: carrots, orange pepper, napa cabbage, green onions, bean sprouts and parsley. I decided not to use king crab just in case they were a disaster, I used the fake crab which unlike a lot of people, I like and eat all the time. My wallet has confirmed this was a very wise decision.
So if you want to try making salad rolls from rice paper, this is what the package looks like. Make sure they are all in one piece, not broken.
You dip the rice paper in warm water for five to ten seconds which will soften it, it does look cool, doesn’t it?
The problem was not with the rice paper, I did not mind the wrap at all. The problem was with the recipe. The dipping sauce was citrus-based which I normally do not like but I tried it just in case and nope, did not like it. I used regular sweet and sour sauce which usually makes everything taste good and nope, still did not like it.
When I examined what it was that I actually hated was the components inside that were too strong: green onions, parsley and peanuts. They completely overwhelmed the dish and instead of it coming together like a cohesive salad, all I could taste were painfully strong components! I can honestly say I hated this dish.
I know there are delicious salad roll recipes out there and I have a lot of rice paper leftover so if you have a recipe you would like to recommend, I would appreciate a link.
I will not despair. I will not give up. Bring on to the next foodie challenge!