[Translator's note: the "rice paper" used here is not the same as the rice paper used in England under macaroons, it's sold in packs of thin round translucent wafers, rather like papadoms].
For 40 Chicken nems, you will need:
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).
Resting : 2 hours 5 min.
Cooking : 11 min.
Start to finish : 3 hours 51 min.
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Step by step recipe:
Soak 100 g dried chinese black mushrooms (shiitake) in cold water for about two hours.
Drain and dry. If they are not already in strips, cut into small pieces.
Wash, peel and grate 1 carrot.
Wash and thinly slice 1 leek.
Chop 1 bunch coriander .
Lightly cook 1 chicken breast in a little chicken stock.
Note: don't discard stock after cooking, it's going to be used for cooking the noodles.
Cut chicken into very small pieces.
Cook 100 g fine soya noodles one minute in chicken stock.
Drain and set aside.
In a large bowl, put everything you've prepared so far: mushrooms, carrot, leek, coriander, chicken, noodles, shallot and garlic.
Keep back a teaspoonful of grated carrot for the sauce.
Salt and pepper.
Mix everything well, the best way is to use both hands.
Note: This mixture can be made in advance, and kept in a sealed container in the fridge.
Get everything you need ready on your work surface:
Dip 10 rice paper sheets in cold water for about 5 minutes, to soften them.
Remove one softened rice paper sheet from water and place on the cloth.
Remove excess water on top with the cloth.
On the edge of the rice paper, put a tablespoon of mixture.
Roll sheet up around filling.
Midway across sheet, fold sides inwards.
And finish rolling to create a small roll, as neat and even as possible.
Make sure you keep the rice paper tight against the filling when rolling to exclude as much air as possible from the nem.
You nem is now ready, put it on the tray, and make the next one. Do this with all the filling.
You can see how to do it in this short video.
Prepare sauce: in a bowl mix 3 tablespoons soy sauce with 3 tablespoons of water and 3 tablespoons vinegar.
Add the remaining grated carrot and pepper generously.
Your sauce is ready.
To cook your nems, you can use a frying pan with a little oil in, or put them in a deep fryer (in which case they will be very crisp but fattier).
Serve with lettuce, fresh mint and sauce.
Remarks:You can vary your nems by repacing chicken with something else. You can also omit it totally to make vegetable nems.
Nems, cooked or not, can be frozen.
Source:JP in his time.
Last modified on: October 13th 2010