Chicken nems

Step by step recipe:

  1. 30 min.Chicken nems : Photo of step #1
    Rehydrate 100 g dried chinese black mushrooms (shiitake).

    Drain and dry. If they are not already in strips, cut into small pieces.

    Set aside.
  2. 15 min.Chicken nems : Photo of step #2
    Wash, peel and grate 1 carrot.

    Set aside.
  3. 10 min.Chicken nems : Photo of step #3
    Wash and thinly slice 1 leek.

    Set aside.
  4. 10 min.Chicken nems : Photo of step #4
    Peel and thinly slice 1 shallot and 1 garlic clove.

    Set aside.
  5. 2 min.Chicken nems : Photo of step #5
    Chop 1 bunch coriander .

    Set aside.
  6. 5 min.Chicken nems : Photo of step #6
    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.
  7. 5 min.Chicken nems : Photo of step #7
    Cut chicken into very small pieces.

    Set aside.
  8. 1 min.Chicken nems : Photo of step #8
    Cook 100 g fine soya noodles one minute in chicken stock.

    Drain and set aside.
  9. 3 min.Chicken nems : Photo of step #9
    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.
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    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.
  11. Chicken nems : Photo of step #11
    Rolling nems.

    Get everything you need ready on your work surface:
    • a big clean cloth
    • a dish of cold water
    • Rice paper sheets
    • a non-stick baking sheet for putting finished nems on
  12. 5 min.Chicken nems : Photo of step #12
    Dip 10 rice paper sheets in cold water for about 5 minutes, to soften them.
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    Remove one softened rice paper sheet from water and place on the cloth.
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    Remove excess water on top with the cloth.
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    On the edge of the rice paper, put a tablespoon of mixture.
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    Roll sheet up around filling.
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    Midway across sheet, fold sides inwards.
  18. 45 min.Chicken nems : Photo of step #18
    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.
  19. You can see how to do it in this short video.
  20. 5 min.Chicken nems : Photo of step #20
    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.
  21. 5 min.Chicken nems : Photo of step #21
    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).
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    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.

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