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Chicken nems

Chicken nems

Nems are probably the best known Far Eastern dish in France. These small crispy rolls can be made in different flavours: chicken, crab, pork, etc. Making your own is not very complicated, the only difficulty is in the rolling stage. You will find in this recipe full details on how to successfully make chicken nems.

[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].

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Last modified on: April 6th 2017

For 40 Chickens nems, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
1 hour 35 min.35 min.11 min.2 hours 21 min.
Preservation: Once cooked, a few minutes.
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Step by step recipe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drain and set aside.
1 min.
9 Chicken nems : Photo of step #9In 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.
3 min.
10 Chicken nems : Photo of step #10Mix 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 #11Rolling 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 Chicken nems : Photo of step #12Dip 10 rice paper sheets in cold water for about 5 minutes, to soften them. 5 min.
13 Chicken nems : Photo of step #13Remove one softened rice paper sheet from water and place on the cloth.
14 Chicken nems : Photo of step #14Remove excess water on top with the cloth.
15 Chicken nems : Photo of step #15On the edge of the rice paper, put a tablespoon of mixture.
16 Chicken nems : Photo of step #16Roll sheet up around filling.
17 Chicken nems : Photo of step #17Midway across sheet, fold sides inwards.
18 Chicken nems : Photo of step #18And 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.
45 min.
19 You can see how to do it in this short video.
20 Chicken nems : Photo of step #20Prepare 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.
5 min.
21 Chicken nems : Photo of step #21To 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). 5 min.
22 Chicken nems : Photo of step #22Serve 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.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
98263 gr142 gr18 gr
49 %24 %13 %3 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
886 gr13 gr2 gr
4 %2 %1 %<1 %
Per piece
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
241 gr3 gr0 gr
1 %1 %<1 %<1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 40 Chickens nems : 9.51 €
Per Chicken nems : 0.24 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: JP in his time.
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