Vietnamese Summer Rolls
1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
1 teaspoon minced garlic
4 oz chicken, cut into strips
1 cup grated carrot
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 cup bean sprouts
2 scallions, cut into lengthwise slivers
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons roughly chopped peanuts (optional)
4 sheets rice paper wrappers
Combine the first six ingredients and set aside as a dipping sauce.
Prepare the other ingredients and set them out on your work surface. Set out a bowl of hot water and a clean kitchen towel.
Put a rice paper wrapper into the water for about 10 seconds, just until soft (don't let it become too soft; it will continue to soften as you work). Lay it on the towel.