Feast your eyes on one of food's tastiest creations - my mom's Vietnamese salad rolls. Go on, get jealous because if I were you, without my mom's authentic home cooking, I would be sad too.
Being the good little helper I am, I helped to roll these together for our lunch meal. The process is quite tricky because that thin rice paper you see that holds it all together needs to be dipped into hot water, quickly snatched up with your bare fingers and then placed on that neat pink round tool that prevents it from sticking onto any surface. My fingers go through some burning torture but it's all worth it in the end. I'm just a wuss, really.
What you see here are the golden ingredients. Some rice vermicelli, lettuce mixed with fresh basil and parsley, and a meat mixture of shrimp, Vietnamese ham, shredded pork and thin slices of pig skin (I'm pretty sure that's what it is). YUM! Dipped in my dad's famous 'vinegar fish sauce', this makes for a nice, light and satisfying lunch.