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What is it?
A thin, edible paper made from rice flour and water and used extensively in Southeast Asian cuisine.
Rice paper wrappers are very thin and delicate, with a texture similar to sheets of filo pastry. They're usually sold in circular sheets wrapped in plastic.
Because it has almost no flavour on its own, rice paper is like a culinary blank slate. It doesn't compete with any seasoning or flavours the filling may contain.
Rice paper is most commonly used as a wrapping for spring rolls, cigar-shaped tubes stuffed with savoury meats, poultry, seafoods and vegetables. They can be deep fried, baked or eaten fresh. Soaking rice paper sheets in warm water for 30 seconds, and then placing on a damp tea towel, will make them more pliable. Edible rice paper can be also used to make various types of cakes and rolls, which can either be stuffed with spicy and sweet fillings and baked, steamed, or fried.