Fire Breathing Shrimp Mango-Tango Rice Paper Wraps

Kung Hei Fat Choi (wishing you prosperity) Sweet Hearts!!

It’sĀ ChineseĀ new year – it’s the year of the dragon and we should celebrate!!

*yahooo*

It’s the first day of a fifteen day long celebration filled with family – friends – huge feasts, parades, gorgeousĀ lanternsĀ and bright colours.

And though I’m notĀ Chinese,Ā nor versed to any extent in Chinese culture – any day I get to wear a cute dress, sit around the table to eat tons ofĀ AsianĀ inspired food, Ā and be joined by Ā those I care about most – – that’s a pretty snazzy day.

Growing up,Ā ChineseĀ new year was a huge deal while attending school.

We were all responsible to wear red for good luck, we wouldĀ receiveĀ little red envelopes with a coin inside, paper lanterns were made, the older students would wear a traditional dragonĀ costumeĀ and run though the halls and at the end of the day, without fail there would be fireworks.

I was pretty lucky, I attended a really cool elementary school that Ā triedĀ extremelyĀ hard to foster educating students on different cultures and customs. At that age, it was GREAT!! A day with not much school work – tons of fun games and fireworks!! – – how can you go wrong when you’re ending your school day with fireworks?!?!

It

was

AWESOME!!

So good looking kiddies, Let’s celebrate!!

And to start this party off….

Fire Breathing Shrimp Mango-Tango Rice Paper Wraps.

They’re light – fresh – bright – easy peasy and most importantly they are yuuummmmyyy!!

Add this little number to your day, and you’ll be sure to have your friends and family popping over to see how your celebrating the year of the dragon.

Fire Breathing Shrimp Mango-Tango Rice Paper Wraps

yields 10 wraps

10 Rice Paper Sheets

10 Leaves of Ā Romain Lettuce

1/2 Red Onion, thinly sliced

1 Medium Carrot,Ā shredded

1/2 Mango thinly sliced into strips (julienned)

3/4 Cup Shell-less Medium Sized Shrimp ~ approximately 20 pieces.

2 Tbsp Fresh Thyme, finely chopped

1/2 Tbsp DriedĀ Savoy spice

1/2 Tbsp Salt

1/2 Tbsp Sriracha Hot Sauce

1/4 Tbsp DriedĀ Parsley

1/2 Tbsp Onion Powder

1/2 Tbsp Black Pepper

1 Tbsp Fresh Ginger

Shallow dish, or deep bottomed plate filled with warm water

Directions:

In a medium sized bowl mix together shrimp, thyme, savoury, salt,Ā srirachaĀ hot sauce ( feel free to use more or less, it all depends on howĀ dragon-like, you’re willing to go ;)), driedĀ parsley, onion powder, black pepper and fresh minced ginger. Allow toĀ marinateĀ while all otherĀ ingredientsĀ are being prepared.

Look at that shrimp getting all hot and heavy!

Time to build these wraps!!

Have all of your ingredients arranged in an assembly line.

Assembly Order: Rice Sheets, water bath, lettuce leaves, mango strips, red onion slices, carrots,Ā marinatedĀ shrimp.

Let’s get this parrr-taaayy started!!

Working with one rice paper sheet at a time, soak in water bath until translucent and pliable. This should takeĀ approximatelyĀ 20 seconds on each side.

Next, layer 1 lettuce leaf on top of the wrap.

Now, add 4 or 5 strips of mango along the seam of the lettuce.

Layer a couple (3 or 4) sliced on onion on top of the mango.

And now, layer 2 tbsp of grated carrot atop of the onion.

Last but not least, add 2 pieces of the fire-breathing shrimp on top of your entire mound of yummy-ness.

Now, Let. It. ROOOLLL

Roll half of the rice paper wrap along the lettuce seam. Fold both sides of the wrap in, creating a rice paper wrap envelope.

Next, continue rolling in the direction of the seam of the lettuce until your wrap is well sealed.

Anndd

there

you

have

it.

Have a fantastic Monday & a wonderful Chinese New Year

Stay Sweet Cuties

xox

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