Foodie Friday: These fresh and tasty rice paper rolls are guaranteed to impress in your new kitchen.


  • 14 thin lemongrass stalks
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 small chilli, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 600g good-quality rump beef, thickly minced
  • 200g pork mince
  • vegetable oil
  • 12 dried rice paper rounds


  1. Remove the tough outer leaves of the lemongrass. Take two stalks and finely chop the white part only. Trim the hard green tops from the remaining stalks and discard.
  2. Using a mortar and pestle, pound the chopped lemongrass, garlic, chilli, sugar and pepper. Stir in the fish sauce to create a marinade.
  3. Place the beef, pork and marinade in a mixing bowl, then knead until all ingredients have combined well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. With wet hands, divide the mixture into 12 portions and roll each into a sausage shape. Carefully thread onto each lemongrass stalk and brush with a little oil. Heat a barbecue on medium and cook, turning every few minutes, until done (about 6-8 minutes).
  5. Serve on a platter along with the shredded vegetables, herbs and sauces. Place a bowl of warm water in the centre of the table to soften the rice paper.
  6. Remove the beef from the lemongrass stalks, place in the middle of a softened rice paper round, and add whatever vegetables, herbs and sauces you like to create your own roll.

Recipe: Good Food