There was a time when you couldn’t go to a party or function and not be served Vietnamese rice rolls. We shouldn’t forget how great they are as finger food, as they are a lovely, fresh-tasting offering and will sit well if made ahead of time (put them on a tray and cover each layer well with plastic wrap). I have served these with a dipping sauce made from the duck juices and bones, which is full of flavour and delicious if you have the time, but if not, use nuoc cham, chilli sauce or similar for dipping.
Recipe Tag: grapefruit
If the octopus tentacles are spindly and thin, they won’t need a 24-hour brine – cut this back by 4 to 5 hours. Once cooked, the flesh should be tender but not mushy; the best way to check is to try a piece once it’s been steamed, as everyone likes octopus cooked a little differently, so find what is good for you. The mayo recipe makes more than is required, but it’s much easier to do a larger amount and the mayo is great combined with a little crème fraîche for a potato salad. A good amount of hot sauce is needed to lift the zestiness, and probably more salt than you think – trust your palate.