Christmas is coming, although we don't celebrate it as much as we celebrate the Thai new year. Everyone in the west is wrapping parcels and in the Appon household we're wrapping chicken and seaweed parcels instead.
These parcels are wrapped in rice paper with a filling of chicken, onion and seaweed. You can see one cut open in the front of the photograph. Either serve them with the sauce poured over the top, or use the sauce as a dip for the parcels.
200 gms Chicken Breast
600 ml Water
1 Tablespoon Salt
1 Teaspoons White Pepper
4 Medium Onions
100 ml Oil
Ingredients for Sauce
2 Tablespoons Chopped or Crushed Peanuts
2 Tablespoons Fish Sauce
1 Teaspoon Salt
4 Tablespoons Palm Sugar
100 ml Water
1 Tablespoons Dried Flaked Chillies
1 Tablespoon Chopped Coriander Leaves
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1. First the sauce: Put 100ml of water into a small saucepan, add the palm sugar and bring to the boil.
2. Add fish sauce, salt, flaked chillies and boil for 1 minute.
3. Remove from the heat and add the chopped peanuts, coriander and lemon juice and leave the sauce to cool.
4. Next we will cook the chicken, put a saucepan of water on to boil. Add the salt and pepper.
5. Add the chicken breast and boil for 10 minutes, until it is cooked. Dice the chicken finely.
6. Put oil in a frying pan, slice the onions finely and fry them until golden brown.
7. Cut the seaweed sheets into thin short strips.
8. Soak the rice paper in warm water until it is soft. This takes only a few minutes. When you add the rice paper into the water, drop it in sheet by sheet, to keep the sheets separated. Don't just throw the whole packet in, in one go!
9. Take a sheet of the softened rice paper, put a little chicken, a little onion and a little seaweed and place them in the centre of the rice paper. Fold over the edges to wrap up the filling.
10. Serve the parcels with green salad vegetables, and the sauce.