For an easy-assembly meal, you don’t necessarily have to measure out the toppings. In fact, you can just put all of the packets and containers on a table and sprinkle in as much (or as little) as you’d like, or put them all into small bowls for a DIY-bar. The recipe is easily scalable for more people, too.
- Mix together all of the ingredients in a glass bowl. Taste as you go, adding more or less of each ingredient depending on your preference of acidity, saltiness, and spice.
- Using a set of kitchen shears, cut the sheets of rice paper into 1/2-inch-wide strips. Some pieces will be longer than others, but make sure none are more than 3 inches long.
- Equally split the strips of rice paper into two bowls, then pour about 1/2 cup of nuoc mam in each bowl. With chopsticks (or your hands), mix the strips of rice paper around, coating them with nuoc mam so that the rice paper softens.
- Add the toppings to each bowl, then give it another good mix to distribute. Add a burst of lime juice and additional nuoc mam to dress the salad to your liking.
Tatiana Bautista is a freelance writer based in New York.