In general I am not really the kind of person who likes to make long preparations for dinner, half an hour max, normally a quick wok, salad, a 15-minute pasta or something I an easily put together and let set in the oven is what I tend to go for. But sometimes I do enjoy cooking with longer preparations, if I know the result will be good.
There are most likely hundreds of ways and variations on how to make these, some more correct than the other; here's how I make mine:
I buy my rice roll sheets from an asian store in Tapiola; you get a huge pack for just 2,50e. (Some supermarkets stock ready-to-make sets too but at a higher price and with much less content, so I recommend visiting the ethnic supermarkets!). You can make rolls similar to these by rolling the filling in big lettuce leafs too. Hell, you can just skip the rolling and make this a salad!
Set everything up in order so working will be easy for you. Take one pot with hot, boiled water and another one with cold water for the rice paper.
Soak the rice paper in hot water for a while first, then dip it in the cold water and place on your working surface. I find it's best to do the rolls one-by-one, putting a new paper to soak while I roll the previous one. If you do many rolls you might want to change both waters in between and heat the hot one up again.
I've seen lots of nicely folded open rolls but for me the easiest way to roll is to do a tight closed one, which also turns out looking fairly decent:
Place your filling on top of the paper. Don't be greedy and put too much - well that's what I always do with everything that should be folded or rolled- but with these ones you can put pretty much though, as the rice paper will stretch a bit.
Fold the top over and roll around once, then fold and tuck the sides inwards and roll the rest up.
You can stretch the paper a bit so that you get a firm roll, but watch out so that you don't break it though.
Ta-da, roll done!
I sprinkle my rolls with natural sesame seeds before serving.
That's it! Eat and die the happy food death!