There are several types of rice paper and of course, it has multiple uses. In this article, we will mention some of them, both inside and outside the kitchen.
In the food industry, there is an edible, thin, starchy paper that is used to wrap Vietnamese finger foods. Often times this food wrapping paper is referred to as rice paper or nem wrappers. This paper can be made from rice starch, but other ingredients such as tapioca starch, milk, and bananas can be added for flavor and texture. However, there are several other uses for rice paper.
1.- Crafts with rice paper
Rice paper is a very versatile material. Its texture and thickness can be used for crafts and decoration projects, such as decoupage or paper lanterns.
2.- Edible rice paper
You can use it for wrapping some crispy Vietnamese or Thai spring rolls or making sweets with layers of chocolate rice paper.
3.- Chinese calligraphy
Rice paper is the essential support for the ancient art of Chinese calligraphy. This traditional practice requires high-quality brushes, ink, and, above all, rice paper with a specific thickness and texture.
4.- Home decor
Japanese door screens are often made of rice paper. It is a translucent material, which diffuses light and shadows but still allows a lot of light through.
If you prefer to use it in the kitchen, try our rice paper rolls with delicious beet hummus.