On a trip to Thailand, travel blogger Jo caught a glimpse of this incredible rice paper sheet making technique.
“During a tour of the Klong Toey wet market, as part of a cooking class, we stopped to watch this lady making rice paper. I was so impressed with the skill and technique required I had to film it!” she wrote on YouTube, referring to Bangkok’s biggest fresh market.
She spreads the gooey dough onto the hot plate, and pulls off the excess in one swift motion. The woman does this so quickly it’s a bit mesmerizing to watch.
The gooey dough she spins around in her hand is made of rice flour, potato starch, salt, and cold water. After mixing, the consistency is something like thick white glue.
The dough dries and sticks to the hot plate as she touches it against the high temperature surface, which is why she has to work fast. Once the paper puffs up and the water steams, it’s about ready to be peeled off—ready to be filled with noodles and pickled vegetables and hoisin sauce.
Watch the video here: