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Serves 4 (8 rolls)
Takes about 45 minutes to make.
2 oz. dried bean thread noodles (cellophane noodles)
1 small carrot, cut into thin matchsticks (about 3/4 cup)
1 Kirby cucumber, halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut
into thin matchsticks (about 3/4 cup)
1 small fresh jalapeno, cut into thin matchsticks
1/4 cup rice vinegar (not seasoned)
1/4 tsp. sugar
1 Tbs. plus 3/4 tsp. fresh lime juice, divided
16 rice-paper rounds (also called galettes de riz ('rice cakes' in French);
about 8 inches in diameter) plus additional in case some tear
4 romaine leaves, each torn into 4 pieces
10 oz. packaged baked tofu, cut into 3-by-1/3 inch sticks
1 cup fresh bean sprouts
1/2 cup each of torn basil, mint, and cilantro leaves
(1 1/2 cups total)
1/3 cup hoisin sauce
2 Tbs. chunky peanut butter
2 Tbs. water
Soak noodles in a medium bowl of boiing hot water for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile--blanch carrot in boiling water until softened, about 45 seconds.
Rinse under cold water to stop cooking, then transfer to a small bowl along with cucumber, jalapeno, vinegar, sugar, 1 Tbs. lime juice, and 1/4 tsp salt.
Let stand 5 minutes.
Reserve 2 Tbs. liquid and drain pickled vegetables.
Drain noodles and rinse under cold water, then drain and pat dry.
Toss noodles with remaining 3/4 tsp. lime juice and snip with kitchen shears 5 or 6 times.
Fill a shallow pan or pie plate with warm water.
Soak 2 rice-paper rounds until they begin to soften, about 30 seconds, then let excess drip off and stack soaked rounds on a work surface so that they overlap by all but 1 inch on either side.
Put 2 pieces of romaine on bottom third round.
Top with one eighth of noodles (about 2 Tbs.), tofu (4 sticks), bean sprouts (about 2 Tbs.), herbs (3 Tbs.), and pickled vegetables (3 Tbs.).
Roll up tightly around filling, folding in sides. Make 7 more rolls in same manner.
Stir in hoisin sauce, peanut butter, water, and reserved 2 Tbs. pickling liquid.
Serve rolls with dipping sauce.
Note: Rolls and sauce can be made 4 hours ahead and chilled, rolls covered with damp paper towels and then plastic wrap.