rice paper


Definition of rice paper

1 : a thin papery material made from the pith of a small Asian tree or shrub (Tetrapanax papyriferum) of the ginseng family also : a thin paper made from various usually Asian plants (such as the paper mulberry)
2 : a paper-thin sheet of dough made from rice flour and tapioca that is usually used to wrap a filling (as of minced vegetables or ground meat) Ground pork, carrots, onions and cellophane noodles are wrapped so that the green vegetables show through the translucent white rice paper.— Donna Hilts

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And of all his legendary creations, the Akari rice paper lighting line is arguably the most timeless, beautiful, and versatile. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "The Under-$10 Trend That Looks Expensive," 4 Apr. 2019 Elevators rise to the 33rd floor, where the soaring reception feels infinite—rough-hewn stone blocks rise up, and up, toward a 4,500-square-foot opening lined with washi rice paper. Keith Flanagan, Condé Nast Traveler, "35 Best Hotels in Tokyo," 28 Feb. 2018 Late this year, Nystrup-Larsen hopes to stage his first solo exhibition, in Copenhagen, which will feature a series of large iron lamps inspired by rice paper lanterns. James Clasper, New York Times, "Artist to Know: the Danish Sculptor Making Objects for Noma," 13 June 2018 Fujiko Shiraga, wife of the paint-by-feet Kazuo Shiraga, is represented by five-foot-high drawings of layered rice paper that the artist has scratched with her fingernails or torn in different ways. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Japanese Gutai in the 1950s: Fast and Fearless," 14 June 2018 Wrap matchsticks of tofu with vegetables in rice paper for a Vietnamese spring roll. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "How to start teaching your kids to cook: an age-appropriate guide," 12 June 2018 The cake’s wings, for instance, were made from edible rice paper, hand-dipped in edible gold paint, which Phillips painstakingly attached, faux feather by faux feather, to the structure. Elisa Ludwig, Philly.com, "Mount Airy bakers' attention to detail is icing on the cake," 30 May 2018 The walls around here are like rice paper, and whatever your neighbor does on his side may as well be done right in front of you. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Judgement and Epiphany on Pittsburgh’s Number 79 Bus," 11 May 2018 The shrimp summer rolls ($4.40, unfried spring rolls in Vietnamese dining parlance) were perfectly supple, with soft rice paper encasing the lettuce-heavy cylinders. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "It's difficult to choose a favorite dish at the impressive Thai Orange | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of rice paper

1810, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rice paper

from its resemblance to paper made from rice straw

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English Language Learners Definition of rice paper

: a type of thin paper that is made from an Asian plant
: a food that looks like paper and that is used for wrapping other foods

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