Kiwi brand julienne slicers are how you get the finely shredded pieces you see at Vietnamese and Thai restaurants. I am not a gadget fan. I do not derive any benefit from mentioning brand names. In fact, I'm pretty strongly opposed to doing it. But I'm doing it here. Because I love my little slicer. Ask for it at your local Asian grocer. It costs $5 and it takes up no room in the kitchen.