Roll your own Vietnamese Spring Rolls in PHX?
In Denver, me and the wife loved a dish we found at most Vietnamese restaurants we visited (my fave, Thai Hiep in the Federal Center).
It was simply, a huge plate of fixins (including rice noodles, grilled pork/chicken/beef, sprouts, and various greens). They then brought out a boiling pot of water, some uncooked rice wrappers, and you wrapped up your own roll.
I haven't done an exhaustive search in Phx yet (only been to Avina's, in Glendale - good, athentic Vietnamese food, in a friendly mom-and-pop restaurant), and the dish wasn't like we like. They brought out the wrappers already cooked, and it just wasn't right.
Has anyone found good roll-your-own spring rolls in Phx (preferably North Phx)? I want the preperation where you cook your own wrappers in boiling water when you are ready for your next roll. This was a staple dish for us in Denver (at least once a week), so I need to locate this soon (to get my fix!).
I plan to try Da Ving this weekend. Hopefully they serve this dish. I have heard good things about this restaurant otherwise.
I've never seen this dish served this way in Phoenix - usually just the pre-prepared Spring Rolls. I know I had it in Philly this way - and enjoyed it.
I haven't seen a roll-your-own spring roll since I was in Dallas, and even that place closed in '98. I've been to a number places around the Valley and haven't seen any.
Too bad nobody knows of a place serving this dish. In Denver, every Vietnamese restaurant I went to, without exception, had this dish on the menu.
I guess I will chalk this up to regional differences. I will have to make this my special treat when I go to Denver.
THE SOUTH EAST CORNER OF ROSEVELT AND HAYDEN HAS THESE SPRING ROLLS THEY ARE SERVED WITH A PLUM SAUCE* ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!
This is new to me as well (and I used to live in Denver's Vietnam community and also near Little Saigon in SoCal).
Most places will bring just-cooked spring rolls, for example, and a plate of greens/veggies to build your own wrapped feast. But cooking the rice wrapper is a new spin.
It's almost like a Mexican place offering a chance to make a tortilla from scratch, or a taco shell. A few hound types will like it, but most folks want the end result.
I'm guessing if you ask the cooks/owners, they'll be happy to mix things up.