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Jan 8, 2007 07:42 PM

Seeking Best Cold Spring Rolls

Prefer Yonge and Bloor neighbourhood or Danforth.

The Spring Rolls ones have too much lettuce. I love the ones at Family Thai on the Danforth.

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  1. I assume you're seeking Thai cold spring rolls, but I personally prefer the Vietnamese cold spring rolls. Head over to Avenue and Bloor (Pho Hung) or Chinatown (any Vietnamese restaurant) and give the cold shrimp rolls (which usually also contain pork, mint or Thai basil, and vermicelli) a try. They are served with a hoisin-based peanut sauce.

    1. Out of your way, but I love the cold rolls at Golden Thai -- no lettuce, lots of cilantro.

      The cold rolls at Pi-Tom (Alexander St, 1 light south of Wellesley, east of Yonge) are good too --again, light on the lettuce.

      1. We love the ones at Krispy Rolls although its off your radar (Warden/Eglinton). Also Mango rolls.

        Not necessarily the best, but you can pick some up prepackaged in plastic wrap/polystyrene at Vietnamese Bahn mi stores on Spadina and in Scarborough's T&T plaza. Good for a snack or as appetizers.

        For a different type of cold roll, have you tried Poh Piah which is Singaporean cold rolls. Nothing like Vietnamese rolls, filled with what is called 'turnip' in Singapore but not the same as turnip here.

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        1. re: mellie

          Mellie, the Singaporean cold rolls sound interesting. Where can you get them?

          1. re: FlavoursGal

            Its a common hawker food in Singapore so most Malaysian Singaporean restaurants may feature it. FYI,there is peanut in it. In Scarborough, Gourmet Garden (food court in Brimley/Sheppard area) has a limited quantity on weekends only. I've tried to order it after 6 pm on Sat evenings and the owner apologised for selling out but said she would have more for Sunday, so order ahead or go early.
            I find GG's poh piah to be authentic in taste, which can't be said for a lot of Malaysian Singaporean food in GTA.

            1. re: mellie

              po piah are singa. grandmother makes them so damn good.
              GG's has good malay/nonya food. Satay Rio @ first markham does a good gado-gado, laksa, and nasi goreng. if you order malay style curry get it with coconut rice. it's a calorie fest, but it's amazing. The viet style po piah are also good, mi mi's as stated in a lower post does a great lettuce wrap-yourself version. lettuce wrapping is very common in many singaporean households. Also there a filipino style po piah that are fried with beef and carrot. wrapped in lettuce or padang leaf. it's also good, couple filipino places on St. Clair west make them for takeout.

          2. re: mellie

            Poh piah is a popular dish in any country with a fujian influence. There's a small place in chinatown centre on spadina that sells it, its in the basement right across from the elevators. the owner is vietnamese and the vietnamese name for po piah is bo bia i belive its 3 rolls for 2.50. po piah is actually really easy to make all you is a jicama (turnip) chinese sausage, eggs, peanuts, and dried shrimp. you make the eggs like for an omlette and then slice them up and you slice up the jicama and steam it with the chinese sausage. then you fry the dried shrimp and crush the peanuts. put everything on a plate and then get some hot water dip some rice paper in and wrap the ingredients together with lettuce in the rice paper.

          3. Thai House Cuisine...Queen St. E in the Beach...

            Great Cold Rolls and Amazing Spring Rolls!

            1. It's out of your way, but the Vietnamese restaurant on Dundas and Brock (I really should know the name, given that I eat there at least once a week) makes very nice fresh rolls. They have them with freshly barbecued warm pork, which is delicious.

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              1. re: andreas

                I love Mi Mi's on Gerrard East, close to logan on the north side. They do a huge platter with all the wrap ingredients and you roll yourself. More than enough for two people and they taste great.

                1. re: andreas

                  Pho Phuong. They serve my favourite salad rolls.