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Vietnamese summer rolls?

Am having a major craving...the soft wrap, the herby crunch, the chewy pork/shrimp deliciousness... Wondering where the best/favorite gỏi cuốn can be found - Little Saigon, of course, but anywhere else you've had a good one, too. And the dipping sauce matters! Is it the fish/lime/chile sauce or the peanut stuff? Thanks!!

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  1. Just had great goi cuon in Gardena at Pho Hong Long. Peanut dipping sauce.


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    1. re: SauceSupreme

      Omigod, those are gorgeous...thanks! Can't wait to try!

    2. I live in the Garden Grove/ Westminster area and IMO the best place for spring rolls can be found at Brodard in Garden Grove. The restaurant is pretty well hidden but manages to keep a packed house, so that says a lot about the food. Here's the location http://www.yellowpages.com/sp/moreinf...

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      1. re: silverpathy

        Nem nuong cuon at Brodard are fantastic.

        1. re: SauceSupreme

          LeSaigon on Santa Monica Blvd, near Barrington. Pork& shrimp, or veggie. Also their cha gao (fried rolls) are first class.


      2. Definitely Brodard's, it's their specialty. They don't put rice noodles, but it's very tasty nem nuong (grilled pork) with lots of veggies and a fried tightly wrapped spring roll. Cruchy, cool, and porky goodness. The sauce more toned down than the usual blended fish sauce but thick and warm. It tastes of fish sauce but with maybe ground peanuts and hoisin?

        elmomonster did a great review on his blog. I hope this is ok with him:

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        1. re: groover808

          Elmomonster's review is a thing of beauty. Thanks for the link. Now I'm really psyched to go there.

        2. IMHO, it's the bi that makes or breaks a summer roll.. Ya gots to have the right combo of shredded meat to shredded skin to toasted rice powder ratio...

          Just the meat on its own leaves the roll a bit bland....

          And I am a peanut sauce girl, all the way.

          1. I hear nem nuong cuon at Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa in SGV is comparable to Brodard in Little Saigon if you don't want to take the trek to OC, and I've always thought that Brodard's rolls were without parallel.

            1. Brodard's (I know, it is repetative). But there are actually 2 locations to choose from in Garden Grove. The other is known as Chateau Brodard. They have pork and they have shrimp. You can even oder a combo of the two. I don't think that their sauce is peanut based, but rather, it does have a more savory flavor and does have meat in it as well.

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              1. re: justagthing

                At risk of an outcry, have you ever tried Typhoon's version? It's shrimp and the sauce is peanutty and fishy in a very delicious way. It's an option especially if you live in L.A./Santa Monica.

                1. re: Densible

                  Is it just shrimp or a shrimp paste?

                  1. re: justagthing

                    Whole shrimp wrapped with rice noodles, mint, basil, maybe a few more things. I did not detect shrimp paste but cannot say for sure. Probably not tres authentique but really delicious. The shrimp dumplings are also great-a whole shrimp enveloped in a shrimp/pork (?) paste . wrapped in a wonton skin and steamed.

                    1. re: Densible

                      the ones at Brodards is not whole shrimp, but rather like a shrimp meatball in an obong shape. There is so much more flavor in those, but then again, I prefer the pork ones, which is also more like a pork meatball, but long. They are more flavorful than the ones with the cooked shrimp or shreaded pork. I know they are totally different styles, but I so much prefer the more flavorful ones.

                      1. re: justagthing

                        Wait...not a whole shrimp but shrimp meatball? Fascinating. And a pork meatball? Wow. I may be in for a whole new kind of summer roll. Have only ever had variations on the classic whole shrimp/roast pork/noodle/mint/basil combo (once came across one with scrambled egg - eck). Am totally willing to try anything, though, and Brodard's sounds like the place. Can't wait to try it this weekend. You guys say the sauce isn't peanut but does have meat? Am intrigued...I have to admit I'm partial to the vinegary sauces - seems to work so much better with the fresh flavors of the roll. I'll report back on your great suggestions.

                        1. re: neobite

                          The sauce has crab in it, if I recall correctly.

              2. My favorite is at a little place on Valley and 6th or 7th. Unfortunately, they recently changed their name and I don't know what it is. Their sauce is amazing!! I cannot even begin to describe it. One of my Vietnamese friends took me there the first time and said that his wife keeps trying to replicate the sauce at home, but has been unsuccessful thus far! I believe it is kitty-corner from Noodle Planet (or is that World??!!). They also serve boba and it is indicated on the outside.

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                1. re: WildSwede

                  Noodle Planet sounds about right. Noodle World is on the corner of Garfield and Valley.