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!!
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...
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:
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.
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.