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Fresh Spring Rolls

vicsailgarden Jun 11, 2007 02:21 PM

Indochine (Thai) in Federal Way makes the VERY BEST fresh (not fried or baked) spring rolls EVER! Unfortunately I no longer spend much time down there as I live in Seattle. Does anybody know where you can get knock-out fantastic FRESH spring rolls here in Seattle. Thanks!

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    zoogrrrl Nov 28, 2007 06:39 PM

    If you want to make your own, as bethwick suggests, my favorite recipe is from Tyler Florence. The julienned vegies are mixed with the rice noodles and seasoned before wrapping. Including beets gives the rolls a wonderful color. http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

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      vicsailgarden Jun 13, 2007 08:39 PM


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        vicsailgarden Sep 30, 2007 02:04 PM

        We went to Green Leaf last night for about the 3rd time ... as always the fresh spring rolls, both vegie and with shrimp (we always get one of each!) are fantastic. I am so glad for the tip. Also the food there in general is a cut above, as is the wait team. Thanks everyone for this tip!

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          mrnelso Sep 30, 2007 06:12 PM

          Tamarind Tree, for great fresh rolls

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            mrnelso Oct 1, 2007 07:39 PM

            But I got an order at Green Leaf today and they were on par with TT
            lunch was an order of fresh rolls (pulled pork variety). Bo La Lot, and lemongrass fried tofu. I am still stuffed...

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        christy319 Jun 12, 2007 09:03 AM

        The ones at Green Leaf and Tamarind Tree are very similar and absolutely fabulous (they both have a crunchy center that is SOOOO good). Heads and tails above any I've ever, ever had (I do remember liking Bambuza, though, just not quite as much). I've given up getting them anywhere else-it's unbelievable how many places serve rolls with un-fresh shrimp and then just iceberg lettuce and rice noodles-no herbs or anything. I ordered some at Pho Cyclo recently, took one bite, and left the rest. Blech.

        Though I see the ones you like were thai, which might be a little different than the Vietnamese ones we're talking about. I've never actually had good fresh rolls in a thai restaurant.

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          eternalX Jun 12, 2007 02:17 PM

          Because of what I've read on this board in the last two weeks regarding Green Leaf, I went today. I had the veggie spring rolls and thought there were very good. I think it's just a rolled fried tortilla or wonton wrapper inside.

          But what was very good was my noodle bowl. I had the combination pork, chicken, shrimp, and fried egg roll and it was all delicious. It was better than Bambuza and as good if not better than my favorite, white-light bleached spot in White Center. I will definitely go back with the wife and try some other things

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            christy319 Jun 12, 2007 03:26 PM

            I think it's a rolled, fried spring roll wrapper. It's the same thing that Tamarind Tree uses. (Didn't the original chef at TT open Green Leaf?)

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              Lauren Jun 12, 2007 04:29 PM

              Unless they've changed, the ones I've had at TT didn't have the crunchy layer on the inside. I thought it was a fried (and salted, yum) wonton wrapper at Grean Leaf.

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                christy319 Jun 12, 2007 05:19 PM

                They have been in the standard/classic (whatever you want to call it-the one that they just call "spring roll", the one with shrimp) spring roll at TT since the beginning, and I had them most recently just last week. I have NOT had their other variations of their fresh spring roll, like the veggie/tofu version, so maybe those don't have it. That would be a shame.

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                  eternalX Jun 12, 2007 05:42 PM

                  On this topic, does anybody know of a place that serves popiah? They are sort of the Malaysian/Chinese (Peranakan) equivalent to the spring roll. We had some in Singapore that were amazing, but have never seen them since.

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                    Lauren Jun 13, 2007 08:36 AM

                    I bet that's it. I think we ordered the veggie version.

              2. re: eternalX
                howard 1st Jun 12, 2007 11:52 PM

                the crunch inside the roll consists of the leftover crusty rice that adheres to the sides of the rice cooker and is considered a delicacy - the vegetarian version at tamarind tree is one of the best in town

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                  christy319 Jun 13, 2007 09:32 AM

                  Its very clearly not rice-you can take it out and see that it's a single rolled up wrapper of some kind (spring roll, wonton).

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              magfoodguy Jun 11, 2007 06:47 PM

              The ones at Green Leaf are divine with something crunc hy in them.

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                mrnelso Jun 11, 2007 10:25 PM

                We liked the fresh-rolls at Tamarind Tree so much, Tham delivered a platter of them to include in our reception fare. Fried tofu sticks, fabulous greens, bean thread. Wonderul presentation. We've had many around here and these are still at the top of our list. Good dipping sauce, too.

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                  equinoise Jun 12, 2007 03:05 PM

                  I agree with mrnelso and others. Something textural sets Tamarind Tree's rolls apart.

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                Bethwick Jun 11, 2007 02:48 PM

                I really like the spring rolls at Chincoise in QA. This is also something that is fairly easy to make yourself once you have the right ingredients.

                1. eternalX Jun 11, 2007 02:37 PM

                  I like Bambuza. A lot of people like Green Leaf, I just haven't been yet.

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