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Spring Rolls (not fried)

elbows Jan 24, 2009 01:32 PM


Where can I find spring rolls that are not fried? I'm thinking of the ones made from rice paper, stuffed with rice noodles, basil, carrots, mint, shrimp, tofu, etc... (in case they go by another name)

Please help. Every city I've lived in has had a place I regularly went and bought them for around $2. I can make them, but it is a lot of work.

Hopefully in Nova or DC. I live in Arlington.


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  1. Henry Spencer RE: elbows Jan 24, 2009 01:46 PM

    Most Vietnamese restaurants have them including pho houses that serve dishes in addition to pho.

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      mselectra RE: elbows Jan 24, 2009 02:31 PM

      Yes, aren't you describing Vietnamese spring rolls? (I really don't like fried so-called spring rolls either.) Now I'm craving them too. Get to Eden Center.

      1. cheesepowder RE: elbows Jan 24, 2009 04:41 PM

        The restaurants usually call them something other than spring rolls. I don't know where you are in Arlington, but if you're near Clarendon:

        Nam Viet in Clarendon calls them Garden Rolls

        And Minh's in Clarendon calls them rice rolls

        I've also seen them called summer rolls.

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          anchor RE: cheesepowder Jan 25, 2009 05:31 AM

          If you want take out spring rolls, Song Que in Eden center sells them, along with a tasty dipping sauce.
          If you are eating in, in addition to the places above, most Thai restaurants sell them. I like the ones at T.H.A.I. in Shirlington.

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          flavrmeistr RE: elbows Jan 25, 2009 08:02 AM

          They're usually called "summer rolls" or "garden rolls". Nam Viet in Clarendon has some of the best. Lots of fresh mint, basil and other goodies.

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            Steve RE: elbows Jan 25, 2009 08:26 AM

            My favorites are sold as 'ground pork wrapped in rice paper'. Kind of like summer rolls on steroids. Fairly large, all the same ingredients you find at other places including a shrimp.,some ground pork, plus a thin, rolled savory cookie to add some crunch. At Nha Trang Restaurant, Eden Center.

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              hamster RE: elbows Jan 25, 2009 11:06 AM

              I just sampled a delicious version at Saigon Cafe on Friday night. It's across the street from Eden Center.

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                79pooh83 RE: elbows Jan 25, 2009 07:37 PM

                Mai Thai and Thaiphoon have good summer or garden rolls

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                  Big Bunny RE: elbows Jan 26, 2009 06:17 AM

                  The Vietnamese name is "goi cuon."

                  Some menus might only list them as such.


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                    mselectra RE: elbows Jan 26, 2009 06:17 AM

                    The terminology question is interesting (spring/summer/garden) -- I've got a Vietnamese relative who makes them often, and I'm pretty sure she calls them spring rolls. Maybe it's a regional thing -- in the US I mean, assuming they have a consistent name in Vietnamese? Like if there's a lot of Chinese restaurants that have already claimed fried spring rolls, Vietnamese become summer rolls? Not that I've spent a lot of time on this, or looked it up, and I'm probably wrong.

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