Spring Rolls (not fried)
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.
Most Vietnamese restaurants have them including pho houses that serve dishes in addition to pho.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I just sampled a delicious version at Saigon Cafe on Friday night. It's across the street from Eden Center.
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.