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Mar 11, 2014 10:30 PM

any good pho place offers deep fried spring roll with white rice paper ?

Any idea ?

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  1. Aren't the cha gios typically use white rice paper ?

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    1. re: LotusRapper

      Yes LR. Even food court Vietnamese food purveyors like Vina use Rice Paper.

      1. re: moyenchow

        Thx MC. For a moment there I thought I was mistaken all these years about white rice paper being the defacto wrap for cha gio.

        Are there other versions ? I've heard of one type where the wrapper is actually like a weave made of strands of rice vermicelli. Never seen/eaten that here, sounds interesting. I wonder if it has the texture of a Chex cereal or Triscuit ?

        1. re: LotusRapper

          NP, LR. I have seen some Vietnamese places go with the Chinese wheat wrapper before but I have not come across it lately.

          Most Vietnamese places that serve traditional fare will go with the rice wrapper. It's actually very easy to spot the difference. See the the pic from the blog Wandering Chopsticks. Wheat wrappers on top and rice wrappers on bottom.

          I would love to know if anyone has seen woven strands of vermicelli being used as a wrapper for Cha Gio. That would be chow worthy.

    2. Green Lemongrass on Kingsway.

      1. Many thanks for all your replies.

        1. My mother-in-law recommended dipping the rice paper in Coke before wrapping and deep frying. Funny, huh? But I could see how it might improve the carmelization of the outside...

          Get this, my mother-in-law also makes salad rolls with mini-spring rolls inside! I'm so spoiled :P

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          1. re: flowbee

            OMG is that like a turducken thing then ? Salaspring rolls ? Springalad rolls ? LOL.

            1. re: LotusRapper

              Do you know about the spring roll in a rice flour roll that's served for dim sum at Happy Valley? Pretty tasty.

              1. re: moyenchow

                Nope. Haven't been there for about a year now (dinner only). Will keep that in mind next time when we go for dim sum :-)

              1. re: flowbee

                They do the spring-roll-inside-a-salad-roll at Le Do on Hastings next to Red Wagon. Prolly not as good as flowbee's MIL's, but pretty tasty :-)

                1. re: grayelf

                  good to know thanks! might be coming to Van next weekend!

                  Theres something so good about a bit of greasy with lots of fresh ingredients.

                  I made vermicelli bowls with lemongrass chicken, salad and fried spring rolls for dinner last night. So good but I'm not a big deep fryer so just used a small pot with some oil and used the small rice wrappers 5"? this made it very hard to get the air out so they ballooned up on one side. I pre cooked the pork this time so I didn't have to cook as long which worked better but also made it hard to roll tight.

                  Not even close to looking like restaurant ones but taste better then lots I've had.

                  Somethings are so simple to make yet when a restaurant with all the right equipment and food all prepped nice still can't pull it off pisses me off.

              2. I tried a new vietnamese restaurant that is supposed to be 'soooo good'. They made there fried spring rolls with wheat! i was so disappointed. I did take out and will be going back but will ask them why they are use wheat wrapper. rice wrapper kick ass. once you go rice you never go wheat.

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                1. re: daislander

                  Hi daislander

                  I will only consider vietnamese restaurant to be authentic if they serve their deep fried spring roll with rice paper (no wheat paper or Cantonese style spring roll wrap)

                  1. re: intelguy

                    I will only consider a Vietnamese restaurant to be 'authentic' if there are car loads of gangsters hanging out in front each with a half burned cigarette hanging from his mouth.

                    1. re: Sam Salmon

                      Don't forgot about the waving cat statue.

                      Thought you might like this:

                      1. re: moyenchow

                        LOL FB & LR! You guys are too much sometimes :)

                        1. re: LotusRapper

                          And fish tanks containing non-edible fish. Sports on the tv.

                          1. re: flowbee

                            Now you tell me they're not edible !!

                            On TV ...... travel "documentaries" of Saigon tourist attractions, nighttime roadside vendors, festivals, rural farming activities, etc. Now I'm speaking of Pho Long (ex-Pho Van) on Fraser.