Rice Paper Rolls: The Tasty Lowdown Behind Goi Cuon
25 Aug 2016
DO YOU EVEN ROLL? IF YOU LOVE VIETNAMESE CUISINE, HERE'S THE TASTY LOWDOWN ON THESE DELICIOUS RICE PAPER ROLLS YOU NEED TO BITE INTO.
WHERE DO THEY COME FROM?
Ranked #30 on CNN Travel feature 'World's 50 best foods', the Vietnamese signature dish of 'Gỏi cuốn', which basically means 'summer roll', originated in Southern Vietnam - and for that, our stomachs are incredibly thankful. This ever popular and delectable delicacy has collected several names over the years, where naming appears to change between regions. Today, these rice paper rolls are sometimes labelled 'summer rolls' (Gỏi cuốn Chay - vegetarian), 'cold rolls' (typically in Australia), 'salad rolls' and even 'crystal rolls'.
It's important to remember that ingredients will vary between restaurants, and of course globally, and where the attempt is traditional or more modern can make a difference in the texture and flavour, but typically, Gỏi cuốn wraps the following ingredients in the perfect rice paper known as 'banh trang'.
- Rice Vermicelli
- Rice Paper
- Other Ingredients (variants may include prawn)
Vegetarians fear not, because ‘Gỏi cuốn Chay’ was made for you. Plainly put, it’s Gỏi cuốn but without any meat - so fittingly, you can just call it a salad roll. And if you're a fan of sushi, then you'll certainly love these rice paper rolls, which are just as appetising yet lighter on the stomach. Win-win!
NOW I'M DROOLING. WHERE CAN I GET SOME?
Now that you know the contents, there's no time like the present to devour the real deal at Adelaide Central Plaza's Jarn Leva Vietnamese, open 7 days a week on the Lower Ground Floor, where modern Vietnamese cuisine is made to true perfection having French influences, served in an ambient setting and offering an exquisite selection of both hot and cold food. Menu favourites include sizzling garlic prawns, soft shell crab baos, char grill, goi salad and the pork buns...just wow.
Bite into it!