Vietnamese food: four kinds of Vietnamese rice paper rolls that you must taste!

Vietnamese food is well-known all over the world for its freshness, healthfulness and deliciousness, every dish is usually made from its own fantastic recipe of numerous ingredients and delicate cooking. And to examine this statement, Vietnamese rolls are the best choice.

Furthermore, putting such effort in tasting as many kinds of Vietnamese rolls as possible is also one of the most interesting things to do in Vietnam.

So WHERETO is honored to introduce to you four special dishes of rolls that we have selected from lots of specialties in Vietnam’s three main regions - the North, the Central and the South. Each one has its name involved with a particular place, as well as its own flavor. 

1. Hanoi Pho Cuon

Hanoi Pho Cuon is favored by a lot of people - Photo: Internet

Hanoi Pho Cuon is favored by a large amout of people - Photo: Internet

Hanoi - the capital of Vietnam - is in the North of Vietnam. The city is also the “birthplace” of various famous and delicious foods, one of them is pho cuon.

The recipe of Pho Cuon consists of banh pho (made from rice flour into flatly round and soft and medium-thick rice sheets, with the color ivory white), thinly-sliced beef, onion, fresh vegetables, etc.

The cooking of Pho Cuon is rather simple. After being sliced into thin pieces, the beef is seasoned with pepper, oyster sauce, seasoning powder,… Then finely chopped onion is put into the frying pan already full of hot cooking oil, fried until its color turns to slight yellow. Right after that, slices of beef are rarely-fried with the pan fast-stirred at the same time.  

Finally, you spread a rice sheet, put in the midlle with fried beef and lettuce and other fresh vegetables, and roll up the sheet. That’s the way rolls of Pho Cuon are made.  

However, the story is not yet finished because pho cuon needs its own dipping sauce to have with, just like many other Vietnamese foods. With the requirement of carrying the sour, salty, sweet and aromatic flavors all at the same time, chopped-up garlic, slices of raw papaya and so on are added into Vietnamese fish sauce.

In order to taste fully the unforgettable flavor of pho cuon, remember to use the rolls with it dipping sauce.  

Place to try Pho Cuon in Hanoi:

Hung Ben Pho Cuon

Address: 35 Nguyen Khac Hieu, Truc Bach Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Prices: 20.000VND - 55.000VND/serving for two (0.91 - 1.52USD)

2. Saigon Goi Cuon

Saigon Goi Cuon is very easily found anywhere in the city, either in luxirious restaurants or in street shops - Photo: Internet

Saigon Goi Cuon is very easily found anywhere in the city, either in luxirious restaurants or in street shops - Photo: Internet

Saigon - officially named Ho Chi Minh City - is the grouping site of a lot of tasty foods from all regions in Vietnam. Among them, Goi Cuon (summer rolls, or fresh spring rolls) is considered one of the “most wanted” street food.

Goi cuon is made with the same cooking as Hanoi pho cuon, yet the recipe is different. To make this food, dip the rice paper (a kind of round dry rice sheet made from rice flour) into fresh water, move it around until the whole paper becomes soft enough. Then put thin slices of boiled pork, boiled shrimp with their shells peeled off, fresh vegetables, some pieces of chive - all in the middle of the paper, finally roll the paper until the edges are sealed.

Saigon goi cuon is also similar to Hanoi pho cuon at the point that it needs to be used with its own dipping sauce, which is made from solidified soybean sauce and added with scattered peanuts and chopped-up chilli.

Place to try Saigon Goi Cuon: 

Address: Alley 359 (359 Le Van Sy Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City); or Aunt Hue goi cuon shop (57 Chau Van Liem Street, Ward 14, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City)

Price: 5.000 - 10.000VND/roll (0.22 - 0.45USD)

3. Danang Ram Cuon Cai (or Danang fried spring rolls)

Danang Ram Cuon Cai is so delicious a specialty that any visitor to the city for the first time should try - Photo: Internet

Danang Ram Cuon Cai is so delicious a specialty that any visitor to the city for the first time should try - Photo: Internet

Danang Ram Cuon Cai (or Danang fried spring rolls) is one of the most favored food in Danang, the most populous city in the Central of Vietnam. Traveling to Danang, you can easily find ram cuon cai shops anywhere in the city, either in the market or in street shops.

In order to have a roll of ram cuon cai, firstly dip a dry rice paper till it gets wet; then put little vermicelli mixed with meat and chopped-up mushrooms - all are seasoned - in the middle of the paper; after that, roll the paper up till the end. Lastly, put the rolls in the saucepan full of cooking oil and fry until they turn yellow. FYI, each of these fried spring roll is called a ram.

To enjoy this food, you can cut each ram into several pieces to put in the middle of a rice paper more easily, add some leaves of letuce, and roll up, and dip with sour and sweet and pungent fish sauce beforehand. 

For more tastier experience, you can add some pickled slices of papaya-carrot and cucumber. 

The fatty taste of ram once harmonizing with frugally bitter letuce and delicious fish will make you never can forget this food for sure. 

Place to try Danang Ram Cuon Cai (or Danang fried spring rolls):

Address: On Le Duan Street and Ong Ich Khiem Street, Hai Chau District, Danang

Price: 20.000VND - 30.000VND/dish/5 - 10 rolls (0.91 - 1.37USD)

4. Hue Banh Uot Cuon Thit Nuong 

Enjoy Hue Banh Uot Cuon Thit Nuong with boiled down soy sauce and you will have your once in a lifetime experience with such unique and fantastic flavor - Photo: Internet

Enjoy Hue Banh Uot Cuon Thit Nuong with boiled down soy sauce and you will have your once in a lifetime experience with such unique and fantastic flavor - Photo: Internet

Hue Vietnam lies in the Central of Vietnam and used to be the capital of Vietnam. Not only famous for its Ancient City and other historical sites, but the city is also known for its delicate cuisine, of which Banh Uot Cuon Thit Nuong (or grilled pork rolls) is an example.

At first sight, it’s very easy to mistake this food with Hanoi pho cuon; however, once taking your chance for a taste, you will notice the differences right away. For the cooking and recipe of Hue banh uot cuon thit nuong is not the same as Hanoi pho cuon at all.

To make this food, first, season raw pork with lemongrass, crushed garlic, then mix them with some spices and fried sesame. Second, grill well-seasoned pork on a coal stove to make the flavor more engaging.

Third, spread Banh Uot (a steamed thin and soft rice paper made from rice flour with its shape round and its color white) on a dish, put grilled pork, fresh vegetables in the middle. And roll the paper up to have one grilled pork roll finished.

To enjoy this food, you should dip the rolls into its dipping sauce made from soy sauce, pig liver, chopped-up garlic, sesame and sugar.

In Hue, banh uot cuon thit nuong is one of the most favorite food by tourists and travelers.

Place to try Hue Banh Uot Cuon Thit Nuong:

Huyen Anh, Kim Long Xu Hue 

Address: 207 Kim Long Street, Phu Thuan District, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam

Price: 50.000VND/dish of grilled pork (2.29USD); 15.000VND/dish of steamed thin rice paper (0.68USD)

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