This post is months in the making, Anh from Food Lover's Journey asked me to join her and Ravenous Couple Delicious Vietnam initiative, as one of our favorite cuisines, outside of my Indian and Mediterranean/Israeli, is Vietnamese. This month's host is Phuoc'n Delicious.
Recently what snowballed out of Cake Love blog hop, Junia of Mis Pensamientos's brainchild, is a monthly initiative led by Junia, with the September's theme being Rice Love. Since these photos were snapped back in July when I made these rice paper rolls, I thought what a fantastic idea to combine both initiatives into a one post. I will list all hosts of Rice Love as well as Delicious Vietnam when the complete lists are available.
.I think I mentioned in a couple of previous posts that one of my favorite cookbooks is Asian Grilling by Su-Mei Yu. This recipe is an adaptation from her book. The author doesn't have the rice noodles in the rolls and I thought it would be wonderful to have them as added texture. It is also a nice way to highlight two rice ingredients in this recipe as part of the Rice Love blog hop, one is the rice paper and the second are the rice noodles. I like to serve the noodles in the spring roll wraps or all by themselves with a Vietnamese Sweet and Sour Sauce or a Thai Style Cucumber Relish as featured in the photographs, as a salad or with flank steak strips of beef.
While my site focuses on flavors and cuisines I grew up on, it won't be a complete reflection on our tastes if I don't once in a while talk about the other dishes and cuisine we adore. These cuisines might make guest appearances here in this space. I mentioned Thai was the next cuisine I was enamored with next to Indian, the bold flavors captivated me. Then there was a recent South Asian discovery of Indonesian cuisine with Padang Fish Curry (West Sumatra, Indonesia) and the 411 on Fresh Turmeric out of James Osland's Cradle of Flavor but Vietnamese cuisine has a feel and a rhythm of its own. A sublime tone of delicious, delicate, calmly satisfying flavors, whether in their soothing Pho soup or these pretty rice paper wrap rolls.
I am heavy handed with the ingredients in the marinade and use the recipe as an inspiration. I do not really count the sprigs of cilantro and how much lettuce I use. I usually buy hearts of romaine since they are more delicate in flavor and arrange all the ingredients for self assembly on a large platter. Dipping sauces and a large deep plate with water to wet the rice papers on the side. It's interactive and fun. Some make lettuce wraps and some rice paper ones, each guest is creative according to his or her whim and fancy. It's a crowd pleaser and I usually make this for large Asian inspired BBQ gatherings. Perfect for Labor Day weekend.
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