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What Are the Best Vietnamese Wraps and Rolls

With the growing number of vegans and vegetarians out there in Canada and abroad, more emphasis than ever is being placed on fresh herbs and veggies. In Vietnamese cuisine, these components are already the focus of so many different dishes and categories of foods.

On the note of super healthy Vietnamese foods, there’s wraps and rolls. They often come fresh and prepared, as a perfectly balanced restaurant appetizer. As you will find in our quick list of wraps and rolls, a lot of them use rice paper to create the shape. Customizations are frequent, which is why they can be easily made to reflect a vegan or vegetarian Vietnamese diet. Also, dipping sauces are often the norm with many wraps and rolls. Whether you eat them plain, dipped, or as a finger food, wraps and rolls are an important category of Vietnamese eating.

Bi cuon

Bi cuon, like many Vietnamese wraps and rolls, uses rice paper rolls. Inside, the mixture can be customized according to how you like. It usually involves shredded pork or shredded pork skin tossed with powdered toasted rice. Bi cuon can be served along with salad, akin to your basic summer rolls. Some of the other things you might find in bi cuon include garlic sauce, lemon, carrots, white radish, pickles, sugar, and chili.

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Are You New to Vietnamese Food – Here are 9 F

A lot of Canadians have a pretty strong grasp of Chinese and Thai food but have you tried Vietnamese – it’s fresher, packs in more vegetables, and is considered an all-around healthier choice than other East Asian cuisines.

You may have heard about pho, a popular Vietnamese soup. Here at TorontoPHO, it’s what we’ve built our name on. That said, there’s a lot more to Vietnamese cooking than a signature soup. This type of cuisine often uses farm-picked fresh herbs, tasty fibre-filled vegetables, lean meats, and limits the use of oils, fats, and carbs. It’s always delicious, as long as it’s done right which we happily do. If you’re new to Vietnamese food, here’s what to try first. Let’s go exploring.

Rice rolls

Rice rolls are vegetables and meats wrapped in a thin rice paper, usually served fresh but sometimes deep-fried. They are a great finger-food, an adequate appetizer or snack, and ingredients can range from shrimp and pork to simply vegetables. There is all sorts of ways to customize rice rolls though most of them are relatively basic, especially if you choose the fresh over deep-fried option.

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Is Vietnamese Food Gluten-Free – read here!

Celiac disease can be an inconvenient dietary restriction but thankfully, it doesn’t cut out everything tasty. In fact, a lot of Vietnamese cuisine is gluten-free or close to. If you have celiac disease or just prefer to avoid eating gluten, you won’t have any trouble with Vietnamese food.

Done right, the food in Vietnamese cooking is always delicious, healthy, and heavily based around ingredients like rice, rice flour, and rice noodles – most of which contain little to no gluten. Furthermore, what isn’t already gluten-free can most likely be made so with a few alterations. Customizations in Vietnamese cuisine are very common, turning traditional dishes like pho into trendy, energized varieties perfect for all sorts of diets. Add in some alternatives here and there, and Vietnamese may in fact prove to be a perfect diet for a person with celiac disease.

Is pho gluten-free?

The most common question about eating gluten-free in Vietnamese cuisine is whether pho is gluten-free. Pho comes in many different types – some of which are gluten-free. There aren’t opportunities to really add gluten-based products to pho to begin with so even varieties that aren’t marketed as ‘gluten-free’ are still only going to contain very little.

Do keep in mind that sometimes the broth or soup base for pho can contain gluten, and depending on the noodles used, there’s also the risk of gluten-containing noodles. If possible, ask ahead what’s included in your bowl of pho. Note, if the noodles are ‘bun noodles’, it means they’re made from rice and are gluten-free.

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How Are Pastries Made in Vietnamese Cuisine –

Like many cuisines worldwide, the traditions of Vietnamese cooking extend into baked goods, pastries, and cakes. How we prepare Vietnamese pastries is so much different from North American methods.

A lot of pastries are wrapped in leaves, including bamboo and banana, and then boiled or steamed. Banh chung, also known as square cake, is perhaps one of Vietnam’s most famous pastry dishes. There are many others though, including several offered during celebrations like Vietnamese New Year. From the influence of French colonial-inspired cooking to indigenous Vietnamese ingredients, here’s how the most famous Vietnamese pastries are made.

Banh khoai mi

Banh khoai mi is a Vietnamese cake that’s a combination of cassava, sugar, and coconut milk, with a minimum amount of salt. Though banh khoai mi can be steamed, it is most often baked. Some people mistake a similar cake ‘taro’ as being banh khoai mi but they’re two different desserts. That said, what it is similar to is a cassava cake which is popular in Filipino cuisine. A primary difference between them is cassava cake has a top layer of custard and uses milk. You won’t find either in banh khoai mi.

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What’s Your Favourite Rice Dish in Vietnamese

Could we do Vietnamese eating without rice – probably not! Like other Asian cuisines, rice has proven to be an invaluable carb in the history of cooking Vietnamese. In fact, rice has kept our families alive through famines and some very tough times over the course of centuries. The country’s many farmers highly value rice as a crop and to this day, it’s a preferred meal to families.

Although perfectly tasty and nutritious plain, rice in Vietnamese cuisine is usually prepared with herbs or combined with meats, vegetables, and more. You will find a dozen very common rice dishes in Vietnamese cooking, each with their own unique flavor profile and tastes to delight in. Here’s some of our favourite rice dishes and ones that are worth taking a chance on if you’re unfamiliar with this style of cuisine.

Thit ko

Thit ko is a traditional Vietnamese family dish made from fish or pork that gets cooked in a clay pot. Once cooked, it is served with a sweet and sour soup known as canh chua. Thit ko is a favourite rice dish from generations ago but is usually forgotten about over more popular alternatives.

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7 Must-Taste Items On Your Tour of Vietnamese

The distinct regional flavors of Vietnamese cuisine have made it a global trend to watch in the new decade. In Toronto, we are blessed with several Vietnamese restaurants – none the more accomplished than TorontoPHO. Though widely known for having Toronto’s best pho, the restaurant serves plenty of other tasty foods in the scope of Vietnam’s cuisine.

For Instagram foodies in Toronto, fans of healthy world cuisines, and/or any Torontonians looking to get closer to fresh Vietnamese foods, here are 7 of our favourite menu items you can find exclusively at TorontoPHO. Here’s the ultimate guide to deliciousness straight from our collection of family recipes that have been passed down generation to generation.

Spring rolls

Spring rolls are Vietnamese cuisine’s favourite appetizer. You can choose from fresh rolls or fried. Fried is more common to dinner and is usually avoided by those looking to stick with a predominantly healthy diet. A fried roll is built slightly different, usually with a mix of shredded vegetables and protein. Comparatively, in a fresh spring roll, you have larger pieces of meat, herbs are fresher and fuller in taste, and they pack in more veggies with less fat than the alternative.

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What Soups and Congees Are There in Vietnames

Pho is Vietnam’s most popular soup. Brought to North America, you’ll find restaurants like TorontoPHO who hinge their entire reputation on crafting premiere, high quality, authentically prepared pho.

Even so, pho is far from the only soup out there in the scope of Vietnamese cooking. Moving outside of the limitations of noodle-type soups, you’ll find a short list of some pretty tasty Vietnamese soups and congees.

Lau

Lau, otherwise referred to as Vietnamese hot pot, is a spicier version of Vietnamese sour soup. Inside lau are assorted vegetables, meats, seafood, and some of Vietnam’s spiciest herbs. This meal’s a great example of where Thai cuisine sometimes intermingles with the less spicy Vietnamese cuisine. Lau is a common meal to celebrations like Lunar New Year. Traditionally, meals like lau are cooked right at the dinner table, employing a simmering hot pot.

Bo kho

Bo kho is a beef stew usually served with carrots. There’s also toasted bread and sometimes noodles made of rice included. What’s comparable in Canadian culture is a pot-roasted beef stew. In a sense, all bo kho is is a Vietnamese pot roasted beef stew. Bo kho leans a little on traditional Vietnamese spices, herbs, and methods of preparation common to the cuisine. Additional ingredients can include elements of egg, soy sauce, and five spice powder.

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