rockin’ and spring rollin’

cha gio from Saigon Cafe in Jersey City, N.J.

got treated to two of my favorite kinds of spring rolls this weekend. it was my mom’s birthday but she didn’t want a big to-do so my dad just got some of our favorite foods from our favorite vietnamese restaurant (saigon cafe), including mi hay hu tieu xao (crispy noodles topped with stir-fried broccoli, carrots, water chestnuts, snowpeas and seafood) for long life 🙂

i love the spring rolls they have — cha gio (crispy, deep fried spring rolls filled with pork, mushroom, taro, carrots and vermicelli noodles) — they come with fresh lettuce and some mint leaves. i wrap the spring roll in the fresh lettuce and mint and then dip it in this fish vinaigrette dipping sauce (that i add some fresh red chili to) and oh, the explosion of flavors. love it!

but i mentioned two kinds of spring rolls, right? well, my mom also made my favorite fried vegetable rolls. it’s got shrimp, pork, potatoes, carrots, green beans, etc. my dad made his special garlic and vinegar sauce (thank god i didn’t plan on going out that night). the best part? the take-home 😛

the “palaman” for the spring rolls
fried vegetable spring rolls

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Betis Boy says:

    please send my birthday greetings to tita! what a great spring roll dinner 🙂 didn't you get the fresh vietnamese spring rolls too? the ones you dip in peanut sauce? those are great too. those filipino-style vegetable spring rolls should be renamed pork-and-vegetable spring rolls btw. 😛


  2. Guagua Girl says:

    you want to hear something weird? i can't eat the vegetable filling alone. it has to be wrapped and fried 😛 and nope, didn't get the fresh spring rolls, but i love those, too.


  3. Betis Boy says:

    ha.ha. so i'm sure you'll ignore the “lumpiang hubad” dish sold here 😛 that's weird 🙂 wanna psychoanalyze that? 😀


  4. Guagua Girl says:

    no need to psychoanalyze, psych(o) boy … i like the crunch of the fried wrap. and the vegetables aren't too obvious 😛 same deal with the fresh lumpia (spring roll). i like it wrapped and with all the trimmings (fresh garlic, sweet brown sauce, peanuts).


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