Best of Canberra Taste Off – Rice paper rolls

Sophia Carlini 3 February 2015 5


Last week when the call went out for Canberra’s best rice raper rolls, two of my favourite Vietnamese places were nominated: Saigon Foodies in Kingston and iPho in Garema Place.

I frequently visit iPho on my lunch breaks for chicken and wonton noodle soup (it’s really good!), so I thought I would start there. The rice paper rolls are pre-made and come served with a rich hoisin sauce. I ordered pork and prawn. They were very yummy, but the ratio of noodles and salad to protein was overpowering – the rolls definitely would have been tastier with more prawn and pork. When I put the call out for the best rolls, a reader noted that a lot of restaurants are watering down their hoisin sauce. Just to confirm he hoisin was thick and saucy, just the way it should be.

My next stop was Saigon Foodies in Kingston, and I just have to tell you how excited I was when this Vietnamese gem opened last October just around the corner from my place. Saigon Foodies has a great set up; all their ingredients are on display and everything is made fresh to order. I ordered the same, pork and prawn rice paper rolls (one has to make the taste off fair!). They were delicious, and the ratio of ingredients was perfect, as was the hoisin sauce. I should make note that their soup is also wonderful; so good for the soul.

I was definitely reminded this week of how much I love rice paper rolls, so much so that they have found themselves back on my regular foods list.

And now to choose a winner … drum roll … As much as I like iPho, Saigon’s freshness and flavour takes the win for me.

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5 Responses to Best of Canberra Taste Off – Rice paper rolls
zllauh zllauh 5:57 pm 13 Apr 15

this weekend i had it from Pho Phu Quoc, some vietnamese restaurant !
Delicious rolls and value for money

John Moulis John Moulis 4:48 pm 04 Feb 15

“Saigon Foodies”? I think this mob will run into a bit of trouble with Saigon Restaurant at Pearce Shops which has been using the name since it opened in 1978.

Alexandra Craig Alexandra Craig 10:55 am 04 Feb 15

Holden Caulfield said :

I’ll have to try Saigon Foodies for their rice paper rolls. I keep walking past, but should make more of an effort to go there.

I went to Saigon Foodies yesterday for a chicken Bahn Mi – amazing!

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 9:14 pm 02 Feb 15

I’ll have to try Saigon Foodies for their rice paper rolls. I keep walking past, but should make more of an effort to go there.

pajs pajs 11:59 am 02 Feb 15

Not uncommon to see hoi sin thinned for dipping with rice paper rolls. Bit of water, bit of lime juice, thins down the gloop & balances the sweet. Straight hoi sin from a bottle, sprinkle of peanuts – can be a bit of a lazy option.

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