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A Vietnamese delicacy you definitely should not miss - Goi Cuon (summer rolls). Check out where to eat Goi Cuon in Ho Chi Minh City at the end!
Goi Cuon is the Vietnamese name of the dish. It's internationally known by the name “summer rolls”, or “fresh spring rolls”.
The difference between “spring rolls” and “fresh spring rolls” (summer rolls) is that spring rolls are fried, and their fillings include chopped meat, chopped wood ear mushrooms, among others whereas summer rolls are served fresh with fillings of cooked, sliced pork, shrimp, rice vermicelli and herbs.
Spring rolls (left) and summer rolls (right) are both famous, and very different.
A Goi Cuon roll is exemplary for Vietnamese food culture because it is a healthy combination of all the essential macronutrients for our body: carb from rice paper and rice vermicelli, protein from pork and shrimp, fat from pork fat, and fiber from lettuce and other greens in the roll.
Steps to make Goi Cuon are straightforward:
Proteins of summer rolls: Pork and Shrimp& Lettuce and herbs in fresh spring rolls
Time to roll!
3 popular types of dipping sauce go with summer rolls: (The first two are more popular in the south than in the north)
Mam nem (fermented fish sauce)
Tuong den (thick soy sauce) - first one on left
Vietnamese create various Goi Cuon varieties by changing the protein source
Where to eat summer rolls in Ho Chi Minh City? - The local markets! They are cheap, they are fresh, you can go on eating forever! In big and most popular local markets in Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll surely find some good summer rolls. Here’s the list of markets we’ve reviewed in detail in our blog:
Below are popular Goi Cuon places among locals in Ho Chi Minh City, offering many Goi Cuon varieties at reasonable prices (about VND 7,000, or USD 0.3 per roll).
Homestyle eating of Goi Cuon. Some Goi Cuon restaurants also serve this way.
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Why would you recommend summer rolls to foreigners who are not allowed to eat anything washed in local water?