Vietnamese Rice rolls
Rice rolls are produced everywhere in Vietnam, with the most well-known being goi cuon.
The variety that is made in Hanoi, banh cuon, has its own special characteristics. The wrappings of banh cuon are as thin as a sheet of paper, appearing as edible alabaster, soft yet offering something to the teeth. Ingredients may include grilled pork, fried bean curd, or vegetables. If you’re really lucky, they’ll add a drop of coleopterous essence (a highly aromatic secretion from the gland of a type of beetle).
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Published on 8/16/12