vietnamese

practice, makes: (vegan rice paper rolls)

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After sharing my rookie mistake of soaking all my rice paper rolls for over a minute, all together (huge mistake), my lovely readers gave me a few tips/suggestions of how it should really be done.

So, I tried again and they weren’t perfect but who cares, they were made and they were delicious.

1 packet of rice paper (found at the international section of your supermarket)
Thinly cut veggies: I used capsicum (red and yellow), carrot, cucumber, avocado and corriander (try to use as many colours as possible, I assume, beetroot would work well also tofu, mint and basil mmm)

Also, a packet of rice paper at the supermarket here is only $2.50, which seriously blows my mind.

So, and I’m no expert but basically you soak the rice paper INDIVIDUALLY in warm water for 2-3 seconds. The packet instructs 30 seconds but that’s too long – they may become too delicate and rip. Then you transfer the paper onto a damp surface (I used a chopping board) and begin to assemble the rolls. The paper may seem too hard to begin with but it will continue to soften as you fondle it. I.e add your fillings and begin the rolling process.

There are a hundred and one videos on the internet on how to roll rice paper but you won’t truly get it until you practice. As you can see, most of mine look demented. But hey, that’s okay!

Also, 1 packet makes WAY more rolls than pictured above; I just couldn’t find a plate that fit them all without having to stack.

Lastly, a big shout out to Genie from Bunny Eats Design and Jen from Utterly In Love for making this post possible! X

review no23 hello vietnam

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Hello Vietnam is a newly opened Vietnamese (well, duh) restaurant on 235 Riccarton Road with a spacious interior equipped with numerous large tables providing plenty of room for you and all of your friends (go on, take the compliment), fresh flavoursome food and top-notch service which is nothing short of hospitable. Tonight my friend and I arrived at Hello Vietnam with rumbling tummies and left a couple hours later, wishing we’d worn stretchier pants. Apart from the chefs who cooked our dinner, we have Mr. Bruce Tran (owner and also opportunely our waiter) who kindly guided us through the menu, helping my friend and I reach our decisions by recommending his own personal favourite dishes and the most traditionally vietnamese ones – promising we would undoubtedly LOVE his recommendations and if we didn’t, we would be exempt from paying (obviously not the go for everyone so don’t get any ideas!).

For the super cheap price of $12 I ordered the lemongrass and chilli tofu for my main which was seriously tasty but most impressively, MASSIVE. Of course, I still finished it. For dessert I had deep fried ice-cream drizzled in gooey chocolate (is your mouth watering yet?), all of which resulted in me leaving Hello Vietnam with a pregnant belly, of the food-kind. But, I don’t even care as it was hella worth it. Apart from receiving more than our money’s worth in delicious food, let me just reiterate just how awesome Bruce Tran really was. Seriously, this guy was the coolest waiter EVER. Period. When we asked about the menu, Bruce not only outlined each and every single ingredient per dish but also gave us a low down on the various cooking methods involved. Later, mid-meal, when I went to a picture of my friend and his funky dessert Bruce who was walking past at the time noticed and instructed my friend to hold his drink up in front of him for a better picture. As if Bruce couldn’t get any more amazing, he personally mixed our drinks, personally taking hold of the spoon and giving them a good stir when he noticed they weren’t quite combined (no slight on the construction of drink nay rather our own lame mixing abilities). I mean, come on, if that isn’t hospitality, I don’t know what is.

Lastly, unfortunately, for the first time ever, I forgot my camera (biggest no-no in the blogging world – I’m sorry) but just as I trusted Bruce tonight, you’ll simply have to take my word, too or even better, try them out for yourself. But for now, this image of the most adorable Vietnamese girl and her widdle chopstick holding hands shall suffice.