These are the ones that are wrapped in rice paper (not fried or anything); usually contains lettuce, Vietnamese basil, shrimp, and vermicelli... some places add other stuff. And comes with a sauce. Appears on the appetizer part of the menus.
I've had it at:
1. The Train (Xe Lua) on Spadina, which I think might be my favourite. Good size, rice paper is never ripped or too dry or sticky, and filled just right. Had good proportion of the ingredients. Comes with the Hoi Sin sauce.
2. Pho 88 on Spadina, my least favourite. Had too much vermicelli and not enough of everything else. This one comes with a peanut sauce, which wasn't very good. I ended up use the Hoi Sin sauce on the table they had out. It also seemed like it was pre-made, by how dry the rice paper was. And if memory serves me correctly, it was lacking the basil.
3. Pho Hung on Spadina, not bad, though the rice paper was a little dry as well, but it came with ample shrimp (which is good in my books). Also had the Hoi Sin sauce.
4. Spring Roll on Eglinton, makes something similar called the 'sexy summer roll', which I really enjoyed. Adding smoke salmon was a great idea to give it more substance (and charge more of course!). Although, it didn't come with a hoi sin sauce, their own sauce was perfect with a good amount of sweet and a little bit of spicy kick. (note, this is the only item I like at Spring Roll)
Is there a place that any CH-ers really like or dislike, and I'm curious to know if there are other creative fusion type rolls (i.e. the sexy summer roll at Spring Roll).?
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