Let me preface this by saying that we've had stuffed grape leaves at many other Vietnamese restaurants. Tonight, we ordered them for the first time at Nam Phuong. Before the platter came out, they brought us a large bowl of warm water and a plate of spring roll wrappers.
When the grape leaves came out, we asked what the wrappers were for. Our server told us to dip the wrapper in the warm water and roll the grape leaves up with some vermicelli and mint leaves and then dip it in the nuoc mam (kind of like a summer roll). We tried it and it was really good.
This was the first time we had grape leaves served this way. Is this the "traditional" way to eat them? If so, why aren't the other places doing it? Have we been missing out all of these years?