No need to fly all the way to Vietnam!
What is it about Vietnamese food that makes it so special? One of their most notable dishes is the goi cuon, which is their version of the translucent fresh spring rolls. This dish traditionally consists of prawns, minced pork, vegetables, vermicelli noodles and other ingredients wrapped in rice paper. Surprisingly so good and healthy, you don’t realize it’s salad in a roll – best dipped in peanut sauce or Vietnamese fish sauce.
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Every bite tastes as good as it looks that it’s become one of the most ordered appetizers at any Vietnamese restaurant. If you want to give it a try (which you should!), here are some of the notable Vietnamese places where you can get a good order of fresh spring rolls.
Viet Asia – BF Homes
Viet Asia brings you simple and satisfying taste of Vietnam. They let you experience of Vietnamese cuisine without traveling too far away from home. Always order their Spring Roll here! Read our full feature here
Earth Kitchen – Katipunan
Earth Kitchen, a joint project of the Got Heart Foundation and Hizon’s catering, is a farm-to-table concept restaurant dedicated to promote the products of local farms and indigenous people. Their Shrump Spring Rolls is an elegantly plated appetizer.
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Bawai’s – multiple branches
Bawai’s Vietnamese Kitchen offers the usual Vietnamese favorites made from the freshest ingredients. They have spring rolls, pho, and of course, banh mi in three flavors – chicken, pork, and beef. Compared to other cuisines, Vietnamese is relatively healthier.
Nha Em – multiple branches
Nha Em offers family recipes of Vietnamese favorites like pho, spring rolls, crispy crepe, and iced Vietnamese coffee to name a few. They now have two branches in Manila.
Tra Vinh – multiple branches
Founder Mr. Van Chien Ho opened the first Tra Vinh restaurant in Australia 20 years ago. His award-winning franchise now serves several cities spread across the Land Down Under.
Ca Phe Saigon – multiple branches
The Vietnamese restaurant scene is starting to make an impression in Marikina as Ca Phe Saigon offers bang for your buck authentic Vietnamese food. A bowl of hot pho and Gỏi cuốn (fresh shrimp rolls) sells cheap for Php 120 each.
Phat Pho – multiple branches
Phat Pho is a modern, street style Vietnamese restaurant that started in Cebu. Its menu offers no frills Vietnamese food that’s made from all-natural ingredients–no powdered additives here!
Streets of Saigon – Maginhawa
Streets of Saigon is a food stall at the hip One Fifty Maginhawa Food Park that offers traditional Vietnamese cuisine minus the expensive price tag. It serves pho, spring rolls, banh mi, and a few rice meals.
Old Quarter – Marikina
This quaint Vietnamese joint in Marikina claims to have the “realest” pho and banhmi in the area. They are open until late so you can get your Viet coffee and pho fix during the wee hours of the night. Don’t forget to order some goi cuon on the side.
Pho Hoa – multiple branches
Pho Hoa is one of the first Vietnamese restaurants to open here in Manila. It serves good and hearty pho, spring rolls, vermicelli bowl, banh mi, Vietnamese coffee, and more.
Viet Taste – multiple branches
Viet Taste is a humble food stall that serves affordable and authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Currently, they have two branches: one in GastroHub and one in Madison Commons.
Zao Vietnamese Bistro – multiple branches
Zao offers your usual Vietnamese pho that comes in different flavors: seafood, chicken, meatball, vegetable, and even tenderloin variants. For big groups, you can opt for their grilled meat platter.
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