City Secrets: Vietnamese Soft Rolls, People Watching and Books

I hesitate to share this secret, and I’m not just writing this to make you want it more.  I hesitate to share this secret, because I have a slight addiction problem when it comes to these rolls and if I can’t make it over there before school pick-up time, then they are always sold out.  On the other hand, they’re just too tasty, fresh, and “let me get that last strand of lettuce” delicious to keep to myself.

The Vietnamese soft rolls have a hint of fresh mint.  The rice flour “crêpes” are stuffed with crisp lettuce, tofu, rice vermicelli, and carrots.   The roll itself is perfectly soft with a slight springiness from the gluten in the rice wrappers with a crisp inner crunch.

My daughter always wants some of the wrapper and then my whole roll falls apart, but I love that she is trying new things so I put up with it  and let the innards all fall out into the sauce to be eat after with utensils (when I can find them).  The sauce is peanut-y with just enough spice and together is pure snack, lunch, or dinner bliss.

So, if you are in Porter Square some time after 11:00 a.m. on any given day.  (They don’t usually have them any earlier) Then stop by the Porter Square Bookstore at Cafe Zing and order up one of the soft rolls.  Okay, let’s be realistic:  get three.

Bon appetit. ttyl your BFF (Boston Family Foodie)

For more info: Roll with it (digsmagazine.com),Vietnamese Salad Rolls Recipe (Variation- Allrecipes.com), The real deal photo (Thanks Christian)

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