Goi cuon (fresh spring rolls)

Goi cuon (fresh spring rolls)

Soft packages of edible jewels nestled into soft vermicelli and vegetable shavings, fresh spring rolls are a treasure of the Vietnamese home. Dipped into a light richness of tuong xao (a blend of hoisin, peanut, and fish sauce), the crisp freshness  of salad rolls are balanced in flavour.

The bite of Vietnamese mint, clarity of shredded lettuce, and snap of carrot slivers swaddled in pillowy rolls feature the sweet, plump, marbled curls of shrimp peeking through swaths of translucence. Adding copious amounts of sauce allows the soft rice paper to become slippery, making it a delicate balance with the chopsticks, and a light, crunchy, yet filling bite to swallow.

In Scarborough, we know these rolls by their Southern Vietnamese name of goi cuon, as a refresher after a platter of fried spring rolls, or a welcome companion to large light and nuanced soups as well as the heavier flavours and the density of meat and rice dishes. From Eglinton to Finch and beyond, we enjoy these rolls as the soft opening to an introspective meal alone, but more frequently as the shared and treasured moments of intimacy tucked into a quiet booth with friends and family.

Goi cuon (fresh spring rolls)

There are a great many ways to make this dish; the video above is simply one version. If you search YouTube, you may find several from which to choose.

Restaurants with goi cuon (fresh spring rolls)

Asian Specialty
place 2301 Brimley Rd, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.297.4881
star_rate Rating: 3.10
Bong Lua
place 2572 Birchmount Rd, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 647.351.0809
star_rate Rating: 4.10
Green Bamboo
place 4221 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.292.7961
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:00:00 to 22:00:00
star_rate Rating: 4.10
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Kim Bo
place 5651 Steeles Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.292.3555
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:00:00 to 22:00:00
star_rate Rating: 3.60
Kim Po
place 58 Redlea Ave, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.321.2255
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:00:00 to 22:00:00
star_rate Rating: 4.00
LacVien
place 2270 Markham Rd, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.754.8188
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:00:00 to 23:00:00
star_rate Rating: 4.00
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Pho 88
place 325 Bamburgh Cir, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.497.8899
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 10:00:00 to Wednesday 01:00:00
star_rate Rating: 3.90
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Pho Dau Bo
place 665 Markham Rd, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.438.2222
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:00:00 to 22:00:00
star_rate Rating: 4.00
Pho Hong Ha
place Cathay Plaza, 4271 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 647.435.6271
star_rate Rating: 4.00
Pho Metro
place 2057 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.750.8898
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:00:00 to 22:00:00
star_rate Rating: 4.50
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Pho Saigon
place 1921 Eglinton Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.759.5999
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:00:00 to 22:00:00
star_rate Rating: 3.80
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Pho Vietnam
place 3250 Midland Ave, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 647.351.0909
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 10:30:00 to 22:00:00
star_rate Rating: 4.00
Pho Vietnam
place 1280 Kennedy Road, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.755.0909
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 10:30:00 to 21:30:00
star_rate Rating: 3.90
Pho Xe Lua
place Woodside Sq, First Floor, 1571 Sandhurst Circle, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.609.2032
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 10:00:00 to 22:00:00
star_rate Rating: 3.50
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Spring ‘N Fresh Rolls
place 789 Warden Ave, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 647.349.7655
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:00:00 to 20:45:00
star_rate Rating: 4.20
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Vietnam Noodle Star
place 4188 Finch Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.609.9796
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:00:00 to Wednesday 00:00:00
star_rate Rating: 3.70
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