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Found a new Vietnamese restaurant close to home. It was amazing!  
Clockwise: Rare Beef & Tendon Pho, Rice Noodles with Spring Rolls and Grilled Pork, Green Papaya Salad with Shrimp, Vietnamese Iced Coffee
Saigon Pho 46, 744 Rt 46 W, Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ 07054

Found a new Vietnamese restaurant close to home. It was amazing!  

Clockwise: Rare Beef & Tendon Pho, Rice Noodles with Spring Rolls and Grilled Pork, Green Papaya Salad with Shrimp, Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Saigon Pho 46, 744 Rt 46 W, Parsippany-Troy HillsNJ 07054

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Vietnamese Summer Rolls

Another great summer meal idea for you guys. The summer rolls are served cold and dipped in a peanut sauce.  I used the same peanut sauce recipe from my cold sesame noodle here. The only hard part about this meal is the prep work for all the yummy ingredients you are putting inside the summer roll.  The wrappers can be found at most Asian markets usually in the noodle aisle. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Vietnamese summer roll wrapper
  • 1/2 pound of cooked shrimp (de-shelled and deveined) 
  • a chunk of cooked pork (not sure of size) cut into thin strips 
  • 1 seedless cucumber; cut into matchsticks 
  • 1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • a bunch of scallions cut in half
  • half a package of rice noodles (cooked and drained)
  • a few pieces of lettuce leaves cut into strips
  • 1 pot of warm water
  1. Prepare all the ingredients: cook shrimp in boiling water, cook pork in boiling water, cut all the veggies, cook rice noodles and drain. 
  2. Pour warm water in a large bowl or plate with raised edges.  Take 1 of the summer roll wrappers and soak until all edges are no longer hard. It will look almost translucent. If the water cools, add more warm water. 
  3. Place wrapper on a clean surface.  Add a few pieces of shrimp, pork, cucumber, carrots, lettuce, scallions, and rice noodles onto the center of the wrapper.
  4. Fold in the sides and roll up the wrapper.  
  5. Repeat until you have used up all the ingredients.
  6. Serve cold with peanut sauce. 

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Sunday morning, I work up at 8AM.  Turned on the TV and watched Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods: Vietnam episode. So of course, I had a craving for pho and spring rolls.  Good thing there is really good Vietnamese restaurant nearby.  I popped in for lunch and got the #1 (large) Xe Lua: Rice Noodles Beef Soup with all sorts of beef and offals. Add in a squeeze of lemon, a spoonful of chili sauce, mint, and bean sprouts and you got a really really good bowl of soup.  I couldn’t tackle the spring rolls after this.  
Viet Ai, 189 Ridgedale Ave. Florham Park, NJ 07932

Sunday morning, I work up at 8AM.  Turned on the TV and watched Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods: Vietnam episode. So of course, I had a craving for pho and spring rolls.  Good thing there is really good Vietnamese restaurant nearby.  I popped in for lunch and got the #1 (large) Xe Lua: Rice Noodles Beef Soup with all sorts of beef and offals. Add in a squeeze of lemon, a spoonful of chili sauce, mint, and bean sprouts and you got a really really good bowl of soup.  I couldn’t tackle the spring rolls after this.  

Viet Ai, 189 Ridgedale Ave. Florham Park, NJ 07932

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My Aunt’s version of Bun Rieu Cua, Vietnamese Crab Noodle Soup. 
Shrimp paste, crab paste, dried shrimp, and pork flavors this wonderful noodle soup dish.  It is loaded with tomatos and shrimpy meatballs, bean sprouts, and usually some tofu.  Squeeze a dash of lime juice and sprinkle on some fried garlic for an extra kick. 

My Aunt’s version of Bun Rieu Cua, Vietnamese Crab Noodle Soup. 

Shrimp paste, crab paste, dried shrimp, and pork flavors this wonderful noodle soup dish.  It is loaded with tomatos and shrimpy meatballs, bean sprouts, and usually some tofu.  Squeeze a dash of lime juice and sprinkle on some fried garlic for an extra kick.