Saigon style Cha gio (spring rolls). Smaller than their Hanoi cousins, which are known as nem. This plate is from 46A Dinh Cong Trang street, District 1, Saigon. I find the Saigon version far tastier, thinner and artful than the Hanoi
abomination effort. Look at the same thing from up north in this post at the sticky rice blog. They look alright, rather tempting actuallly, but what would you rather eat? The naughty nibbles above? Or the tired old, flaky nags from Hanoi? And look at that nuoc mam… You could take a bath in that.
These particular seasoned minced pork, mushroom and translucent noodle-filled, piping hot bundles of pleasure are excellent. However, I’ll wager you’ll find a deeper, more spiritually satisfying crab chunk filled spring roll two snuffs of a fag end away at 94 Dinh Tien Hoang street. It’s been way too long since I dropped by Quan 94. I’m heading back pronto. The plate above will set you back a steep 40,000VD a go, but there’s enough for two or three folk. More snaps.