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Vietnamese Spring Rolls - Goi Cuon

Spring rolls are undoubtedly a commonly found cuisine within the countries of the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. The origin of spring roll comes from China and has somehow found its mark in countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines. Though they are respectively most often called and referred to as either popia or lumpia in both of these aforementioned countries, Vietnam’s very own version of spring roll – goi cuon – does not only drastically differ in the composition of its name, but also differ in terms of appearance as well as the ingredients used prior to the preparation of the famous goi cuon dish.

Goi cuon is arguably the healthiest rendition of spring roll to ever exist. This is accredited to the fact that the main ingredient used in the preparation of a gui cuon dish is something exclusive to Vietnam culture – banh trang – which loosely translates into rice paper or cold roll. Banh trang is used in place of the conventional spring roll wrapper to wrap the fillings of the goi cuon dish. The usage of rice paper in place of a traditional spring roll wrapper sets a fine distinction between goi cuon and popia/lumpia.

The ingredients that are used as the stuffing or filling inside of a spring roll can differ in accordance to culture, social background, and preferences. However, the ingredients that are used in a traditional goi cuon dish are commonly pork, prawn, vegetables, and something called bun which is a form of rice vermicelli. Another distinction between goi cuon is the fact that this Vietnamese spring roll dish is served fresh and cold instead of fried, which once again, plays into the statement that goi cuon is arguably the healthiest version of spring roll to ever exist. Goi cuon are commonly served as appetizers in Vietnam alongside accompanying dipping sauces such as fresh chili.

Popia merupakan sajian yang biasa didapati di negara-negara Asia Pasific. Popia berasal dari negara China dan kemudiannya berkembang ke negara-negara lain seperti Indonesia dan Filipina. Setiap negara mempunyai nama yang tersendiri untuk hidangan tersebut contohnya di Filipina, hidangan tersebut dinamakan sebagai Lumpia. Vietnam juga mempunyai variasi hidangan Popia mereka sendiri yang dinamakan - goi cuon - hidangan ini berbeza dari popia negara-negara lain bukan sahaja dari segi nama, tetapi juga cara penyediaan hidangan tersebut.

Gui cuon boleh dianggap sebagai popia yang sihat kerana menggunakan ramuan yang berkhasiat. Penggunaan banh trang ataupun kepingan beras nipis yang digunakan untuk membalut inti gui cuon. Pengunaan kepingan beras nipis ini menjadikan goi cuon menjadikan ianya berbeza bebanding dengan variasi hidangan ini di negara lain.

Kebiasaannya, inti gui cuon berbeza mengikut adat, budaya dan status sosial. Namun kebiasaannya bahan-bahan yang digunakan adalah daging, udang, sayur-sayuran dan bun, sejenis mee berasaskan beras. Berbeza dengan popia yang lain, goi cuon dihidang segar tanpa digoreng, menjadikannya satu hidangan yang segar dan sihat untuk dimakan. Goi cuon dihidang sebagai pembuka selera bersama hirisan cili sebagai cicahan.

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Where to eat in Da Nang

Thien Ly is an authentic Vietnamese restaurant that must be included in your shortlist when traveling to Da Nang. It is a Halal restaurant and provides a gluten-free option, a vegetarian option, etc. Thien Ly is one of the restaurants that serve the best pho in Danang with shout-outs from over a thousand customers on TripAdvisor and Google Maps. Please come and have a try for yourself! Halal party planner for outside catering service available here.


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