Written By Holly Brooke Edibles / Top 5 / Victoria Jun 19, 2014 The Best Spring Rolls in Victoria SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestA tasty appetizer in East and Southeast Asian cuisine is the spring roll. Not exactly for the calorie conscious, but let’s face it, spring rolls are just too good to ignore. Crispy and deep-fried (though sometimes baked); they are the perfect bite-sized hors d’oeuvre.Often confused with the salad roll, which are made with fresh ingredients and not fried, spring rolls are either filled with cooked meat such as minced pork, chicken, or shrimp and veggies such as onions, carrots, celery, and sometimes vermicelli noodles. The wrapper is made from either wheat or rice paper. Dipping sauces for spring rolls can either be sweet and sour like a plum sauce, or spicy vinaigrettes and chutneys.Here are five of Victoria’s tastiest spring rolls.Paneer Spring Roll, Kuku’s East Indian RestaurantA specialty at Kuku’s and very popular with the locals are Anita’s handmade paneer rolls (the original recipe was created by Anita’s mother in England, who made them for parties and family gatherings). Filled with shredded paneer, onions, cilantro, green chilies, and peas, you will have a hard time stopping at just one. Served with house made mint chutney and tamarind chutney. Delicious! $1.25 each or five for $5. Por Pia (Veggie Spring Roll), Thai Lemongrass RestaurantThese are so tasty and surprisingly light as far as spring rolls go. Not oily at all, but still crispy and full of flavor. Filled with a mix of cilantro, onion, sweet Taiwan cabbage, celery, and glass noodles and served with a house made plum sauce. $7 for four.Chicken and Vegetarian Spring Rolls, Shanghai Noodle RestaurantWhat I like about these spring rolls is the amount of filling in each one, and that they are made fresh per order. Loaded with shredded chicken, bamboo, bean sprouts, carrots, cabbage, and just a little garlic; so flavorful they don’t need any sauce. Although, if I want something to dip in, I like them with the house made Vietnamese vinaigrette for a sweet and sour contrast. $1.80 each.Vietnamese Spring Roll, LePetit SaigonLooking for something vegan and gluten free? This is your roll. Wrapped in rice paper and fried until extra crispy, you can’t go wrong here. These are a true Vietnamese delight; filled with tofu, carrots, onions, and rice vermicelli and served with a sweet and tangy chili sauce for the perfect bite. $4.50 per roll.House Spring Roll, J & J Wonton Noodle HouseThis little roll is a step away from the traditional Chinese spring roll with the addition of sweet peaches, mangos, and pear. Available with shrimp or vegetarian, they are sweet, creamy, and crispy. A good start to a great meal. $1.60 each. SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Holly Brooke Holly Brooke is a true B.C. gal. Having lived on the west coast most of her life, except for several years in the Kootenay's where she canoed and fished and lived in a tipi, she's very much at home outdoors and in the kitchen. ... Read More You may also like Breads / Food / How to Cook / Recipes July 13, 2021 Rosemary and Feta Potato Loaf A delicious homemade bread is always a welcome treat that can really set the mood for a good day. This is an approachable recipe to bring to holiday ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News January 28, 2021 CITY EATS February | March 2021 If you haven’t yet taken advantage of Victoria’s free local delivery program, Downtown Delivers, you have until February 15 to try it ... Read More Food News / Pantry / Review January 28, 2021 Some Like It Hot — A Hot Sauce Tasting Party A Hot Sauce Tasting Party Gillie Easdon gathered 15 local, house-made hot sauces and four brave souls to taste-test them. It was a mid-October, late ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News December 7, 2020 EAT’s 2020 Gift Guide EAT’s 2020 Gift Guide. Not just for the holidays! Bolen Books Flavor by Yotam Ottolenghi ($45.00) Cat’s Meow Trivet ($6.95) Book Seat ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News November 30, 2020 CITY EATS December 2020 | January 2021 A new bakery has opened in the Leland building at 2506 Douglas St. Working Culture Bread is serving up naturally leavened sourdough breads, as well ... Read More Food / Food News / Restaurants November 30, 2020 Eating Out—At Home Originally published in EAT Oct|Nov issue. Are you missing those romantic date night dinners, a favourite dish from a local chef, the fluffy ... Read More Comments are closed.