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 Dessert / Recipes July 13, 2020 Panna Cotta with Balsamic Roasted Strawberries and Basil Sugar Story and recipe and photography by: Isabelle Bulota Strawberry season has arrived! There is so much we can do with this delicious, beautiful ... Read More Bar / Recipes February 27, 2020 Kuma Bitters For those who can’t be bothered to finesse and monitor the blending process of the three-jar method written about in March| April’s Bar 101, here ... Read More Food News October 1, 2019 Rancho Vignola – Vancouver Island Harvest Sale Rancho Vignola – New Crop Nuts & Dried Fruit is hosting its annual Vancouver Island Harvest Sale on November 29th and 30th at ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Causes / Chefs / Events / Food Heroes / Sustainability August 30, 2019 An Evening with Chef Ned Bell and Ocean Wise On August 20, 2019, Ocean Wise and Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Watching Tours teamed up to present the first in a series of speaker events in ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Comments are closed.