Okay, so I totally get why these Ginger Tofu Fresh Rolls probably made you raise an eyebrow. I will admit they are a strange dish to kick-off December with. Most blogs are currently flooded with holiday cookies, cocktails, and gourmet host gifts but not this one. Oh no. Instead, this weirdo blog is posting a recipe that would be right at home in the middle of August. A recipe that would offer welcome relief from a raging heatwave. There is a reason for this bizarre content strategy. I promise.
Elsewhere on this blog, I have expressed my love and adoration of Vietnamese food. Although I have the ridiculous habit of ordering pho in every country I’ve ever visited, Vietnamese bún dishes are actually my favorites. These dishes represent everything I love about Vietnamese cuisine. The contrast between raw and cooked ingredients, the juxtaposition of clean and simple flavors against the pungent and sharp, and the fact that no two bites are the same! The only problem with a good bún dish is they only seem simple. Making them happen at home can be complicated. So, what you see here is not just a bowl of Vietnamese Caramelized Pork paired with a Rice Noodle Salad. No, what you see here is a personal triumph a long time coming.
Once upon a time, I used to cringe at the thought of a fresh roll. I thought they were for the unadventurous and the dieting – the flavorless consolation prize to a crisp spring roll. But that was before I actually had one. Forgive me. I didn’t know what I was saying. I didn’t know that rice paper sheets have this magnificent chew or that greens magically taste better within their walls. I didn’t know you could find just about anything in a fresh roll, like noodles, pineapple, shrimp, and chicken. I didn’t know Vietnamese food was magic! I think it’s safe to say I’ve seen the light and today’s Caramel Fried Chicken Fresh Rolls further solidify that fact.
Warning! I’m about to talk about my boyfriend. Before you click away from this page for fear of extreme mushiness, I promise I’ll get to the Chilli Chicken Ramen momentarily. Feel free to scroll through until the word “boyfriend” disappears. Or better yet, fixate on the photos. I mean, let’s face it, you’re here for the sweet, sweet food porn and a recipe. I’m not offended. I’ve been guilty of the same thing. To those of you who find my personal life compelling or are too polite for your own good, please proceed to the next paragraph. I am grateful you’ve chosen to indulge me.