I’ve had some strange cravings since becoming vegan. Strange for me, anyway. I never thought I’d have a taste for tofu or seitan. Such cravings have happened but, more often than not, I want Asian food. Recently, I wanted spring rolls but not the crispy ones; the big ones with noodles and veggies shoved inside rice paper and served with peanut sauce. I can make a tasty peanut sauce but I haven’t yet perfected the art of wrapping those rolls. Instead of attempting to make them myself, I took to the internet and began searching for a restaurant in my area that served them.
I found several restaurants that served them but none I could order. I found rolls that contained shrimp, some that contained chicken, some that contained both shrimp and chicken. The only vegetarian ones I found were at a Thai place I frequent but even those contained eggs. The only place I found that served meat and egg free soft Thai rolls was Fire Bowl Cafe. Fire Bowl isn’t a place that convenient for me to get to but, I had a craving, and I made the time. I made a meal of it and created my own bowl with brown rice, vegetables, tofu, and Thai Red Curry sauce. My cost came in at just over ten dollars and I received enough food to make two meals.
The rolls were everything I wanted-I got extra peanut dipping sauce-but the basil in them was pungent.
I’ve got to pick up rice papers from my local grocery and learn to make the rolls myself. Until then, I did find that Vitamin Cottage sells the same soft Thai rolls; completely vegan. They come with plum sauce instead of peanut sauce but I’m not opposed to trying them. They’ll do in a pinch until I master the recipe for Vietnamese Salad Wraps I found in my Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats From Around the World cookbook by Allyson Kramer. That, and master the rolling of the rice papers.