Ever since my enlistment, I have been constantly trying to keep up on my fitness level by maintaining a more clean diet by ridding off the usual sweets that I would used to have around my food adventures in the past. While watching the television the other day, the simplicity of Vietnamese cuisine caught my attention, and I knew it from then that I should seriously step out from my usual Japanese dons and Eggs Benedict and try something I had never thought I would have dared to try before.
The first place I had in my mind was Wrap & Roll. Having more than 10 outlets spanned across three countries worldwide, they have recently just opened their latest outlet at ION Orchard. The first outlet in Singapore which is in The Star Vista however still lacks the typical hustle and bustle given its location, which is why I decided to visit that outlet instead. The menu here is widely diversified as it aims to bring the tastes from the various parts of Vietnam together and offers appetisers such as the traditional rice rolls to mains such as noodles and rice sets.
(Bánh ướt cuốn thịt nướng or Grilled Pork in Steamed Rice Paper Rolls)
Bánh ướt cuốn thịt nướng (Grilled Pork in Steamed Rice Paper Rolls) is just one of the various dishes offered that uses steamed rice paper rolls, which is often used in Vietnamese cuisine. While the Steamed Rice Paper Rolls essentially replicates our Chee Cheong Fun in taste, the texture is more stiffer but chewy as compared to the slippery and wetter variation that we are more used to locally. The grilled pork also surprised us as we were expecting just something that would be served in a restaurant without the T-bone, but we would have never thought that it was marinated and grilled to the point that it was similar to satay. Coupled with a leafy vegetable which provided a crunchy and fresh taste, this dish felt so similar and close to us yet different at the same time.
(Đặc sản cuốn Sài Gòn or Taste of Saigon)
Đặc sản cuốn Sài Gòn (Taste of Saigon) is a dish that actually incorporated two fried items together as a platter. The Prawn Pancakes might look normal but they were rather crispy and was quite chewy from the prawns inside, which seemed rather fresh. The Traditional Deep Fried Spring Rolls were rather decent according to my dining partners, though people whom are allergic to peanuts should just stay away because it contains peanuts.
(Vietnamese Drip Coffee – Hot)
A trip to any Vietnamese restaurant cannot be considered done if one does not have Vietnamese Drip Coffee. A real treat for the patient, one would have to wait while the coffee drips into the cup. Servers would assist once it is ready for consumption. The coffee definitely would appeal to those whom love strong coffee that is mildly acidic. Interestingly, there was also a flowery scent that came through from within that made it different from the usual coffees elsewhere too. Also available cold with an option to have milk added as well.
Wrap & Roll is my first attempt on Vietnamese cuisine. Despite being a first, I must say that I was fairly surprised by how great Vietnamese food tastes while being so simple and clean at the same time. Given that it is my first attempt, I am not sure how authentic it really is as compared to the competition, but I would say that the quality of food is much of a high level yet prices are kept rather affordable. At least after this meal I am glad to be able to crave for something new, and the best of all? A place that could answer all of my new cravings.
Wrap & Roll
The Star Vista
1 Vista Exchange Green