Where: Star Restaurant (149 Nicolson St, Footscray, VIC, 2011)
What: DIY rice paper rolls
Now, I'm not an expert on Melbourne's western suburbs, but my delightful friend, V (who blogs about similar food related things over at The misadventures of MissC - check it out!) is my guru on all things "Wesside", as we like to call it. She recommended that we (accompanied by our long suffering partners) head out to try some DIY rice paper roll making at Star.
The restaurant is a typical cheap and cheerful inner city Vietnamese, complete with mandatory lurid laminex tables. The DIY BBQ/rice paper roll option is tucked away in a predictably long menu, complete with a couple of less obvious crocodile and venison dishes. Naturally, being the patriotic Aussies that we are, we had to try a side of croc to accompany our venison and beef rice paper rolls.
Overall, the experience was fun and interactive, the ingredients were fresh and tasty and the company was fabulous!
There's really little more to say - instead I'll let the pictures do the talking.
This is how a pro rolls a rice paper roll:
...and this is how Georgia's turns out.
There's clearly only one solution - practice!