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Dragon fruit-flavored rice paper rolls, Hanoi's new choice for foodies

03:00 | 08/03/2020

A Hanoi restaurant has introduced its special flavor of steamed rice paper rolls made with red dragon fruits, turning the usual white to pink skin and a lightly sweet taste, drawing flocks of curious eaters every day. 

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Duong Thi Hanh (71) from Dinh Village, Thanh Tri District, owner of the popular rice paper rolls restaurant in at 26B Tho Xuong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, started making the dish since 14 years old. Hanh came up with the idea of creating the dish with red dragon fruit to give the tradtional dish a new taste, also to help Vietnamese farmers rescue the amount of dragon fruits stuck amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

"Many people encouraged me to make the unique recipe, I was more confident in the first place", the lady said. (Photo: NDO)

dragon fruit flavored rice paper rolls hanois new choice for foodies
The dragon fruit is peeled, chopped (Photo: NDO)
dragon fruit flavored rice paper rolls hanois new choice for foodies
... then pressed into juice (Photo: NDO)
dragon fruit flavored rice paper rolls hanois new choice for foodies
After that, the flour and water is mixed with dragon fruit juice in a ratio that creates a beautiful pink. Hanh and her staff had to adjust the ratio several times to have the right ratio, as there are fruits that are not ripen enough to have the sweet taste and pink color. (Photo: NDO)
dragon fruit flavored rice paper rolls hanois new choice for foodies
Following steps are the same with the traditional rice paper rolls. (Photo: NDO)
dragon fruit flavored rice paper rolls hanois new choice for foodies

Although the stages are not too complicated, it is essential to have a special secret to make beautiful and delicious steamed roll rice pancakes. (Photo: NDO)

dragon fruit flavored rice paper rolls hanois new choice for foodies
The thin and soft rice paper, fragrant meat fillings and delicious dipping sauces are important factors in making steamed roll rice pancakes. (Photo: NDO)
dragon fruit flavored rice paper rolls hanois new choice for foodies
Besides, steamed egg roll rice paper with dragon fruit is another new favorite choice of customers. (Photo: NDO)
dragon fruit flavored rice paper rolls hanois new choice for foodies
The rice paper rolls with red dragon fruit has a slightlty sweet taste, better enjoyed right after done steaming. "Total cost to make this special dish is higher than the normal one, yet we decided not to raise its price to help farmers 'rescure' dragon fruits", Hanh said. "It's only 35.000 VND/ serving of 7 rolls". (Photo: NDO)
dragon fruit flavored rice paper rolls hanois new choice for foodies

The restaurant started selling the new rice paper rolls 10 days back, with 400-500 serving each, mostly online orders. There is even a 20-serving order. Customers at the restaurant have to wait 20-30 mins. (Photo: Ngoi sao)

dragon fruit flavored rice paper rolls hanois new choice for foodies
Thang (Thanh Xuan district) immediately asked his friend out to try the dish right after fiding out about rice paper rolls with red dragon fruit on Facebook. "The rolls boast a stunning color, slight sweet taste. It is not that chewy like the traditional one, but has new flavor. This is a pretty interesting idea to rescue produces. The price is quite resonable for collegers", Thang shared. (Photo: Ngoi sao)
dragon fruit flavored rice paper rolls hanois new choice for foodies
David, an American visitor, enjoyed both dragon fruit and normal rice paper rolls and was satisfied with the dishes. "Your cuisine is top-notch, deserves the number one among the countries I've visited", the foreign customer excited.

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