If you love east Asian food as much as I do, then your strongest culinary cravings always steer toward soul-warming noodle dishes, rich ramen and spicy curries. But sometimes, especially during the hottest months of the year, your desire to gobble up those hearty dishes is replaced by something oh-so-bright and light: fresh spring rolls. I love the ones served at Lae’s Authentic Egg Rolls, a food truck that you’ve probably seen around town at local events and breweries. Their fresh spring rolls feature a tender rice paper casing that is jam packed with crisp and crunchy veggies (lettuce, carrots, cucumbers), a mountain of fresh herbs, cold vermicelli rice noodles and thinly sliced shrimp. Every bite tastes like summertime, and the peanut dipping sauce is lick-your-fingers delish. My favorite way to make a meal here is to get an order of fresh spring rolls and go with a friend who’ll get an order of Chinese BBQ pork sticks. There are two in each order, so you and your pal can split for the perfect lunchtime portion of food. The piping-hot pork sticks are crispy, slightly sweet and pure umami—the perfect foil to those super-fresh spring rolls.
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