Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls – Prawn & Pork

Rice paper rolls for dinner. It’s always best to make your own rice paper roll rather than pre-making rice paper rolls.

It gives the family or company time to bond and of course you can make your roll as big or small as you want.

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Now how easy is it to prepare and put together? This easy!

So, what are the main ingredients and I’ve added a few tips to putting it together.

I’m going to list this in the order I put my rice paper roll together.

Rice Paper Rolls – best to get them from an Asian grocer rather than your local supermarket like Coles or Woolworths. Have a bowl of hot water to put the rice paper roll in to soften it up ready for rolling.

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Lettuce – usually it’s prepared in big pieces but you can also chop em up into smaller pieces.

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Mint Leaves & Greens – I like it with mint leaves but there’s other types of leaves you can use to mix it up.

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Rice Virmicelli – thin rice noodles you can get from any supermarket or Asian grocer. I don’t like to put alot but some people like to pile this onto their roll.

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Cucumber – not necessary but gives the crunch in the roll

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Prawns – just boil and peel them. If you’re using larger prawns I like to cut them in half

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Pork – boil some pork belly and then cut them into slices

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Hoisin Sauce – get this from your local Asian grocer. Start with a bit of oil in a pot on medium heat, add some chopped up garlic, then add the hoisin sauce mixture, add a pinch of salt, a spoonful of peanut butter (yup peanut butter) and then add some boiling water. Make sure to stir constantly.

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That’s it. Not hard at all and the best thing about it is that it’s quite healthy minus the sauce.

Joomak – Hidden Korea Melbourne

 

Door

When I say hidden, I really mean hidden. There’s no sign outside on the street, well none that I could see, so if you happen to stumble across this place by just walking through a door down Swanston St having a look what’s downstairs then you’ve done very well. How did I find out about this place? Unfortunately I didn’t stumble upon this place but it was pointed out by a friend who begged me to not put this on my blog because it’s such a hidden treasure. Oh well, sharing is caring.

The entrance is a bit shabby and their sign which from memory last time I went past wasn’t there so I guess it’s a little easier to find now.

Joomak Letters

But once you walk in, you feel like you’re in Korea. Well that’s what my partner said because she recently came back from there. As you walk in there’s cute little seating compartments, a bar and some casual seating area in front of the bar. My partner and I got to sit in this cute little booth for two. Sort of reminded me of the cupboard space underneath a staircase (I wasn’t paying much attention but it probably was the area underneath a staircase, lol) Joomak Interior

Table for two

seating areaHad some beef bulgogi which was my favourite and was very full of flavour and I loved the straw mushrooms on top.

Beef Bulgogi

Pork belly went super well with its accompanied sides but obviously very plain on its own. I think you’re supposed to wrap it in the cabbage and then add the sweet pickled radish or something that came with it. Should of asked, got excited because the menu said pork belly.Pork Belly

We also grabbed some beef soup which went well with what we got and hit the spot on a cold long winter night.Beef Soup

Then of course a whole bunch of sides which is why I love Korean food and restaurants. The side dish that I found weird because I hadn’t seen it served or tried it like that before was the ‘raw garlic’. Have you ever eaten garlic like that? Was weird but I quite liked it and helped with some of the spicy items.Raw Garlic

I’m pretty sure its cash only, so make sure you bring some mulla and they probably don’t do bookings either. They’re open from 5pm every day and close til late.Joomak Trading Hours

I like Joomak’s interior and the food was okay but the prices were a bit steep for the amount you get. I would of liked to have tried some of their soju wine’s, cocktails and drinks but it wasn’t that type of night. The seating booths are cute but if you’ve got a big group, prepare to squish together.

I didn’t know but the corner of Swanston St and A’beckett St in Melbourne hosts some funky looking Korean and Japanese restaurants. Might have to do a series on that area. But I do see myself going back to Joomak for some wine, cocktails and light nibblies.

Joomak Dishes

Location:Basement 407-409 Swanston St Melbourne, 3000
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