#80. Nem Nuong Cuon at Au Lac Restaurant

AKA BBQ Pork Roll
AKA BBQ Pork Roll
Vivian Le
We continue to countdown our 100 favorite dishes at local restaurants. We'll be sharing these with you every weekday until our annual Best Of Issue comes out. Enjoy!

#80. Nem Nướng Cuốn at Au Lac Restaurant

Yes, nem nướng cuốn it's already #99 on our list, but this tasty rendition's for all the herbivores out there. One look at the protein-to-veg proportion of this lovingly swaddled and impeccably presented appetizer lets you know that you're in the hands of true experts. Vegan or not, this beautifully crafted and immensely flavorful dish is a great way to kick start your meal and salivary glands!

Nothing tickles the tummy more than finger food, and the

nem nướng cuốn


Fountain Valley


Au Lac Restaurant

is no exception. This dish is composed of a thick strip of seasoned, soy-based imitation pork seared to a delectable crispness and then artfully arranged on a fresh bed of thinly sliced cucumbers, bean sprouts, julienned carrots and lettuce. A sprig of green onion garnishes the contents before they are tightly bundled in a supple sheet of rice paper.

Most places will saute thin slices of protein and lay them beneath an overwhelming mass of veggies for rolls that turn out to be more like miniature salad wraps. Au Lac's nem nướng uses one generous and solid portion of BBQ-seasoned protein. This detail adds just as much to the dish's texture as it does to its flavor. The result is a surprisingly hearty hand-held appetizer that can easily double as a light meal. It's also healthy, so grub to your heart's content without feeling like a pig!

Au Lac Restaurant
16563 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA

The list so far:

#100. Jerk Carnitas Torta at The Crosby
#99. Nem Nuong Cuon at Brodard
#98. Pork Chop Anything at Nice Time Deli
#97. Flying Saucer at Alberto's
#96. Frozen Custard at Marc Burger's in Macy's Signature Kitchen
#95. Collard Greens at Johnny Reb's
#94. Strawberry Shortcake from Job's Daughters
#93. Cuban Sandwich at DeSimone's Deli
#92. Lamb with Preserved Cabbage at Mas Islamic Chinese
#91. Baked Rice at Luc Dinh Ky
#90. Beans on Toast at The Olde Ship
#89. Midnight Al Pastor Burrito or Taco at Taqueria Tapatia
#88. Budino di Cioccolato, Pizzeria Ortica
#87. Beef Teriyaki Bowl, Teriyami
#86. Salmon Onigiri at Cream Pan
#85. Beef Fat Fries at SideDoor
#84. Silken Tofu & Thousand Year Old Egg at Asian Tapas
#83. Cambodian Beef Jerky at Sophy's
#82. Com Tam at Com Tam Tran Quy Cap
#81. Chipotle-Piloncillo Goat Cheese at SOL Cocina

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