With build-your-own versions of everything from pizza to burrito bowls, it’s no surprise that newly opened Paper Rice is filling a void with their build-your-own spring rolls and spring bowls, a delicious new twist on traditional Vietnamese cuisine.
Start building your bowl with a base of noodles or salad, then top with one of seven proteins, farm fresh veggies and herbs, and a variety of toppings such as fried garlic or scallions. For an added kick, Paper Rice offers several house-made Vietnamese-influenced sauces (based on family recipes) including citrus, spicy, savory peanut, savory ginger, and mustard soy.
If you don’t want to “spring” for the DIY option, Paper Rice also offers a made-to-order selection including bánh mì, a traditional Vietnamese sandwich that is a fusion of veggies, meat, and herbs on a sourdough bun; as well as xôi chiên, a fried sticky rice patty filled with ground pork, shrimp, onion, and wood ear mushrooms.
L-D daily, 20 Union St., Ste. 150, Pasadena, 626-345-5333, paperrice.com
Photos by Johnson Diep