The Heritage Festival is an event that we eagerly anticipate each year! My wife and I have been going for many many years, and now we have been going with our son for several years. This year he seems particularity excited and has been planning what to see and do for weeks. It has been getting very intense this last week as menus became available and more information on the Heritage Festival website. Out of the blue we will hear announcements as to how many days and hours until the festival starts!
Each year one of the dishes he most anticipates is the various spring rolls that many of the pavilions have, and this year he wanted to share his knowledge and expertise in tasting these with you!
These wonderful fried morsels are found in South and East Asian countries, with different flavour profiles, wrappers, fillings and techniques used in the different cultures.
This year there are 6 pavilions with spring rolls on the menu, for each one both Joseph and I will provide our review, and at the end give you our recommendation. So watch this space July 30, 2016 for our updates during the day!
Vietnamese – Spring Rolls (4 pieces – 5 tickets) – ground pork and vegetables
Joseph – These spring rolls were very good, very crispy with lots of flavour. Makes you wish you are in Vietnam!
Larry – Very crispy, loaded with ground pork and vegetables. Well seasoned, get with the Sambal Olek!
Philippines – Spring Roll (3 pieces – 7 tickets) – ground beef, shrimp, carrots, potatoes, oatmeal, eggs, and pepper
Joseph – These are good, but have too many ingredients with none being highlighted. Expensive compared to others.
Larry – Presentation is good on a bed of lettuce with some very tasty strawberries as garnish. Rolls themselves are OK but could use more flavour.
Malaysia & Singapore – Vegetable Spring Rolls (6 pieces – 4 tickets) – cabbage, carrots and bean sprouts
Joseph – These are very good, one of my favourites as they are simple and delicious! Worth every ticket!
Larry – These are nice little packets of flavour, but with a simple list of ingredients. The pavilion is very well organized with super customer service.
Hong Kong – Spring Roll (2 pieces – 4 tickets) – vegetables in rice paper
Joseph – Very good with nice flavour, but a little bit greasy.
Larry – Nice and crispy, and unlike most others, the vegetables are not ground or over cooked. You can see the carrots cabbage and bean sprouts.
Chinese – Spring Rolls (3 pieces – 5 tickets) – vegetables in wonton wrapping
Joseph – The Chinese spring rolls taste very good, nice and crispy, a great comfort food.
Larry – These are a really good spring roll this year, crispy and not greasy, good flavour with the mixed vegetables.
Indonesia – Lumpia (2 pieces – 5 tickets) – 2 versions vegetable and meat
Joseph – The vegetable lumpia you could see all the good vegetables, cooked perfectly with crispy wrapper and vegetables still crunchy too. The meat lumpia was flavoured well with simple ingredients and good beef flavour.
Larry – The vegetable lumpia are very good, along with mixed vegetables, and there is also vermicelli. The meat lumpia are also very good with a nice mixture of beef and vegetables along with the vermicelli. They were also served with a mix of freshly pickled cucumbers, carrots and onions – a nice addition in very meat filled day! Pro tip for these although the menu has choice of vegetable and meat, you can get 1 of each!
Our Overall Recommendation
Joseph – The best one here is the Vietnamese spring roll. I could stay here all day eating these! For a pure vegetable one, I would have to say that the Malaysian Singapore spring roll was my favourite! My least favourite was the Philippine spring roll, which was lacking in flavour.
Larry – The Vietnamese spring roll is a big hit with us, packed with a tasty filling and cooked perfectly. Close runner ups are the offerings from Indonesia (both the vegetable and meat lumpia), and the Malaysia Singapore spring rolls. The best value are the Vietnamese and Malaysia Singapore. As Joseph said, the Philippine offering was a bit disappointing, plus it was the most expensive of the lot.