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Summer’s all about keeping things light and simple. Sideline the fussy plating, and invite guests to play a hands-on role in creating this Vietnamese feast. Much of the prep can be done in advance so when friends arrive, all you have to do is lay out building blocks and let guests go to town composing their own masterpieces of flavor and texture.
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A refreshing salad rolled up in rice paper is one of Vietnam’s culinary treasures.
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Light and Sweet
Lychee ginger ice and sesame cookies satisfy the sweet tooth without being heavy.
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Rose Brand Spring-Roll Skins (Banh Trang)
Look for these wrappers, made from rice paper, at Asian markets and gourmetfoodworld.com.
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Willis Eagle Sesame Cookies
These thin wafers are nutty, crunchy, and not too sweet. Find them at posharpstore.com.
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Huy Fong Sambal Oelek
This chili paste is available at Asian markets, some supermarkets, and kalustyans.com.
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