Antwerp’s China Town and Vietnamese Summer Rolls

This week has actually felt like it is really Summer here in Antwerp. What better way to celebrate than with Vietnamese Summer rolls? Sunday is always my day off, so I took advantage of the sunshine and visited China Town. Although it’s called China Town, maybe Little Asia is a better name because they sell food from all Asian countries, including Vietnam. It’s also the only recognized China Town in Belgium!

China Town is located close to the Central Station and the Koningin Astridplein. I passed the fair on my way. There always seems to be a fair somewhere in Antwerp.

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Ferris Wheel at Koningin Astridplein

There is a beautiful arch at the entrance of China Town, but unfortunately it’s being renovated. So the photo today looks like this:

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The arch under construction

But before it looked like this:

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The arch before construction

China Town is really just one long street and the best Asian supermarket, Chinese restaurants, and Chinese bakeries are located there!

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China Town

And my favorite Asian supermarket where you can literally find everything – Sun Wah.

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Sun Wah

After doing groceries I prepared all of the ingredients for the Summer rolls: homemade peanut sauce, lettuce, shredded carrots, mixed fresh herbs (basil, mint, and cilantro), green onions, rice vermicilli, shrimp (already cooked and cold), and rice paper.

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The ingredients

The wraps are really easy to make once everything else is prepared.

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Making the Summer rolls

And the finished product!

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Vietnamese Summer Rolls

And of course I want to include a photo of Vietnam on a map:

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Vietnam

While I was at Sun Wah I couldn’t resist buying some Japanese Mochi for dessert!

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Maccha and Azuki Bean Mochi

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