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Spring Roll

These spring rolls have savory pork, cabbage, glass noodles, carrots and mushrooms wrapped in a thin crackly crisp shell.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Chinese
Level Intermediate
Main Ingredient Mushrooms, Pork, Vegetable
Diet Dairy-Free, Low Sugar
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 15 spring

Ingredients

For filling

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger (minced)
  • 170 grams ground pork (ground chicken or turkey is fine)
  • 1 small onion (shredded)
  • 125 grams carrot (~1 large carrot shredded)
  • 70 grams celery (~1 rib shredded)
  • 70 grams fresh shiitake mushrooms (2-3 large ones)
  • 280 grams napa cabbage (shredded)
  • 70 grams glass noodles (rehydrated and chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine (or dry sherry)
  • 2 teaspoons potato starch (halve if using cornstarch)
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For spring rolls

  • 15 sheets spring roll wrappers
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • vegetable oil (for deep-frying)

For sauce

  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons potato starch (halve if using cornstarch)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Combine the oyster sauce, Shaoxing, potato starch, soy sauce, white pepper and salt in a small bowl and whisk together.
  2. Heat a large frying pan over medium high heat. Add the sesame oil and ginger and fry until fragrant. Add the ground pork and stir-fry, using the edge of a spatula to break up the meat into little crumbs.
  3. When the meat is cooked, add the onion, carrot, celery, and shiitake mushrooms and continue stir-frying until the carrots are mostly cooked. Add the napa cabbage and glass noodles and continue stir-frying until the cabbage is mostly cooked. Add the sauce and stir-fry until there is no liquid left. Let this mixture cool.
  4. Make some glue by combing 3 tablespoons flour with 3 tablespoons water.
  5. Peel the wrappers and spread them out as pictured with about 1/2" of the wrapper below showing. This makes it easy to paint glue on several wrappers at once. Spread the glue with a pastry bush along the top edges of the wrapper.
  6. Place about 1/3 cup of the room temperature filling about 2 inches above the bottom corner of the wrapper.
  7. Tightly roll the wrapper and filling half-way.
  8. Fold the left edge over right up against the edge of the filling, then fold the right edge over. The trick here is to taper your fold slightly so that the open flap is a little narrower than the bottom of the roll as this will create a good seal and prevent flaps of dough that will invite oil into your roll. It should look a bit like an open envelope at this point.
  9. Finish by continuing to roll until the flap seals itself against the roll.
  10. To make the sweet and sour sauce, whisk together the water, vinegar, sugar, ketchup, potato starch and salt in a small saucepan until there are no lumps. Bring the mixture to a boil stirring constantly until your sauce has thickened.
  11. Prepare a paper towel lined rack. Pour about 2" of vegetable oil into a heavy bottomed pot and heat to 320 degrees F.
  12. Fry the springrolls a few at a time, being careful not to overcrowd the pot. Turn them over frequently so that they brown evenly. When they reach an even tan color, transfer the spring rolls to your rack and allow them to drain. Repeat with the rest of the spring rolls.