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How to Make Chinese Spring Rolls with Pork

June 11th, 2013 Cooking

Spring rolls are among the tastiest at-home treats that you can make yourself, and with Chinese New Year coming fast, cooking them with family could be a fun holiday activity. Below is a recipe for Chinese spring rolls with pork (minimum of 50 rolls).

Wrapper
According to Steamy Kitchen,Wei-Chuan is the best wrapper brand for spring rolls. Some people try to use pasta noodles, but they are too thick and won't fry properly when placed in hot oil (the final step). When putting the filling into the wrapper, be sure only to dole out a heaping tablespoon or less. More will cause the wrapper to get soggy, and it will prevent the spring roll from becoming crispy.

Filling
The filling consists of meat and vegetables. For the meat, you will need 1 pound ground pork, 1 tablespoon (tbsp) soy sauce, 1 teaspoon (tsp) cornstarch, 1/4 tsp sugar and freshly ground black peppers. For the vegetables, you will require a few cloves of finely minced garlic, 1/2 head of cabbage,three shredded carrots, 10 shiitake mushrooms, 1 tbsp cooking oil, 1 tbsp rice wine, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp sesame oil, 1/4 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp of grated fresh ginger.

Make some spring rolls
The ingredients list may go on, but the process of making spring rolls is fairly simple. After mixing the ingredients for the ground pork in a bowl, let themmarinate for 10 minutes. In the meantime, slice mushrooms, carrots and cabbage into small strips or use a food processor for easy shredding. Squeeze out any excess juices into paper towel.

Heat a wok or saute‚Äč pan at high temperature and stir-fry the pork for two minutes. Add the vegetables, garlic and ginger and stir-fry for another minute.

Dump out your finished filling and put no more than a heaping tablespoon near one corner of a wrapper. Fold until the corner covers the contents of the roll and pull taught until the roll is tight. Fold the adjacent sides over the middle, tighten again, and continue rolling. To get a more visual description of this process, there are several good YouTube videos available.

Fill a pot with two inches of cooking oil and heat to 375 F. Place rolls in the hot oil using tongs or a spider strainerto avoid getting hit by splatters of oil. Turn them occasionally with a metal tong and remove after about 1 1/2 minutes. Let cool, and you will have delicious egg rolls ready to eat.

For vegetarian or vegan spring rolls, check out Steamy Kitchen's Healthy Cooking 101 page.