I've been wanting to make spring rolls for a long time. Actually, I've been wanting to make Filipino lumpia for a long time. Similar, the wrapper is different; lighter. I tried making my own but the results were not great. The recipe warned of potential cracking while rolling. Yeah, so why put the recipe in the book? It didn't work; plenty of cracking. I shelved the idea until I came across these Golden Bowl spring roll wrappers in the kosher frozen section of the store.
Egg roll wrappers, pot sticker wrappers and wonton wrappers are all heavier; more noodle like. These wrappers are bigger, lighter, whiter and have a very interesting texture. They are wonderful! Excited, I get busy prepping random vegetables which I like in a spring roll. Use whatever vegetables you prefer. They get wilted in a wok or frying pan before use. You'll need about 1/4 cup of filling for each spring roll.
I made the Sweet and Sour Sauce to go with the fried spring rolls. Both, much more fabulous than any kosher (and probably non-kosher) restaurant, is worth making at home. With 8 nights of Chanukah, change it up again and fry some spring rolls!
|Number of servings:||18 spring rolls|
|Main Ingredient(s):||Asian Wrappers - Spring Roll, Wonton Gyoza|
|Skill Level:||2 (1 Easy - 5 Hard)|
|Estimated POINT value:|
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh shiitake mushrooms
- 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons finely minced ginger
- 1/2 cup thinly bias cut green onions
- 1/2 cup thinly bias cut celery
- 1 cup thinly sliced red pepper, about 1" lengths
- 3/4 cup grated carrot
- 1 cup thinly sliced white onion
- 4 cups of thinly shredded cabbage
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil for wilting the vegetables
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- fry oil for frying spring rolls, about 2 1/2" in a heavy pot or deep fryer
1 package "Golden Bowl" Spring Roll Wrappers (available frozen)
Prep vegetables as noted in ingredient list. You can add bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, etc. Whatever you like!
Heat the oil in the wok or frying pan. Add the vegetables that require the most time to wilt first. Cook over medium high heat for a few minutes.
Add the remaining vegetables that require less cooking time, like cabbage and green onions.
While the vegetables cook, mix the soy sauce and cornstarch together. Add to the wilted vegetables with the pepper. Cook for about 30 seconds. The cornstarch will thicken any juices the vegetables may have created.
Open the spring roll wrappers and gently peel a few apart.
Place on the work surface. Add about 1/4 cup of filling to the lower corner.
Fold the lower corner up over the filling.
Fold the sides in making sure the top is even, or slightly narrower, than the width of the spring roll.
Roll up the spring roll. Set aside while you make the rest.
Set the spring rolls in the freezer while you heat the oil. The oil needs to be 375'F for best results.
When the oil is ready, take a few spring rolls and gently add to the hot oil. Cook until light golden brown.
Drain on paper towels and repeat. You can also keep some of the egg rolls frozen for future use. Just wrap them well.
Keep the spring rolls warm in the oven on low while you finish making the rest. Serve warm with Sweet and Sour Sauce.
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