Chinese Spring Rolls

Ingredient:

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine or white wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil divided
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1-2 stalks green onion chopped
  • 1/2 head of small cabbage about 8 ounces, shredded
  • 2 carrots thin julienne cut
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 50 frozen spring roll wrappers defrosted
  • 2 cups cooking oil vegetable, canola or peanut oil for deep frying

For the Cornstarch Slurry

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

Preparation:

Prepare the Filling

  1. In a large bowl, combine the soy sauce, wine, pepper and cornstarch. Add in the chicken and mix well. Let marinate for 10 minutes (or up to overnight in the refrigerator).
  2. Heat a wok or large saute pan over high heat. When hot, swirl in just 1 tablespoon of the cooking oil. Stir fry the ground chicken until browned. Remove browned ground chicken from wok to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Wipe the wok clean and turn heat to medium. When just starting to get hot, swirl in the remaining cooking oil. Add in the green onion, garlic and ginger and cook for 30 seconds. Take care not to burn these aromatics. Add in the carrots and cabbage. Stir well and turn the heat to medium-high. Stir fry the vegetables for 2 minutes, or until the carrots have softened. Add the cooked chicken back into the wok, stir well. Add in the oyster sauce and toss again. Spread the mixture out on a baking sheet to let cool. Prop up the baking sheet on one end so that any liquid collects on the other side. When the mixture is cool, discard the liquid.

Wrapping Spring Rolls

  1. Mix cornstarch slurry: in a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water. Open the egg roll wrapper package, cover with barely damp towel to prevent drying out.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of filling to egg roll and roll up. Secure with cornstarch slurry. Keep rolled egg rolls covered with plastic wrap to prevent drying.

Frying Spring Rolls

  1. When ready to fry, heat 1 1/2″ of oil in a wok or deep, heavy skillet to 350F. Carefully slide in the egg rolls, a few at a time, to the oil to fry. Turn the egg rolls occassionally to brown evenly and fry for about 3 minutes. Let cool on rack. Repeat with remaining.

Yield:
50 rolls

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