Preparing Chinese New Year Chun Juan

Chun Juan Spring Rolls on a plate with various dipping sauces.

Chun Juan, also known as Spring Rolls, is a popular Chinese dish often enjoyed during the Chinese New Year and other festive occasions. We have prepared a more conventional recipe for spring rolls for other times of the year if you fancy trying these. Here’s a simple recipe to make our version of Chinese New Year Chun Juan for 4 people:

Ingredients

For the Filling

  • 1 cup finely shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup julienned carrots
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 cup thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 cup cooked and cooled vermicelli noodles
  • 1/2 cup chopped spring onions (scallions)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil for cooking

For the Wrappers

  • 12-16 spring roll wrappers (spring roll skins)

For Dipping Sauce

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Optional: chili sauce or minced garlic for added flavor

Preparation

  1. Prepare the Filling:
    • In a large pan or wok, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
    • Add minced garlic and stir-fry for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
    • Add shredded cabbage, julienned carrots, bean sprouts, shiitake mushrooms, and chopped spring onions. Stir-fry for 3-4 minutes until vegetables are slightly tender but still crisp.
    • Add soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
    • Add cooked vermicelli noodles to the vegetable mixture. Stir and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
    • Remove the filling from heat and let it cool.
  2. Prepare the Wrappers:
    • If using frozen spring roll wrappers, make sure to thaw them according to the package instructions.
    • Lay out a spring roll wrapper on a clean surface with one corner facing you (diamond shape).
  3. Assemble the Spring Rolls:
    • Place 2-3 tablespoons of the cooled filling near the bottom corner of the wrapper.
    • Fold the bottom corner over the filling and tuck it under the filling.
    • Fold the side corners over the filling, forming an envelope shape.
    • Roll the wrapper upwards tightly, sealing the top corner with a bit of water to ensure it sticks.
  4. Repeat:
    • Repeat the process until all the filling is used or the desired number of spring rolls is reached.
  5. Deep-Fry or Bake:
    • Heat oil in a deep fryer or a large, deep pan to 350-375°F (175-190°C).
    • Carefully deep-fry the spring rolls until they are golden brown and crispy (about 3-5 minutes).
    • Alternatively, you can brush the spring rolls with oil and bake in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Prepare Dipping Sauce:
    • In a small bowl, mix soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, and sesame oil to make the dipping sauce. Adjust the ingredients to taste.
    • Optional: Add chili sauce or minced garlic to the dipping sauce for extra flavor.
  7. Serve:
    • Serve the Chun Juan hot with the dipping sauce on the side.

Enjoy your homemade Chun Juan Spring Rolls!

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