How to Make Fried Spring Rolls (Chun Juan)

Fried spring rolls with sweet chili sauce and lime on plate.
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Spring rolls (Chun Juan) are probably everybody’s favourite appetizer at a Chinese restaurant. The only competitor is the ubiquitous dumpling. In China, spring rolls are especially popular in the south of the country. They are also eaten at the Chinese New Year where they symbolize wealth and fresh start. You might also like to try our recipe then for Chinese New Year Chun Juan.

It is critical the spring rolls are fried in hot oil so that the rolls become crispy. If it is too cool the rolls will be soggy but avoid getting the oil too hot otherwise it burns. 

Preparation time; 40 minutes; Cooking time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 10-12 spring roll wrappers
  • 1/2 cup carrots, grated
  • 1/2 cup cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup cooked and diced chicken or pork (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Vegetable Oil for frying

For the dipping sauce:

  • 100g tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • small piece ginger, grated
  • pinch of caster sugar

Preparation:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the grated carrots, shredded cabbage, bean sprouts, cooked chicken or pork (if using), soy sauce, oyster sauce, cornstarch, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to combine.
  2. Place one spring roll wrapper on a clean, flat surface. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the filling onto the wrapper, placing it closer to one end.
  3. Fold the bottom of the wrapper up over the filling, then fold in the sides. Roll the wrapper up tightly until you reach the end, brushing a little bit of water on the end to seal it.
  4. Repeat the process with the remaining spring roll wrappers and filling.
  5. Heat about 2 inches of oil in a deep frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, carefully place the spring rolls in the pan, a few at a time, and fry until golden brown, turning occasionally.
  6. Remove the spring rolls with a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
  7. Serve the fried spring rolls hot with either the dipping sauce suggested above or sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, or any other dipping sauce of your choice.

Enjoy those crispy and tasty fried spring rolls!

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