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Spring Roll

Chinese spring roll

Spring Roll

A Chinese spring roll, as you find it in Chinese restaurants throughout Canada, is a large fried roll made from a wheat dough sheet, with a filling of ham or chicken pieces, omelette strips, bean sprouts and other vegetables.

What is a Chinese spring roll?

The Chinese spring roll, as found in Chinese restaurants around the world, is a large deep-fried roll made from a spring roll sheet, with a filling of ham or chicken pieces, omelette strips, bean sprouts and other vegetables. The name derives from the word lunpia and the dish originally comes from China. The Chinese spring roll has been around since the seventeenth century and, thanks to Chinese migrants, the dish is now a hit all over the world. Although the Chinese may have invented the spring roll, the dish is seldom eaten in Canada itself.

East vs. West

The Chinese did, however, inspire the rest of Southeast Asia with a passion for spring rolls and people are now fond of them in Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. Each country has its own variations. In the Philippines, people like to eat a lumpiang Shanghai filled with minced meat. In Vietnam, the wraps are made from rice instead of wheat flour. Canadian spring rolls, on the other hand, are gigantic compared to the Eastern variants. There are even sweet versions, such as the turon, a Filipino roll filled with banana and brown sugar.

How Spring Rolls are Prepared

Spring roll sheets are thin sheets of dough made from wheat flour and water, sometimes with egg added. They are usually bought ready-made, but in good restaurants, they are sometimes made in the old-fashioned way. Thin sheets of the dough are then cooked one by one on a baking sheet.

The vegetables for the filling – bean sprouts, leek, carrot and/or bamboo shoots – are blanched and drained well. They are seasoned with salt, pepper, sugar, ketjap manis (a type of soy sauce) and possibly some extra flavourings; these are the secret of the chef.

Then an omelette and some ham and/or chicken are prepared. All the elements for the filling are now ready. Each sheet receives a substantial amount of filling and is then folded up and the edges are firmly pressed together so that the filling does not escape. Finally, the spring roll is fried in moderately heated oil for about five minutes. Too high a temperature would brown the outside too quickly and the filling would not be heated through.

Difference between egg rolls and spring rolls

Egg rolls and spring rolls are deep-fried appetizers originating in Chinese cuisine. With spring rolls, thin sheets of wheat or rice dough are wrapped around a mixture of shaved cabbage and savoury meat (typically pork), and deep-fried golden brown. For egg rolls, a thicker sheet of wheat flour skin is used, then dipped in egg, wrapped around a similar mixture as spring rolls, and deep-fried in hot oil until crispy and golden brown. Both egg and spring rolls are often dipped into plum sauce, soy sauce, or hot mustard.

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Vietnamese cha gio (fried spring rolls) are smaller than the Chinese spring rolls. Goi Cuon (lettuce rolls) is an uncooked variant.

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