For some reason what people are calling the “Original Egg Roll” has slipped through the cracks with online recipes. All it is, pretty much, is just a normal egg roll that is dipped in a Chinese Batter before its fried. I’ve researched it a little bit and some claim that the egg roll wrapper is suppose to be a crepe but I’ve had it served both ways. I find using a normal wrapper is much more practical for sealing and they’re fairly cheap so I don’t bother with the extra hassle of making my own.
My experience with Egg Rolls
These Egg Rolls leave little to be desired. Except for the fact that you’ll probably want more. One bite into these crunchy vegetable and pork fried rolls sends me spinning. And because these aren’t made at most Chinese Restaurants anymore, I’m left with making my own and it took me a while to perfect. But now that I’ve got it down, I thought I’d share it with the world. I’ve included my Sweet and Sour sauce and my normal egg roll recipe in the links below, if you’re interested. Also my Chinese Batter is there if you didn’t fully understand the way I make it here.
So what’s the difference between an Egg Roll and a Spring Roll and why do people confuse Summer Rolls with Spring Rolls? Well, I think the main thing to look at is that they are all rolled in a wrapper with vegetables and they are all fried. Except for the Summer Roll, which is a Korean Roll many confuse for the Spring Roll but Spring Rolls are fried! The easiest way to remember is this: Egg Rolls are bigger, Spring Rolls are small and Summer Rolls are soft and see through. The best part is, you can put anything you want in any of them. Sure there’s a few traditions but you literally could go breakfast burrito in any one of these rolls if you really wanted to.
Rice Noodle Spring Roll Ingredients:
1 qt boiling water
2 Rice noodles
1 Nori Sheet
Cilantro, freshly chopped
1 Garlic Clove, chopped
2 tbsp Cooking Oil
8 oz Ground Pork, cooked
Salt and Pepper too taste
2 tbsp Tempura Dipping Sauce (1 part ea. Soy, Sugar, Water, White Vinegar)
1 pkg Spring Roll Wrappers
1/4 cup Water for wetting Wrappers
Oil for Frying
Boil water and Poor over Rice Noodle in a separate bowl. Let it sit for 5 minutes then strain and add 1 tbsp cooking oil to prevent sticking. Cut Nori into fours then stack and cut with scissors into shoe string slices. Chop Cilantro and Garlic. Cook pork with 1 tbsp of cooking oil and add garlic half way through cooking and salt and pepper to taste. Combine the Rice Noodle with cut Nori, Cilantro, Pork and Tempura Dipping Sauce and mix thoroughly. Add 2 to 3 tbsp of the mixed Rice Noodle Ingredients to the center of 1 Spring Roll Wrapper. Starting with the back corner, fold over the top and tuck the ingredients back so they are snug. Fold the left and right sides in at 90 degree angles and roll forward half way. Wet the last corner with a finger dab of water in an envelope fashion, then complete the rolling and apply light pressure in the center of the roll to ensure it won’t come apart in the fryer. Fry at 350 degrees for approximately 3 minutes. Let them cool on Paper towels before serving with Sweet and Sour or Orange Chili Sauce.