With a crisp skin and a flavorful filling with Chinese barbecued pork, chopped black mushrooms, shreds of carrot and bean sprouts, these spring rolls make the perfect appetizer for parties and other occasions. This Chinese spring roll recipe makes 10 to 12 spring rolls.
- 1/4 pound barbequed pork (purchase at Asian markets or make your own Chinese barbecued pork)
- 3 dried black mushrooms
- 1/2 cup mung bean sprouts
- 1/2 medium carrot
- 2 tablespoons chopped red bell pepper
- 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
- 2 tablespoons chicken broth
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
- a few drops sesame oil, to taste
- 2 tablespoons oil for stir-frying, or as needed
- 12 spring roll wrappers
- 1 lightly beaten egg, or 2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water
- 3 cups oil for deep-frying, or as needed
Cut the barbecued pork into very thin strips. Soften the dried black mushrooms by soaking in hot water for 20 to 30 minutes. Squeeze out any excess water and finely chop.
Rinse and drain the mung bean sprouts. Peel the carrot. Shred until you have 1/4 cup.
In a small bowl, combine the dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, chicken broth, granulated sugar and sesame oil. Set aside.
Heat a wok over medium-high to high heat. Add 2 tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot, add the barbecued pork. Stir-fry for 1 minute, then add the vegetables. Stir-fry for another minute, then push up to the side of the wok.
Add the sauce in the middle. Heat briefly, then mix in with the pork and vegetables. Remove the wok from the heat and allow the filling to cool.
Preheat the oil for deep-frying to 360 degrees Fahrenheit while preparing the spring rolls.
Lay a spring roll wrapper in front of you so that it forms a diamond shape. Use your index finger to wet all the edges with the beaten egg or cornstarch/water paste. Place approximately 2 tablespoons of filling near the bottom. Roll over once, tuck in the sides, and then continue rolling. Seal the top.
Deep-fry the spring rolls in 3 to 4 batches, cooking until they are golden brown and crispy (about 3 minutes). Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.