Chinese Vegetable Spring Rolls

Chinese Vegetable Spring Rolls

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Prep: 45 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 60 mins
Servings: 20 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
101 Calories
2g Fat
19g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 20
Amount per serving
Calories 101
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 163mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Protein 6g
Calcium 48mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This Chinese spring roll appetizer stuffed with vegetables is easier to prepare than you might think. These rolls can also easily be made vegan if vegetarian oyster sauce (made with mushrooms) is used.

How did spring rolls get their name? This delicate but filling appetizer has its origins in the annual Chinese Spring Festival. The first spring rolls featured fresh vegetables from the harvest; meat was added later.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, these spring rolls are broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.

Make the Filling

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Chinese Vegetable Spring Rolls filling ingredients

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  2. About 30 minutes before assembling the filling, rinse and drain the mung bean sprouts to give them time to dry thoroughly.

    rinse and drain the mung bean sprouts

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  3. Soak the mushrooms in warm water to soften (20 to 30 minutes). Squeeze any excess water out of the mushrooms and slice thinly.

    soak mushrooms in a bowl of water

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  4. Squeeze any excess water out of the mushrooms and slice thinly.

    drained and sliced mushrooms on a cutting board

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  5. Dice the red bell pepper. Grate the carrot and finely slice the bamboo shoots.

    diced vegetables on a cutting board

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  6. In a small bowl, combine the oyster sauce, chicken broth or water, soy sauce, and sugar. Set aside.

    sauce in a bowl

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  7. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a frying pan, swirling so that it coats the pan. When the oil is sizzling, stir fry the vegetables, starting with the dried mushrooms, followed by the bamboo shoots, bell pepper, mung bean sprouts, and grated carrot.

    vegetables cooking in a pan

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  8. Stir in the sauce ingredients. Taste and season with salt and freshly ground pepper if desired. Remove from the heat and cool.

    seasoned vegetables cooking in a pan

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Assemble the Spring Rolls

  1. To make the spring rolls, lay a wrapper in front of you so that it forms a diamond shape. Brush the edges of the wrapper with lightly beaten egg or water.

    spring roll wrapper brushed with egg

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  2. Place 2 tablespoons of filling in the bottom half, spreading it out sideways to form a rectangle shape, but not touching the edges.

    vegetable filling on top of wrapper

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  3. Lift the bottom corner of the wrapper and tuck it in under the filling.

    roll the wrapper around the filling

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  4. Fold over the left and right sides of the spring roll wrapper.

    fold the wrapper over the filling

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  5. Continue rolling up the wrapper.

    spring roll wrapper rolled around the filling

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  6. When you are almost finished, lightly brush the edges of the top corner of the diamond with the beaten egg mixture, fold over and seal.

    brush the egg roll wrapper with egg to seal

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Fry the Spring Rolls

  1. Heat a few inches of oil for deep frying to 360 F over medium high heat in a heavy bottomed pot or wok. When the oil is ready, carefully add the spring rolls, a few at a time, cooking until they are golden brown and crispy (3 to 4 minutes).

    spring rolls frying in a pot of oil

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  2. Remove and drain on paper towels. Serve with plum sauce, hot mustard, or sweet-and-sour sauce.

    Chinese Vegetable Spring Rolls on a cooling rack

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