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Spring Rolls

from "Dim Sum" by Ellen Leong Blonder

Ingredients (8 rolls)

  • 2 ounces pork or chicken breast, cut in thin strips, 2 inch long
  • 2 ounces shrimp,peeled, deveined, and cut in 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 ounces bean sprouts, rinsed, drained
  • 1/4 cup bamboo shoots, cut in 2 inch long thin strips
  • 1/4 cup carrots, cut in 2 inch long thin strips
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 3 scallions, cut in 2 inch lengths and shredded
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black bean and garlic sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
  • 8 spring roll wrappers


  1. Place the pork and shrimp in separate bowls. In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, rice wine, sesame oil, and sugar. Pour half the mixture over the pork and half over the shrimp. Mix both well and marinate for 20 minutes.
  2. Heat a wok or nonstick skilltet over medium-high heat; then add 2 teaspoons of oil. When it is almost smoking, add the pork and stir-fry for 1 minute; then add the shrimp and cook for 1 minute longer. Transfer the mixutre to a large bowl.
  3. Add 2 more teaspoons of oil. When it is almost smoking, add the bean sprouts, napa chbbage, bamboo shoots, carrot, mushrooms, scallions, and garlic, and cook for 2 minutes, or until crispy tender. Add 1/2 teaspoon sugar,1/2 teaspoon black bean and garlic sauce, and 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce and mix well.
  4. Return the pork and shrimp to the pan; Then add the cornstach mixture and cook for 30 seconds longer, or until the sauce has thickened. Transfer the mixture to the bowl and let it cool. Drain off as much liquid as possible, and then divide the mixture into 8 portions.
  5. Wrap the filling as the photos shows. Seal the wrapper with a solution of water and flour. Deep fry. Serve hot.

Note: Deep fried spring rolls freeze well. Do not freeze before deep frying, since the wrappers tend to tear when they are dry and frozen.

This recipe is from "Dim Sum: The Art of Chinese Tea Lunch" by Ellen Leong Blonder. She provides 60 recipes, from siu mai to egg custard tarts, all illustrated by her own lovely watercolors. Every recipe I have tried turned out successful.

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