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Egg Rolls

Source: The Heritage of Chinese Cooking
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Active Time:  30 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour
  Serves 6
The egg roll is probably another variant of the famous and familiar spring roll - now a fast food of the Western world. Then again it could be a dish inspired by the European seafood crepe. If this is so, that would explain its southern background. Typically, the Cantonese steam the Egg Roll, imparting an extremely moist and succulent texture to the dish.
For Filling:
2 tablespoons peanut oil, for stir-frying
4 oz  boneless pork loin (fillet)
1 tablespoon chinese dried mushrooms (available at Chinese stores), soaked in warm water for 30 minutes, stems removed and cut into julienne
1 tablespoon bamboo shoots (available at Chinese stores), cut into julienne
1 tablespoon chopped green bell pepper
For Seasonings:
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
2 teaspoons Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon sugar
For Pancakes:
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon cornstarch, mixed with a little cold water to make a paste, for sealing

3 cups peanut oil, for deep-frying
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FOR FILLING: Heat the 2 tablespoons groundnut oil in a wok. Stir-fry the pork, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, and bell pepper for 1-2 minutes. Add all of the seasonings and mix well. Remove to a plate and chill in the refrigerator at least 1 hour before wrapping the pancakes.

TO MAKE PANCAKES: Combine the beaten eggs, salt, and sifted flour and blend. Add the water, a little at a time, to make a smooth batter. Heat a 7-inch skillet and add a little oil to thinly coat the bottom. Carefully pour in enough batter to make a thin pancake. Cook over low heat until the sides dry a little and shrink from the edges of the pan. Turn out and repeat until the batter is used up.

Place about 2 tablespoons of the filling onto each pancake and roll up, closing in the sides. Seal the edges with the cornstarch paste, and lay the egg roll, sealed edge down, on the plate.

Heat the 3 cups groundnut oil in a wok. Deep-fry the egg rolls until golden brown. Cut diagonally across in 1/2-inch slices for Chinese servings.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 6
Calories: 384
Fat. Total: 33g
Fiber: 1g
Carbohydrates, Total: 12g
Sodium: 492mg
% Cal. from Fat: 77%
Cholesterol: 154mg
Protein: 9g
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