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Vegetable Spring Rolls

Happy Chinese New Year! To celebrate the Year of the Pig, I am serving up lots of delicious Chinese dishes this evening and throughout the week. But on the first day of the new year, I decided to share my most crowd-pleasing Chinese recipe: Vegetable Spring Rolls!

These Vegetable Spring Rolls are a crowd-pleaser for many reasons. They are warm, crispy and full of delightful vegetables and noodles. Plus, they can be enjoyed by everyone—vegetarians included! For the filling, I combine shredded carrots, cabbage, woodear mushrooms, scallions, rice noodles, and a few key Chinese sauces and oils. Then, I wrap the filling in store-bought spring roll wraps before they are plunged into a pot of oil and are deep fried until crispy. I have another recipe for Baked Spring Rolls that works great too, but I like to deep-fry these when celebrating as special as Chinese New Year.

Crisp and golden fried spring rolls with plum sauce for dipping. Oh yeah, and that filling is 100% vegetarian!

Once they come out of the fryer, I drain the excess oil and serve them warm with a side of Plum Sauce for dipping. As I was crunched for time this year, I opted to just use my favourite jarred plum sauce. However, if you have lots of time on your hands, there are some great Plum Sauce recipes that you can make from scratch!

Symbology Behind the Spring Roll

While Spring Rolls are served year-round, they are specifically eaten on Chinese New Year to symbolize wealth and prosperity.  Once the spring rolls are wrapped and fried, they become a nice golden colour, and look like small gold bars or bouillon. Whether this is true or not, you can count on me eating a TON of these on Chinese New Year!

Vegetable Spring Rolls - Season and Serve Blog

Fried spring rolls are long and golden, just like gold bars! No wonder why these delicious treats are said to bring wealth and prosperity!

For the complete recipe for these Vegetable Spring Rolls, click here!

Also, make sure to check out some of my other recipes that are perfect for Chinese New Year:

Have a very Happy New Year, everyone! Let me know in the comments below how you are celebrating for Chinese New Year this year!

For the complete recipe for these Vegetable Spring Rolls, click here!

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