Vegetable Spring Rolls


Apart from dumplings, Spring Rolls are one of my favourite dim sum dishes. These crispy golden cylinders are filled with delicious (and vegetarian) filling made of cabbage, carrots, scallions, woodear mushrooms, thin rice noodles and some key Chinese sauces and oils. You can bake these in the oven, or deep fry them for a real treat!


Servings: 12-14

Difficulty: Medium

Prep Time:  20 minutes   |   Cook Time: 20 minutes   |   Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 5 cups canola oil, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 1/2 cups Napa cabbage, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrots, finely grated
  • 1/2 cup woodear mushrooms, soaked and finely chopped
  • 3 cups thin rice noodles (vermicelli), cooked and cooled
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce, preferably low-sodium
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 package spring roll wrappers
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • Plum sauce, for dipping

Directions:

Begin by making the filling. In a large frying pan, heat up 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the cabbage and carrots and cook for 2 minutes until just softened. Add the woodear mushrooms and cook for another 2 minutes. Next, add the rice noodles, followed by the scallions, garlic, soy sauce, hoisin, sesame oil and mirin. Mix everything together until combined then set aside to cool completely.

In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch and water together then set aside until you are ready to wrap…and roll! 😛

To wrap the spring rolls, lay one spring roll wrapper onto a cutting board. Brush the edges with some of the cornstarch mixture. Add about 2 tablespoons of filling into the center of the wrapper, moulding it into a long rectangle. Fold in the left and right sides of the wrapper to contain the filling then roll the wrapper up to seal it. Try and wrap the spring rolls tightly so that there are no air pockets and that the wrappers aren’t loose. This will ensure the wraps stay together when they are fried.

Add the rest of the oil to a large pot or dutch oven and pre-heat the oil to 350 degrees F. Add a bit more oil if necessary (the oil should be about 3-4 inches deep). Add 4-5 spring rolls to the pot at a time and gently fry them for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Once cooked, remove them from the pot using a pair of kitchen tongs or a wire strainer, and drain them over some paper towels. Let them cool for a few minutes before serving with some Plum Sauce!

For baking:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Place a sheet of parchment paper on a large baking tray. Lightly brush 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil over the parchment paper. This will help make the spring rolls crispy when they bake. Place the wrapped Spring Rolls on the baking sheet, ensuring that they are at least 1 inch apart. Use the remaining 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to brush over the spring rolls. Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes, flipping the spring rolls halfway through cooking.