How To Make Chinese Egg Rolls At Home

Sunrise Senior Living  |  April 2, 2015
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For many people, egg rolls are an essential part of Chinese takeout. The rolls are the perfect mix of crunchy, savory and versatility, and they go well with just about any entree. If you're a big fan of the Chinese side dish, why wait until the next time you get takeout? Here's how you can make delicious egg rolls that taste just like the real thing.

Homemade egg rolls
The best part about these egg rolls - aside from the great taste - is that you can customize them to suit your tastes. If you're not a big fan of one of the ingredients, just swap it out for a similar vegetable or meat that fits into your senior nutrition plan.

Ingredients

  • 10 egg roll wrappers
  • 4 Tbsp. vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, cut into julienne strips
  • 1 red pepper, cut into julienne strips
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame oil

Directions
In a skillet over medium heat, warm 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil. Add in the ginger and garlic, the saute for 30 seconds. Stir in the ground pork, then cook for 10 to 15 minutes until the meat is no longer pink. Add in the scallions, carrot and red pepper, then saute for five more minutes. Remove from heat.

Combine cabbage, chicken broth, soy sauce and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, then simmer for five minutes, stirring occasionally. When the cabbage is tender, remove the pan from heat and stir in the sesame oil. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes before straining out the excess liquid. Add the cabbage to the pork mixture and stir to combine.

Finally, it's time to put together your egg rolls. Working with one wrapper at a time, spoon 1 to 2 tablespoons of the filling in the center of the sheet. Take one corner of the wrapper and fold it over the filling. Fold in the sides, the way you would with a burrito, then brush a little bit of water on the remaining corner to help it stick. Roll up the egg roll and press the corner firmly to seal. Continue making rolls until you run out of filling.

Heat the remaining oil over medium-high heat. Place a few egg rolls into the pan and saute them, rolling frequently so they brown on all sides. Let your crispy, delicious rolls cool for a few minutes before eating.

Delectable dipping sauce
You can't eat egg rolls without dipping sauce! This recipe is quick to put together and perfectly complements your homemade egg rolls.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup light soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • Pinch red pepper flakes

Directions
Combine the ingredients in a small bowl, then whisk together until thoroughly mixed. Pour into serving dishes and get to dipping!

Enjoy your homemade Chinese food with your group of friends at the retirement community.