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Chinese Egg Rolls

Chinese Egg Rolls

Chinese Egg rolls and wraps are timeless appetizers or meal, a great evening snack or party finger food. The best part is that Egg rolls are so easy to make at home! These restaurant delicious Chinese egg rolls are loaded with chicken and veggies, smothered in Asian sauces all wrapped up in a crispy egg roll wrapper.

These Chinese egg rolls are packed with flavor and texture, they make the most delicious appetizer and can be served as a scrumptious crowd-pleasing meal. These Chinese egg rolls are freezer friendly (instructions below), making a fabulous instant/make-ahead meal, snack or appetizer. When I last made these egg rolls, my husband and I had them as a late lunch paired with a sweet chili sauce – the combination was heavenly!

What is the difference between Egg Rolls and Spring Rolls?

Do you often get confused about the difference between egg rolls and spring rolls? Well, yes there is a difference. In fact, the most prominent one is the wrapper used in making both the type of rolls. The egg roll is made using flour and eggs (as the name suggests), which gives it a sturdier texture and when deep-fried there are noticeable bubbles on it. It’s crispy on the outside and slightly doughy on the inside. Whereas the Spring rolls have a thin flour wrapper with no eggs used in the making. It is very light, crispy and flaky, when fried it becomes delicately crispy and crunchy all the way through.

Also, the origins of Egg rolls are said to be from the 20th Century and it doesn’t come from China, rather from New York City, where it is also considered a staple of the American Chinese cuisine. The spring roll, however, has much longstanding history in Chinese and Asian cuisine.

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CHINESE EGG ROLLS RECIPE

I kind of have a thing for Chinese egg rolls. It’s the taste and texture that I like the most, the crispier outside and soft inside. Doesn’t everything just taste better in a crispy, crunchy shell? Well, these Chinese Egg Rolls sure do!

This recipe for the homemade egg roll has everything that you love about your favorite Chinese egg rolls. It’s all made from scratch, the egg roll wrapper too and it’s the best Chinese Egg Rolls EVER!

These Chinese egg rolls consist of stir-fried vegetables and chicken that is smothered in a few basic Asian sauces, that make the filling simple, yet outrageously delicious. It is even more delicious when delicately wrapped in the egg roll wrapper, fried or baked and devoured with the sweet chili sauce.

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INGREDIENTS FOR CHINESE EGG ROLLS

The ingredients for the Chinese egg rolls are simple but flavourful and the recipe is deceptively simple too. These are made from basic, everyday ingredients that you can easily find in your pantry. You will need:

  1. Egg Roll Wrappers – Homemade Egg Roll wrapper recipe below (video instructions) or you can easily buy these at your local grocery store
  2. Cornflour Slurry – the binding agent to seal the wrappers, you will need 2 Tbsp Cornflour and water
  3. The Filling – it is a combination of your favorite vegetables such as carrots, cabbage, capsicum, garlic, ginger, green chilies (for some heat) and boiled and shredded chicken.

A quick, no-cutting and easy way to make the filling is to use a store-bought stir-fried vegetable package. It will give you a nice variety of vegetables to add to the Chinese Egg Rolls. Alternatively, you can use your food processor to do the cutting-job for you.

You can easily customize the filling and use beef or shrimp instead of chicken. Don’t want shredded chicken, replace it with mince – easy.

  1. Asian Sauces – for that Chinese flavor
  • Soy Sauce – I used regular soy sauce you can use reduced-sodium for less salt content.
  • Asian Chili Sauce – use your favorite chili sauce, sriracha, Sambal Oelek or any other you prefer.
  • Oyster Sauce – the ‘secret ingredient’ that transforms the flavors
  • Sesame Oil – another ‘secret ingredient’ that adds a nutty flavor to the filling
  • Salt and Pepper – to enhance the flavors of the filling
  • Oil for Frying – I used vegetable oil to fry the egg rolls. These are great when deep-fried, but I shallow fried them and they turned out equally delicious.
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HOW TO MAKE EGG ROLL WRAPPERS (Sheets)

Egg roll wrappers can be made in different ways. It can either be made like a pancake (crepe) with a light batter or by making a dough and then making the wrappers.

In this recipe for Egg Roll wrappers, I have used the pancake (crepe) style method, which I find a lot more fun to make and it tastes exactly like those restaurant-style Chinese egg rolls.

To make the batter, mix flour, water, eggs, and salt together in a large bowl using a balloon whisk or you can even blend it in the blender. (Make sure there are no lumps in the mixture)

Heat a pan onto medium heat. Pour 1/2 a ladle of batter or use 1/4 cup on to the pan and quickly tilt it so that it covers the pan.

Cook it from one side only. (remove from pan when the sides begin to curl) and that’s it – your home-made egg roll wrapper is ready.

EGG ROLL RECIPE VIDEO (SCROLL DOWN FOR PRINTABLE RECIPE)

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS?

  • Family-friendly recipe:  this recipe is family-friendly and a definite crowd-pleaser. Appetizing, delicious and customizable to your family’s taste palate.
  • QUICK and Easy:  It is literally just throw-everything-together kind of a recipe. Mix the chicken and the veggies together and that’s it. You can totally use a food processor or store-bought stir fry mix to avoid all the chopping and cutting.
  • Few SIMPLE ingredients:  this Chinese egg roll recipe uses very basic Asian sauces and simple seasoning that you can easily find in any grocery store. You might already have all these in your pantry.  
  • Easily Customizable:  Easily swap the chicken for beef, shrimp or mincemeat of choice, customize the veggies with your favorite one.  You can even make these vegetables only by skipping the meat entirely.
  • Full of FLAVOR: these Chinese egg rolls are full of flavor, bursting with aromatic ingredients like ginger, garlic, soy sauce, oyster sauce, all beautifully enveloped in a crunchy shell

Chinese Egg Rolls

These Chinese egg rolls are restaurant delicious, loaded with chicken and veggies, smothered in Asian sauces all wrapped up in a crispy homemade egg roll wrapper
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American-Chinese, Asian
Servings: 10 Egg Rolls
Author: Hirra Pervaiz

Ingredients

For the Filling:

  • 2 Cups Chicken (boiled and shredded)
  • 2 Carrots (julienne)
  • 1/2 head Cabbage (shredded)
  • 2 Capsicum (julienne)
  • 3 Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • 1 tsp Ginger (freshly grated)
  • 3 Green Chilies ( finely chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Chili Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper crushed (or according to taste)
  • 1 tsp Salt (or according to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil

For Egg Roll Wraps

  • 2 Cups Plain Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 1/2 Cups Water
  • 1 1/5 tsp Salt

For the Cornflour Slurry

  • 1-2 Tbsp Cornflour
  • 1/4 Cup Water (or as needed)

Instructions

For the Filling:

  • In a wok or a medium pan, heat oil. Add to it garlic, green chilies and ginger saute' for about 30 seconds. Add soy sauce and mix well
  • Now add to it the boiled and shredded chicken, salt, pepper and chili sauce. Give it a good mix
  • Add the vegetables to the mixture, turn heat to medium-high and stir fry vegetables until the carrots have softened. Now add the oyster sauce and toss well.
  • Take out the mixture in a bowl and allow it to cool completely. (Make sure the mixture is cool when you start wrapping)

For the Egg Roll Wrappers

  • To make the batter, mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Using a balloon whisk or ya hand blender, whisk the ingredients well. Make sure there are no lumps in the mixture and its consistency is runny.
  • Heat a pan onto medium heat. Pour 1/2 a ladle of the batter (or use 1/4 cup) on to the pan and quickly tilt it so that it covers the pan completely.
  • Cook it from one side only. Remove from pan when the sides begin to curl.
  • Allow the wrappers to cool completely before using it.

For Cornflour Slurry

  • In a small bowl, mix cornflour and water forming a paste. This will be used to seal the egg rolls.

To Make the Chinese Egg Rolls

  • Take one egg roll wrapper. Place about 2 Tbsp of the filling on the uncooked side of the wrapper as a line on the side facing you. (Make sure to leave some gap around the edges)
  • Now carefully fold tedge of wrapper facing you over the filling
  • Fold the left and right side of the wrapper in and continue folding the roll
  • Seal the end with the cornflour slurry
  • Prepare all the rolls in a similar manner, repeating the process.
  • For Frying: Heat oil in a pan over medium heat and shallow fry the wraps until golden. Drain on kitchen paper.
  • Serve hot with sweet chili sauce!

Notes

TO FREEZE: Place the egg rolls in a single layer onto a baking sheet; freeze until firm. Transfer to a Ziploc bag or a freezer sade container. The egg rolls can be frozen up to 3 months. To fry from frozen, don’t thaw  or defrost. Fry egg rolls directly out if freezer. To bake from frozen, add 5-10 minutes additional baking time.
TO BAKE: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet , place the egg rolls onto the prepared baking  sheet and coat with nonstick cooking spray. Place into oven and bake until golden, about 10 minutes.
TO REHEAT: Chinese Egg rolls are the crispiest when eaten fresh, but you can easily reheat the leftovers (if any).  To reheat Chinese Egg Rolls, line them on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees F or until heated through.

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HOW TO SERVE CHINESE EGG ROLLS?

Chinese Egg Rolls are a perfect appetizer or a meal. It pairs perfectly with Asian dishes. Here are a few dishes it could be served with:

FOR YOUR PINNING PLEASURE

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Updated: This recipe has been updated with new pictures, a recipe video, and detailed instructions from last published in July 2014.

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