Canadian Egg Rolls for Chinese New Year

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When it comes to things that I miss from home, egg rolls rank right up there with my beloved Becel margarine! I think egg rolls are like bbq; everyone has their own version! I have yet to find Chinese food in San Antonio that I love as much as I love Chinese food from the east coast of Canada. The egg rolls I grew up with are mostly meat, and they even have a different shape. In a moment of quiet desperation I called my dad, and told him how much I missed the egg rolls. If you’ve ever met my dad, what happened next will come as no surprise to you. He went down to our favorite local Chinese restaurant and asked how they make their egg rolls. The chef invited my dad back into the kitchen so he watch the process. So, thanks to my dad and to Mr. Fong for making this all possible!

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Not coincidentally, today is Chinese New Year. This is a great way to expose your kids to a little world culture and delicious food all at the same time! Last night I made the egg rolls (which were way easier than I ever imagined!) and then had a buffet of various things that I picked up from the Asian section of the grocery store. We had chopsticks, squid snacks, steamed buns, vegetable dumplings, fortune cookies (I know they’re not authentic, but they’re fun!), Chinese Chex Mix (which I’m sure has an official name, but that’s how I got my kids to try it!) and Pocky. We talked about how to use chopsticks and we talked about the year of the horse and what animal signs all my kids were. We tried learning Chinese from the back of our fortunes! It was a great family dinner, and even though the kids didn’t love everything, they had a great time.

Chinese New Year

If you don’t want to hunt down all that stuff you can always do Chinese take out, or go get a few packs of Ramen noodles, and call it good! It doesn’t have to be big to be a wonderful memory! I would try to make the egg rolls though. They totally brought me to my Canadian happy place!

Canadian Egg Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 3/4 cup chopped cabbage
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese 5 Spice
  • 1 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • egg roll wrappers (I got mine in the freezer section)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • vegetable oil

Instructions:

  1. Brown pork and onion in a wok until cooked through.
  2. Remove the pork mixture and add 1 Tbsp oil to the wok. When the oil is hot, add the celery and cabbage.
  3. Cook the veggies until soft and then add in the pork.
  4. Add the Chinese spice and the soy sauce.
  5. Mix the cornstarch with 3 Tbsp of water until the cornstarch dissolves.
  6. Add the water mixture to the meat and stir until the liquid thickens (about 5 minutes).
  7. put in the mixture into a food processor and mix until smooth. I think this is what made it for me!
  8. Place 3 Tbsp of the meat mixture into the middle of an egg roll wrapper.
  9. Brush the egg along the perimeter of the wrapper.
  10. Bring the bottom of the wrapper up over the mixture in the middle and then fold the top over the first fold, so that you’ve folded it into thirds, and the mixture is covered.
  11. Pinch the two ends in toward the folded side by just folding over about an inch.
  12. All your seams should be on one side. brush the seam side with oil and place the egg roll seam side down on a foil covered, greased cookie sheet.
  13. Once you’re used all the meat mixture (my batch made 9 egg rolls), brush the tops of all the egg rolls with oil.
  14. Place the egg rolls in a 400º oven for twenty minutes. After 10 minutes flip the egg rolls over.
  15. Serve egg rolls with plum sauce or a sweet chili sauce.

 

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Canadian Egg Rolls
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Serves: 8
 

Canadian Egg Rolls
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks
  • ¾ cup chopped cabbage
  • ½ tsp Chinese 5 Spice
  • 1 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • egg roll wrappers (I got mine in the freezer section)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • vegetable oil

Instructions
  1. Brown pork and onion in a wok until cooked through.
  2. Remove the pork mixture and add 1 Tbsp oil to the wok. When the oil is hot, add the celery and cabbage.
  3. Cook the veggies until soft and then add in the pork.
  4. Add the Chinese spice and the soy sauce.
  5. Mix the cornstarch with 3 Tbsp of water until the cornstarch dissolves.
  6. Add the water mixture to the meat and stir until the liquid thickens (about 5 minutes).
  7. put in the mixture into a food processor and mix until smooth. I think this is what made it for me!
  8. Place 3 Tbsp of the meat mixture into the middle of an egg roll wrapper.
  9. Brush the egg along the perimeter of the wrapper.
  10. Bring the bottom of the wrapper up over the mixture in the middle and then fold the top over the first fold, so that you’ve folded it into thirds, and the mixture is covered.
  11. Pinch the two ends in toward the folded side by just folding over about an inch.
  12. All your seams should be on one side. brush the seam side with oil and place the egg roll seam side down on a foil covered, greased cookie sheet.
  13. Once you’re used all the meat mixture (my batch made 9 egg rolls), brush the tops of all the egg rolls with oil.
  14. Place the egg rolls in a 400º oven for twenty minutes. After 10 minutes flip the egg rolls over.
  15. Serve egg rolls with plum sauce or a sweet chili sauce.

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7 Comments

  1. Yum! I love homemade chinese food! It’s so much better than going to a buffet. Another thing I like to make homemade is the egg drop soup and crab rangoo

  2. You always amaze me! Those look delicious!

  3. @Kat: I was impressed at how easy it was. I’ve always been scared of Chinese food, but I think I’m going to branch out and try some other recipes! I’ll be taking your suggestions!

  4. @Sara: Thanks! These are delicious, but if you make them, you won’t be nearly as impressed because they’re so easy!

  5. Julie

     /  January 31, 2014

    Looks delicious! I’ve never been brave enough to try making Chinese food like that.

  6. Squid snack! Pocky! Chinese chex mix-That’s called Okaki in Japanese), and steamed buns! Yum! My favorites! I made pork steamed buns a while ago, and it was easy. I’m going to try your egg roll recipe! Thank you for sharing!

  7. These look so delicious!

    *pinning*

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