I've been working for some time, trying to perfect an egg roll recipe....with the right technique and the right ingredients, it's quite easy!
1 Napa Cabbage (no substitutes here!)
4 Medium, or 2 large, carrots
4 Cloves of Garlic, minced
2 TSP Fresh Ginger, finely grated
1 lb Fresh Ground Pork
1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
1 TBS Oyster Sauce
1 TSP Salt
2 TSP Chinese Five Spice
1 TBS & 1 TSP Sesame Oil (Seperated)
1 TBS Corn Starch
18 Egg Rolls Wrappers (available in Grocery stores' produce areas)
1 Egg, beaten
Oil for frying
In a bowl, whisk up the soy sauce, oyster saucee, salt, Five Spice, sesame oil and corn starch. Set aside.
Grate the carrots (large grater, not fine)
Thinly slice, then rough chop, the napa cabbage. No core, but use white and green leafy parts
In a large pan or wok, add 3 TBS oil at medium-high heat
Add the cabbage, carrots, garlic and ginger, sauteeing until the veg is softened up some. (during this step I drizzled a TBS of sesame oil over the veg)
Add pork and soy mix to the pan with the veg and continually spread the pork throughout. You will be surprised that a single pound can go so far!
Once the pork is mostly cooked and some of the liquids reduced, transfer to a colander or strainer and let cool. You do not want much liquid in your egg roll filling.
Let drain and cool for about an hour.
Heat oil to 350 (I use peanut oil)
Roll your egg rolls up with 1/3 (or 1/2) cup of mixture per roll. Use the beaten egg to act as a glue for the seams.
Fry uintil golden brown
Drain on paper towel.
Go to town on these yummy things!
You really need to use the napa cabbage, dont use packs of cole slaw stuff, as othewrs recommend, itsa no where near the same texture.
There are tons of videos describing how to roll them, but most I have found make what look like a spring roll, and not the style I am accostomed to seeing in Ottawa. I like mine open end and pinched end....open ends darkens up the tips and adds a different flavour entirely.
I think these need a little more something...not sure what yet, but a bit more....something. Maybe some 5 Spice?