These egg rolls are very yummy. I got the recipe from a very good friend who is Hmong. But it's hard for me to write the recipe down because a lot of the Hmong folk have it in their head. Unfortunately so do I.: )
- 1 (10 1/2 ounce) bag bean thread noodles
- 24 rice paper sheets
- 1 (10 -12 ounce) package coleslaw mix (or 1 sm cabbage & 2 carrots shredded)
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 1 bunch green onion
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 1 1⁄2 lbs ground pork
- 1 egg (xtra 1 for sealing egg rolls)
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
Red pepper dipping sauce
- 5 Thai red chili peppers, chopped (birds eye)
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 1 tablespoon green onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice (bottles fine)
- 1 dash msg
- 1⁄4 cup fish sauce
- 2 tablespoons water
- Soak noodles in very hot water for 10 minutes.
- Rinse with cold water.
- Cut into 3-inch lengths; set aside.
- Chop green and yellow onions and cilantro (also, cabbage and carrots if not going with the packaged coleslaw).
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Heat oil (med high heat).
- Peel rice skin wraps apart, put about 1/2 cup mix on egg roll wrap.
- Roll it up.
- Seal with egg.
- Cook for about 10 minutes.
My mom's version is more simple but taste great. All the seasoning you need is salt and pepper. You take the basic ingredients listed here: copped cabbage, shredded carrots, chopped yellow onion, cellophane noodles and pork, mix it up seasoned with salt and pepper, crack in the eggs and that's it. The eggs will act as a binder for the filling as well as making the filling a little wetter so you want the filling to be as dry as possible before hand. If the mixture is too wet, your wrappers will start to crack before it's cooked resulting in filling spilling out into the cooking oil. The secret to a "dry" filling is in how you prepare the cellophane noodles. You need to soak them in very hot water like the recipe says, but only for 5 mins and after draining the water out, DO NOT FLUSH WITH COLD WATER. The noodles will continue to soak up whatever water's left at the bottom of the bowl and you will have a dryer base to work with. Also, if the raw pork mix gives you the ick factor, you can always cook the pork ahead of time and mix it in with the rest of the ingredients.
I tried this recipe tonight and my family loved it. I am Hmong but am more Americanized so I really didn't know how to make egg rolls by scratch. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I love it! God bless!
Half the oyster, soy, and fish sauce - 2 T of each makes it too runny. I'm pretty sure this recipe makes more like 50 eggrolls instead of just 24. It's a good recipe to use. Taste (almost) just like mom's. Also, practice rolling! Make sure the rolls are pretty tight before sealing and frying.