Crispy Spring Rolls with Wonton Wrappers

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Traditionally, Chinese eat spring rolls on Li Chun at the beginning of spring. In wishing to have good health. As time goes by, they gradually become everyday snacks. And today, let’s make bite-size spring rolls with wonton wrappers!

Crispy Spring Rolls with Wonton Wrappers

Serving: 24
Prep time: 40 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

For the sweet and sour sauce:
1 cup water
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
3 tablespoons ketchup
5 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3 tablespoons water

For the spring rolls:
1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined, diced
6 pieces shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped
1/2 cup carrots, minced
2 tablespoons cilantro stems, minced
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
Pinch of white peppers
24 sheets wonton wrappers
1 cup water, for sealing
2 cups oil, for frying


To make the sweet and sour sauce:

  • In a pot over medium heat, mix in the water, rice vinegar, ketchup, and sugar. Whisk and bring it to a simmer. Pour in the cornstarch slurry (1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 3 tablespoons of water). Stir until it is thickened. Set aside.

To prepare the filling:

  • In a mixing bowl, add the deveined shrimp, shiitake mushrooms, carrots, and cilantro stems. Season with hoisin sauce, sesame oil, and white pepper. Mix well.

To assemble the spring rolls:

  • Place a wonton wrapper flat, and brush some water on the edges. Scoop about a teaspoon of the filling in the center.
  • Fold up the bottom corner, followed by two sides toward the center, and roll it up all the way. Repeat with the rest.

To fry the spring rolls:

  • In a pot over high heat, pour the oil inside, and heat it to 325°F or 163°C.
  • Transfer in the spring rolls. Deep fry until golden brown for about 3 minutes, and turn them frequently so that they brown evenly.
  • Remove and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

Did you know?

Chinese people are huge believers in symbolism. Eating certain foods brings good luck, fortune, and health. We also believe in order to have those blessings, we should have good karmas. So let’s all try our best to be kind to one another, even just a little at a time. And yes, I wish everyone great health after eating today’s spring rolls! Enjoy!

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