In the old days far, far away in China, an abundance of male heirs to carry on the family name was considered good fortune. So much so that if someone had only one or two sons – which was tantamount to a tragedy – he'd say he had 11 or 12. IOW, it was how many he actually had, plus 10. Hence, the eldest son became #11, and the second son #12. Note that the creative accounting applied to sons only. It was perfectly alright to have only one daughter, or even none at all.
Since we're inflating the numbers – COOKING the books! – why stop at 10, right? OTOH, if I said I've made 34,347,595 videos, no one would believe me. So I'm going for something that's impressive but within reason. I reckon 135 sounds good.
Jokes aside, here are a few tips for making fried spring rolls (not that you need any, or that spring rolls are difficult to make):
When buying turnip, pick the smaller ones. These tend to be younger and, hence, sweeter and less
If you're using a grater, make sure it's razor-sharp. Otherwise, the turnip will be mushy.
You don't need a lot of oil to stir-fry turnip because it's sweet and crunchy, not bitter or fibrous.
The filling should be crunchy. Don't overcook the turnip.
Drain the filling well before wrapping. If it's too wet, the spring roll pastry will tear.
Use the maximum heat possible for stir-frying the filling. If the wok isn't hot enough, the juices from the turnip won't evaporate and will have to be drained off. That'll be a waste of the flavour.
To keep spring rolls for frying the next day, put them in the fridge, uncovered on a wire rack, so that water doesn't condense on or underneath the pastry. Or you could do the wrapping just before frying.
You might be tempted to embellish the filling with dried mushrooms, fresh prawns or fried beancurd. But it's really not necessary if the turnip is cooked with good quality dried prawns, and a good amount of sugar and ground white pepper. That's my mother's recipe, btw.
Frozen spring roll pastry comes in various sizes. The Goldilocks size – not too big; not too small – is 19 x 19 cm (7½ x 7½ inches).
You don't have to make spring rolls with the filling. It's delicious eaten with rice or porridge, or you can use it to make soon kueh.
The last and most important tip: click here for the recipe.
Check these out:
|Har Cheong Gai |
|Babi Masak Assam |
(Pork & Mustard
Greens in Spicy
|Cereal Butter |