Spring Rolls are a popular dish in many Asian countries, including China, Vietnam, Thailand, and others. They are typically made with thin, delicate wrappers made from wheat flour, rice paper or even spring roll wrappers, which are filled with a variety of vegetables, meats, and sometimes noodles or rice. The filling ingredients may vary, but some common ones include shredded cabbage, carrots, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, and seasoned ground pork, shrimp, or chicken.
To prepare the filling, the vegetables and meat are usually stir-fried with aromatics such as garlic, ginger, and scallions, seasoned with soy sauce, oyster sauce, or other seasonings, and allowed to cool before being wrapped. To make the spring rolls, the filling is placed on the wrapper and rolled up tightly, sealing the ends with a flour and water mixture or egg wash to prevent the filling from falling out during cooking.
Spring rolls can be cooked in a variety of ways, including deep-frying, baking, or pan-frying. Deep-fried spring rolls are crispy and golden brown on the outside, while baked or pan-fried spring rolls are lighter and healthier, with a slightly chewy texture. They are often served with a dipping sauce such as sweet chili sauce, hoisin sauce, or peanut sauce. Spring rolls can be served as an appetizer or a main course, and are a tasty and versatile dish that can be enjoyed year-round.