Star chef Danny Bowien ate crispy Vietnamese rolls for years before he finally got to watch one of Oklahoma City’s best Vietnamese cooks make them at home in a little frying pan. Oyster sauce gives the ground pork filling a subtle hit of sweetness.
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2 ounces glass (cellophane) noodles
3/4 pound ground pork
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup julienned carrots (about 1 small)
1/2 cup finely shredded green cabbage
1/2 cup thinly sliced yellow onion (1/2 small)
1/2 cup julienned taro or potato
Vegetable oil, for frying
Twelve 7-inch square spring roll wrappers
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Chinese hot mustard, for dipping
Sweet chile sauce, for dipping
How to Make It
In a small saucepan of boiling water, cook the noodles until al dente, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain and transfer to a bowl of ice water to cool. Drain the noodles well and chop into 3-inch pieces.
Transfer the noodles to a large bowl and add all of the remaining ingredients except the spring roll wrappers, vegetable oil, beaten egg and dipping condiments; mix well.
In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat 2 inches of oil to 350°. Arrange 1 wrapper on a work surface with a corner facing you; keep the remaining wrappers covered with a damp clean kitchen towel. Spoon 1/4 cup of the filling in the lower third of the wrapper. Bring the corner up and over the filling and roll up, folding in the sides as you roll. Dab the top corner with the beaten egg and press to seal the spring roll. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling.
Fry the spring rolls in the hot oil, turning occasionally, until golden and crispy and the pork is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Drain on a paper towel–lined baking sheet and serve with hot mustard and/or sweet chile sauce.
The uncooked spring rolls can be refrigerated for up to 4 hours; keep covered with a damp cloth.
Crispy fried foods are a great match for off-dry Rieslings that have pronounced acidity. Pair these spring rolls with one from Germany.
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