• Pork & prawn spring rolls

    Pork & prawn spring rolls

    A well made spring roll is as perfect a snack as has ever been created.

    The shape is just right – a long, fat cigar that can easily be held between forefinger and thumb and bitten off in neat little amounts. The crispy, crunchy wrapping conceals a moist and supremely savoury interior. Altogether it’s a scrumptious package that goes brilliantly with the crisp freshness of Tigress Sparkling

    What gives a Chinese spring roll its distinctive flavour? The combination of soy sauce and sesame oil is part of it. Add in spring onion and the seemingly unusual combo of pork and prawn and we’re starting to get there. A little finely chopped ginger is a personal touch. It goes well with the pork, prawn and spring onion combo. While not entirely traditional it would be unusual for me to ever leave it out. Five spice powder is an optional extra but does add that intriguing taste of the Orient.

    You can find Pampas spring roll wrappers in the frozen foods section of the supermarket.

    The Recipe

    Pork & prawn spring Rolls (makes about 18)
    250g green prawn meat – buy prawn ‘cutlets’ and pull the tails off
    220g pork fillet
    1 tsp fresh ginger, very finely chopped
    2 tbsp (generous) chopped spring onions, white and green part
    2 tsp light soy sauce
    1 tsp sesame oil
    ground white pepper
    1 tsp salt
    2 tsp cornflour
    1 egg, beaten (reserve 2 tsp for sealing the rolls)
    Pampas Spring Roll wrappers

    Mince the pork fillet or chop into small pieces and pulse once or twice in a food processor. Chop the prawns coarsely. Mix together the pork mince, prawns, ginger, spring onions, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt, pepper and cornflour. Mix well until the cornflour is no longer visible. Pour in about two-thirds of the beaten egg. Keep the rest for sealing the rolls.
    Lay a wrapper on a flat surface. Take a tablespoon of mixture and lay it in a slim sausage shape diagonally across one corner of the wrapper. Fold the corner over, roll a little way, fold in each end and continue to roll up. Secure the end with a little egg.
    Deep fry the rolls in hot oil for about three minutes or until they are golden brown. Lower the temperature of the oil if they are browning too quickly.