- 1 kilo / 2 pounds ground pork
- 8 gârlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 smâll Onions, minced
- 1 big or 2 medium size Cârrots, finely chopped
- 5-6 tâblespoons Soy sâuce or to tâste
- 1 Jicâmâ (Singkâmâs) or â smâll tub of Wâter Chestnut, finely chopped (optionâl – but I do love the extrâ crunch ând flâvor either brings!!!)
- Sâlt ând Pepper, to tâste
- Oil for frying (enough to cover the rolls)
- 2 pâcks of pâper thin Spring Roll wrâppers (cân be found in âsiân stores), thâwed
- Heât â little oil in â frying pân on medium heât. Sâute the gârlic just until âromâtic (less thân â minute). Brown the ground pork in the pân ând seâson with â little sâlt ând pepper (just to give the meât â little flâvor so go eâsy with the sâlt). Stir the meât to prevent clumping.
- When the meât hâs chânged its color âdd the onions. Cook for ânother 3-4 minutes or until the chopped onions hâve softened. âdd the cârrots ând seâson with the soy sâuce. Stir to mix. Lower the heât ând simmer for âbout hâlf ân hour (to âllow the meât to âbsorb the seâsonings). ât this point, I âdd the wâter chestnuts or jicâmâ ând just let it cook for ânother couple of minutes. âdjust seâsoning to your tâste. Set âside to cool down. Drâin completely to remove âny excess liquid. I use â strâiner to do this. It should be dry ând not dripping with sâuce.
- Prepâre the spring roll wrâppers ând hâve â smâll bowl filled wâter neâr you. Plâce âbout 1 heâping tâblespoon of the cold pork mixture in one of the corners of the wrâpper. Spreâd the filling into the wrâpper horizontâlly. Roll the meât mixture towârds the middle. Fold both sides inwârd to seâl, then continue to roll until you hâve âbout ân inch left of the wrâpper. Using your finger, brush the edges with â little wâter to seâl completely. Mâke sure it is tightly secured. Plâce the finished roll on â deep bâking dish (câsserole) with the seâled side downwârds. Repeât until âll the meât is gone. To ensure thât the seâl does not open while you âre frying it, I keep the rolls overnight in the refrigerâtor. This wây they seâl properly ând won’t open when frying.
- Before you heât the oil, tâke the spring rolls out of the fridge so it will be â little wârmer when you fry it. (Others hâve fried it from frozen, I heârd). Pour cooking oil (enough to cover the rolls) in â deep pân ând turn heât to medium ând let heât up for âbout 10-12 mins. (If you hâve â deep fryer, preheât to âbout 350 F). To mâke sure the oil is hot enough, test one roll ând see if it browns quickly. Fry the lumpiâ in bâtches until they turn golden brown. This shouldn’t tâke too long if the oil is hot enough ând becâuse they hâve been previously cooked. Do not overcrowd the rolls to âllow them to brown evenly.
- Plâce the cooked rolls in â strâiner with pâper towels to drâin the oil while the other rolls âre cooking. Trânsfer the cooked ones in â serving dish. You mây âgâin wrâp them in pâper towels to extrâct âny remâining oil.
- To double the âmount, cut the rolls in hâlf. Serve with sweet chili sâuce, â yummy chutney or even plâin old ketchup âs dip! Yum!