I perpetually crave Chinese food. Or to be more accurate, Americanized Chinese food. I’m sure it has something to do with my huge salt tooth, which is totally justified because I sweat so much when I workout, right? I mean I don’t want to put myself in danger of developing hyponatremia. I’m really just looking out for my health, I promise. Or at least that’s what I tell myself when I eat half a bag of chips all in one sitting. All rationalization aside, the good news is when you make your own Chinese food you control the sodium (as well as other fun add-ins like MSG) and also can opt for healthier cooking methods like baking instead of frying.
Because you never know when an egg roll craving will strike, I like to make a double batch and freeze some for easy reheating later. Every time I bite through one of these crunchy shells it’s like heaven in my mouth. I hope you feel the same way.
Pork Egg Rolls
- 1 package egg roll wrappers
- 1 lb ground pork
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried ginger
- 2 TBSP oyster sauce (or soy sauce, although oyster sauce has a pretty long shelf life and isn’t that expensive.)
- couple grinds of pepper
- 2 small carrots, grated
- 2 C cabbage, chopped
- 1/4 lb bean sprouts, rinsed*
- 1/2 bunch green onions, sliced
- vegetable oil for frying
- Heat a large skillet with a small amount of oil in it. Add ground pork to the pan and sprinkle with the garlic, ginger, oyster sauce, and pepper. As you cook the meat try to evenly incorporate the seasonings.
- Once the meat is browned, add cabbage, carrots, bean sprouts, and green onions. Stir until just incorporated then remove from heat. (Cooking it longer will make the vegetables less crisp.) Let sit until it has cooled enough that you can touch the mixture. The heat from the meat will cook the veggies a little bit more.
- Assemble the egg rolls.
- Fry or bake. If baking, brush the egg rolls with oil and cook at 425° for 20-25 minutes. These egg rolls were fried in a skillet with about 1″ of oil and turned after one minute for even cooking. After frying, cool on paper towels to soak up extra oil.
- Serve with your favorite sauce. (I am a fan of sweet and spicy chili sauce.)
*Some stores don’t sell bean sprouts anymore because they feel it’s a risk, but I’ve always been able to find them at Whole Foods. Rinsing the bean sprouts as well as cooking them greatly reduces your chance of getting a food borne illness. I’ve been making egg rolls with sprouts for close to eight years and never contracted any type of food poisoning.