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Fried Spring Rolls

Spring Rolls Recipe

At the start of preparing the spring rolls, take out the frozen wrappers and allow to thaw at room temperature. Alternatively, transfer from freezer to fridge the night before. While folding the spring rolls, cover the wrappers with a damp cloth to prevent them from drying out and hardening.



  • 20g dried shrimp soaked in 50ml hot water until softened, soaking water reserved
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 dried Chinese shiitake mushrooms soaked in 200ml hot water until softened; squeeze out excess liquid from caps, discard stalks and slice mushroom cap thinly; soaking water reserved
  • 1/2 turnip (known locally as jicama or “mang kwang”, NOT daikon/white radish) (roughly 300 grams) peeled and sliced to thin matchsticks
  • 200 grams cabbage (roughly 1/4 head cabbage) finely shredded
  • 1 carrot (roughly 80 grams) peeled and finely julienned using a zig zag peeler
  • 50 grams bean sprouts
  • vegetable oil for deep frying

(A) Seasoning

  • 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp ikan bills powder may substitute with chicken seasoning powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • dashes of white pepper powder to taste

Folding spring rolls

  • 1 egg white
  • spring roll wrappers


Cook the spring roll filling

  1. Pat dry dried shrimps on paper towel. Chop finely.
  2. Heat oil in wok, stir fry dried shrimps for a minute or two, until aromatic. Add garlic and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  3. Add mushrooms, turnips and half of the soaking liquid. Stir fry until the turnip have just softened and turned translucent.
  4. Add cabbage, carrots, remaining soaking liquid and seasoning (A). Stir fry until the vegetables are soft and cooked. Add bean sprouts and briefly stir fry until they are just wilted.
  5. Transfer contents of the wok to 2 large plates and allow to cool completely at room temperature before folding the spring rolls.

Wrap the spring rolls and deep-fry

  1. To wrap the spring rolls, peel a piece of wrapper and place it diagonally (diamond shape) facing you on the work surface. Place one heaped tablespoon of filling at the bottom edge and start rolling. Fold in the two sides and continue rolling. Finish the spring roll by securing the top edge with egg white. Repeat wrapping until all the filling is used up. Check out step-by-step pics here.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a wok or pot to 180°C (356°F). Deep fry spring rolls, in batches (do not overcrowd the wok) until lightly golden on both sides. Drain on paper towels before serving.

Noob Cook Tip

Wrap spring rolls separated individually using cling wrap or parchment paper, then seal them in a ziplock bag. To cook, thaw at room temperature for 20-30 minutes (not too long) and deep fry as usual.

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8 comments on “Fried Spring Rolls”

  1. Thanks for the shout-out! I was already thinking of making them again when I posted about them earlier, but then the urge “died” . Now that I see yours, feel like making again…LOL!

    Maybe you can add more filling since your wrappers look quite big ?(you bought the larger ones, right?). I don’t know. Maybe they were just right.
    I used the smaller dimensions wrappers when I made mine.

    • That’s what I thought initially, so I used two tbsp of filling. Spring roll wraps well but family complained that it’s too “fat” and “chunky”. So I reduced to a heaped tbsp and they said it’s much more presentable (fussy food critics at home!)

  2. I love fried spring rolls but always afraid they don’t stay crispy for long. Thanks for sharing your way, looks simple and easy. Will give it a try.

  3. Yay, yay … so glad am able to open your blog now (havent been able to do so for a long time). This is good to just eat it on its own.

  4. Fun to roll and yummy to eat :)

  5. Hi may I ask how do u keep them crispy after you fried them for a while? Mine doesn’t stay crispy for long.. TIA!

  6. Hi i have a question. I defrost the wrapper then i wrap the rolls. Is it save to refreeze them. I thought we should not thaw and freeze again.

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