A wonderful way for families to learn about other cultures is by celebrating significant holidays from around the world with food. Throughout the Chinese New Year celebration, different dishes are prepared with symbolic significance in mind: noodles for longevity, oranges for wealth, whole chicken for family togetherness and whole fish for prosperity.  Another fun fact about noodles is that they are not to be cut because this is considered bad luck and represents a shortened life.

Today, I have an easy egg roll recipe, which symbolizes wealth because they look like gold bullion bars.  Whether or not eating them makes you wealthier, they are fun to to prepare as a family.  Although I’m not Chinese, my siblings and I used to make egg rolls with my mom when we were young.  I look back at those times with much fondness.  We would mix the ingredients together and assemble the rolls, then mom would fry them to a crispy golden brown.  Making them was fun, but eating them was even better.

If you plan on celebrating Chinese New Year, don’t forget red envelopes, another common tradition during Chinese New Year.  The gift of crisp bills are inserted into red envelopes and given to children.  The red color symbolizes good luck and is believed to ward off evil spirits.  The giving of red envelopes or cash is also a common tradition during New Year festivities in many other Asian cultures.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Chinese New Year, here are some links that may be of interest to you.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Recipe: Egg Roll Recipe

  • Servings: 8 - 10
  • Serve these crispy egg rolls for the Chinese New Year or any time of the year!

    Ingredients

    • 1 lb. ground pork
    • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
    • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
    • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 2 cups napa cabbage or regular cabbage, minced or shredded
    • 1 carrot, peeled and minced or shredded
    • salt and pepper
    • 1 package egg roll wrappers
    • 3-4 cups peanut oil frying

    Instructions

    1. In a medium bowl, add pork, soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice vinegar, corn starch, garlic and ginger. Mix with a spatula until well combined. 
    2. Heat a wok or frying pan on medium high.  Add vegetable oil.  Cook the pork mixture until meat is no longer pink. 
    3. Add shredded cabbage and carrots and cook for 2 minutes longer.  Season with additional salt and pepper as needed.
    4. Place one egg roll wrapper on a clean surface rotating it as a diamond shape.  Spoon 1/3 cup of the pork mixture in the center of the wrapper from left to right.  Grab the bottom corner and fold it over the mixture tucking it in.  Then, fold the sides in and proceed to roll the egg roll until there is no more wrapper.  Dab the top corner of the egg roll wrapper with water so it adheres to the roll.  Continue to make as many rolls as there is filling. 
    5. Heat peanut oil on medium high.  When oil is ready, fry each egg roll until  they are golden brown.  Remove from oil to a plate lined with a paper towel.  Serve immediately.

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      Love the recipe – definitely going to give it a try sometime. I make a basic pork stuffed wonton that is super yummy so I imagine this would hit the spot too. Is it weird that I’d totally love to try one right now… 830 in the morning? :)

      • Carol Harrison

        @ Rachel: No, they sound absolutely wonderful right now!

      • physicsinventions

        Wow! Those look amazing! I love eggrolls! Since I’ve made home made cinnamon rolls this week,

    • http://www.thescramble.com Aviva Goldfarb

      This looks like another fun family project for the Goldfarbs to try. I loved learning about the symbolism of food in Chinese New Year traditions, too. Thanks, Alice!

    • L. Roblin

      Can you suggest a way to make a dipping sauce? I have a hot one I like (soy, vinegar, sriracha, fish sauce) but not a mildly sweet one that the kids would prefer. Anyone?

      • http://www.thescramble.com Aviva Goldfarb

        In response to L. Roblin’s question above, I find that apricot jam makes a good stand in for Chinese Duck sauce.

        • Caron Valentine

          I love peanut sauce. There are tons of easy to more elaborate ones online. And my kids would eat anything if you put peanut butter on it.

    • CarolinaGirl

      Wow! Those look amazing! I love eggrolls! Since I’ve made home made cinnamon rolls this week, maybe I’ll brave eggrolls next week! Thanks for sharing the recipes and Chinese New Year traditions!

    • http://thechurchcook.blogspot.com/ Kay @ The Church Cook

      Wow, these look wonderful, Alice!

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    • Tracey

      I worked in a chinese restaurant for years and they used to put a little peanut butter in the mix to bind it. I was surprised not to see it as an ingrediant. (spelling).

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      These are gorgeous… thank you for sharing your recipe!!

    • SeattleMommy

      YUM!!!! Thank you for sharing – they look delish!

    • Jennifer

      Can you use a different frying oil? Like Saffola oil? Would it change the taste? I have never used peanut oil.

      • Alice Currah

        Hi Jennifer: Safffola oil should work fine. The reason for peanut oil is for the high-smoke point making the oil suitable for higher temperatures. Grape seed or canola oil would also work. Hope this helps.

        • Jennifer

          Thank you so much.

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