Homemade Traditional Chun Kuen Or Spring Rolls For Chinese New Year

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Traditional Spring Rolls Deepfried In Batter

Good evening, dear friends :D

This is a really traditional version of spring rolls (called “Chun Kuen” in Cantonese) that was taught to me by my mother-in-law 20 years ago and we would have this wonderful dish during our Family Reunion Dinner on the eve of Chinese New Year. But because the spring rolls are so delicious and my family loves them so much, I would make a big batch and freeze some for later on. Because I only make these spring rolls once a year, it only makes this dish more unique and often looked forward to with glee by my family whenever the Chinese New Year is here. :lol:

Ingredients –

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2 kg ground pork

600 gm prawns, to be shelled and chopped coarsely

10 water chestnuts, skin peeled and chopped

12 shallots, skin removed and chopped

1 small carrot, chopped

2 large eggs

3 tbsps corn flour

2 – 1/2 tbsps salt

1 tbsp sugar

4 tbsps soy sauce

2 tbsp oyster sauce

2 tbsps sesame oil

1 tbsp white pepper

Method -

Mix all the ingredients thoroughly with your hand and “massage” the pork mixture for a good 5 to 10 minutes – this will make the meat smoother in texture and tastier. Set aside for at least 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, you prepare the pork fat “netting” by washing them a few times in a basin of water to remove any impurities. Be gentle while you do that so that you do not break them apart. You can get this type of pork fat from your butcher – just tell him you want some “Chee Mong Yau” as it is known as in Cantonese and that you want to make “Chun Kuen” or spring rolls and he will know what you want. I got mine for free this year but previously, I would buy about RM5 of pork fat/nets.

Pork Fat Netting

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To assemble Chun Kuen or Spring Rolls -

1) Cut out a piece of pork fat netting to the size of a dinner plate, about 10 to 12 inches in diameter. I would place this on my chopping board.

2) Put about 3 cups of the ground pork mixture onto the edge of the pork fat netting that is nearer to you.

3) Shape the pork mixture with your fingers into a log shape about 6 to 8 inches long, about 2 inches in diameter.

4) Lift up the pork fat netting that is nearer to you to cover the pork.

5) Then fold up both the sides to cover the pork.

6) Roll up the pork netting with the ground pork inside slowly, and tightly, while maintaining the log shape. You can give it a few more rolls to shape it better.

7) Place the pork rolls or spring rolls into a baking tray and they would look like this …

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Steam the Chun Kuens over high heat for 20 minutes…….and they will look like this …

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When the Spring Rolls are cooled, just pack them in pairs into Ziplock bags for storage in the freezer. The liquid left in the tray from the steaming is thrown away.

This recipe makes 8 rolls and I steamed the Spring Rolls a day before the Reunion Dinner. Hence, I kept 2 rolls in the chiller compartment in my fridge for cooking the next day.

To cook the final part of these delicious Chun Kuens, you need to prepare a batter. An easy way is to use some Tempura flour and here is a picture of the type Tempura flour that I had used. It is imported from Thailand. Follow the instructions on the packet and in this case, all I needed to do was to add 210ml of water to the flour for the batter. Easy. :D

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However, if you can’t find Tempura flour, then you can combine 1 cup all purpose flour, 1 cup rice flour or corn starch (this makes the batter crispier), 1/2 tsp salt, 1 egg white, and enough water to make the right consistency for the batter.

To Fry Spring Rolls -
1) Make sure that the Spring Rolls/Chun Kuens are thawed to room temperature.

2) Cut across the spring rolls into 1-cm or 1/-inch thickness.

3) Dip them into the prepared batter.

4) Fry in hot oil until they are light golden in colour.

5) Serve hot with a dish of bottled chilli sauce for dipping.

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Voila! Traditional Chinese Pork Spring Rolls. For an auspicious sounding name, I had called them “Gold Coins”.

I hope you will give this recipe a try and be as happy as I was when you see your family’s faces light up when they bite into these homemade Chun Kuens! :D

Note – Do not remove the pork fat netting, just cut the spring rolls up as they are. For those parts that seem to have too much pork fat, just remove some of it. I have tried removing all the pork fat from a spring roll before frying it but somehow, the taste isn’t just the same – not as sinfully delicious! :lol:

Be sure to have a pot of strong Chinese tea on hand to wash down the fat from this dish! :D

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6 Responses so far »

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    sweetrosie said,

    Once again you have mde my day with a traditional recipe! I love these heritage recipes you share with us choesf :) Thank yoiu

    I would probably have the devil’s own job finding the pork fat here, but, I am going to ask next time I am at the Vietnamese grocers :)

    Have a wonderful Sunday :)

    *hugs*

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    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Thank you for your lovely comments, my dear sweetrosie! :D

    My sister-in-law actually uses soft bean curd sheets to roll these spring rolls up as she doesn’t like to use the pork fat – too much cholesterol. I have tried using the beancurd sheets but there was a funny kind of smell to the spring rolls.

    I was thinking perhaps aluminium foils or special plastic wraps that can withstand high heat may be used in place of the pork fat netting.

    Have a relaxing Sunday yourself, too! :D

    With love and hugs,

    choesf :D

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  3. 3

    Tuhaibajai said,

    This article actually meaningful. I am a citizen of Vietnam, the land of famous Spring – rolls . Realy surprised when reading a message about this dish in English. Although the formulas are different but I believe the way of yours would be very delicious! It offers us useful comparison and reference! Sincerely!

    Tuhaibajai

    Tuhai.vn

    Tuhai.com.vn

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello and welcome, dear Tuhaibajai :D

      Thank you for your lovely comments. I love Vietnamese food but have never cooked any yet. :oops: I have found a few pork Vietnamese recipes on TV cooking shows quite similar to Chinese food.

      Happy Cooking!

      With peace and joy,

      choesf :D

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  4. 5

    those are great combo…
    i think the chun khun will be super duper yummy when steamed…

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