How to make your own egg rolls
When compared with its cousin, the spring roll, the egg roll is generally larger, has a thicker, puffier skin, is crunchier, and has more filling. However, the terms "spring roll" and "egg roll" are often used somewhat interchangeably. The egg roll dough is wheat-based while the spring roll is sometimes rice-based.
Some varieties are made with sesame seeds or other flavorings/toppings, such as chocolate, cream, or strawberry. The term may also be used to refer to another modern Asian breakfast cuisine that mixes the western omelet with thin egg roll wrappers.
How to make one,
4 cups all-purpose flour; sifted
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup ice water
Place salt and four in a bowl. Make a well in the center and add the eggs and the water. Stir the well until all the flour is mixed into a dough. Plop out on a table and knead with your hands. Use extra flour so the dough does not stick to the surface. Allow dough to rest for half an hour.
Divide the dough into quarters. Dust your pastry board with cornstarch and roll out until each dough is a 11 by 14 triangle. Wrap and freeze remaining dough if you want to save it.
This recipe is a variation by Angela Naymor, link will be below.
This is a good time to get your deep fryer going, you can bake egg rolls. Preheat oven to 425.
Now that you have made your wraps you are ready for some ingredients.
Note: You can buy egg roll wraps in most grocery stores , usually in the produce section , next to tofu and that kind of stuff. Wonton wraps are usually smaller and you do not get enough ingredients in them.
Egg Roll Filling:
Cabbage and meat are pretty much the staples , other than that you can add what you like.
I use chicken in mine.
You can follow other recipes for vegetables to use . I use a bag of Cole slaw, the salad kind. It has your cabbage and carrots already thinly sliced and ready to go.
Once the cabbge is a little wilted looking that is when I pull it from the heat and set it aside. You want to have your pastries made into squares. I place about 1/3 cup of my cabbage chicken mix on it and wrap it up. Some people seal with flour paste , but I use a drop of water or egg to seal the outside.
I know most people do not know how to wrap an eggroll so here is a great video for doing it.
Expert village Egg roll wrapping
It looks hard at first, but once you get it it's like riding a bike, unless you never learned.
Some people brush egg on the outside of the roll, I don't see a difference in flavor it seals it better and makes it that golden crispy color. Mostly a preference.