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Spring Rolls Two Ways … Fresh and Fried.

April 26, 2012 in Chinese Food, Hot and Sour Chili Ginger Dressing, Kylie Kwongs Recipes, Uncategorized


Pork & Prawn Spring Rolls

Durbanites are experiencing what could almost be described as an autumn. If only the palm trees would change into beautiful shades of red or yellow. HO Hum! I am very excited with the two packets of fresh chestnuts that I bought at our local fruit and veg shop yesterday! I shall have them in a dish and roasting over a fire by the end of the weekend. I just love chestnuts … and you don’t often come across them fresh!

Our recent trip up to Champagne Sports in the Drakensberg for Easter meant a fair amount of padkos to feed the six of us and for a change I decided to make some spring rolls. I know this sounds a bit unusual as a padkos but I had both pork mince and a packet of prawns that needed to be used up… so spring rolls it was. I made the spring rolls the day before we left for the Berg and cooked a few for a snack and fried the rest the next day before we got on the road. I used a recipe from The Australian Women’s Weekly New Asian Cooking Book. I didn’t have all of the ingredients so I had to make a few changes and omitted one or two bits. But then that’s the joy of cooking isn’t it.

 Deep Fried Prawn & Pork Spring Rolls


 Makes 16 – 18


 2Tbs oil

 2 cloves garlic, chopped

 3cm ginger grated

 100g Pork Mince

Finely chop all of your ingredients.

 100g Chicken Mince – I didn’t have any to I used 125g Pork Mince & 125g Prawn Meat

 50g prawn meat, finely chopped

 2tsp sesame oil

  2 celery sticks, finely chopped

 1 small carrot finely chopped

  1/2 cup water chestnuts chopped – I left these out as I didnt have any!

  4 spring onions, chopped

  1 cup finely shredded Chinese Cabbage

   ½ cup chicken stock

  1Tbs cornflour

   2Tbs oyster sauce

   1Tbs soy sauce

   ½ tsp each of salt and white pepper

  1/4 cup cornflour, extra

  1/3 cup water

  36 small spring roll wrappers

  Oil, for deep frying

  dipping sauce – or sweet chilli sauce  * I have included a link to a fabulous Kylie Kwong Dipping Sauce at the end of this recipe.


Heat 1Tbs oil in a wok or frying pan, add the garlic and ginger and stir for 30 seconds.

Fry your garlic and ginger

Add the pork, chicken and prawn, stir for 3 minutes or until cooked. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the sesame oil. Set aside to cool.

Once fried set aside to cool.

Wipe the wok, heat the remaining oil, add the celery, carrot, chestnuts, spring onion and cabbage and stir fry for about 2 minutes.

As you can see I didn't have Chinese Cabbage - I used a normal cabbage from Carols Vegetable Garden.

In a bowl, stir the chicken stock, cornflour, oyster sauce, soy sauce, salt and pepper until smooth.

Add to the vegetables; stir until thickened. Stir in the meat mixture.

Combine your meat & stir fried veggies with the cornflour mixture.

In a small bowl, mix the extra cornflour with the water until smooth.

Place 1 spring roll wrapper on a work surface with a corner facing you. Brush all edges with a little cornflour paste.

Brush the cornflour paste onto the outer edge of the spring roll pastry.

Spread 1Tbs of the filling across the bottom corner of the wrapper.

Place some of the mixture on the bottom corner.

Fold the bottom corner up over the filling, tuck in the sides and roll up securely.

I popped a sprig of fresh basil on top of the mixture.

Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling.

All ready for the frying pan.

Heat the oil in a large pan and cook the rolls in batches for 2-3 minutes, until crisp and golden.

Remember to lay each spring roll into the hot oil AWAY from yourself to avoid getting burnt by splatter.

Drain on paper towels and serve with your choice of dipping sauce.

Serve with your favourite dipping sauces.

Here is the link to the Recipe for Kylie Kwong’s delicious Hot & Sour Dipping Sauce, a recipe from her fantastic cook book “My China”, which I used recently.

Kylie Kwongs Hot & Sour Dipping Sauce .... it's yummy!

Here is another link to some Fresh Thai Style Spring Rolls which are really great for a quick lunch. My Daniele makes these often as they burst with flavour and don’t require a lot of meat and have virtually no carbs in –

 so if you are watching your waist line give these a go.

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I wish you a wonderful Freedom Day!

As always

Buon Appetito



Hot and Sour Dipping Sauce or Dressing.

February 10, 2012 in Chinese Food, Crumbed Pork Chops, Dressings, Hot and Sour Chili Ginger Dressing, Janice Tripepi, Kylie Kwongs Recipes, sauces

I had the most uplifting swim at the beach this morning which has left me in a fabulous mood.  February in Durban is enough to wear anyone down.  We vacillate around the 28 to 30 something degree mark and we steam like a of basket dim sum, in at least 100% humidity.  Durban and all who live in her are sizzling; so any event that renders one feeling fresh AND fabulous is to be not only recommended, but regularly repeated.  Alliteration R-Us!

Friday is upon us and it is my intention to get up close and personal with my pool lounger this weekend.  TrickyRicky and I are planning a cook-off on Sunday so the topic of our conversations centres on what the main ingredient for this will be.  I say fish and he’s saying meat, so let’s see who wins this one! (Cue the Rocky XII music)

I have a very special Valentine’s Day planned in la casa Tripepi next week.  I can’t wait to reveal my plan; so watch this spot! 

Today’s recipe, a hot and sour dipping sauce is yet another of Kylie Kwong’s recipes.  I am glued to her series My China at the moment, as I have this cook book and in my world there is nothing better than hearing about a recipe, its origins and nuances, straight from the horses’ mouth.  (With respect Ms Kwong)  What is so great about this sauce is that it has so many applications.  I served crumbed chicken (cotolette di pollo) with this and a salad for dinner on Tuesday and hubby really enjoyed it.  Use it over braai meat, fish or as a salad dressing for a little sizzle.


Chilli Ginger Hot & Sour Dressing



Chopped garlic & coriander

Chopped garlic & coriander.

2Tbs finely chopped coriander with stems

5cm piece of ginger cut into thin strips

2Tbs finely sliced spring onions

2 garlic cloves finely chopped

1 large red chili finely sliced

Batons of fresh ginger.

2 ½Tbs light soy sauce

Finely sliced red chilli for a little colour.

1Tbs brown rice vinegar

1tsp brown sugar

1tsp sesame oil

4Tbs peanut oil




Combine all of the ingredients except the peanut oil in a heatproof bowl.

Add the soy sauce.


Heat the peanut oil in a small heavy-based pan until the surface shimmers slightly, then carefully pour it over the ingredients in the bowl.


Soft brown treacle sugar adds a nice caramel flavour to the sauce.

The peanut oil sizzles as you add it to the sauce and releases all the aromas of the ingredients –  is absolutely heavenly.

Give the dressing a good stir once you add the peanut oil.


Arrange your chicken/ fish/ lamb or beef on a serving platter sliced at an angle and spoon over the sauce then serve.

I served this dressing over crumbed chicken breast.

I served this dressing over crumbed chicken breasts.

  I cut little Rosa tomatoes and placed them on the crumbed chicken so the sauce, which is hot, slightly blanched them, releasing all their juices and flavour.

Thanks Kylie!


Have a wonderful fun filled weekend.

Try this sauce over some Crumbed Pork Chops.

Click here for the recipe.

Crumbed Pork Chops would love this dressing!


Wine of the Day by Michael Olivier

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rose 2010

THE Valentine’s Day Wine, Perfect red berries, fine bubbles so refreshing. KV’s 41st year. Buy some today, get it in the fridge and put in some pre-Valentine’s Day practice.

Great with smoked Fish, smoked Chicken breast. A pioneer in terms of MCC in South Africa.

Personally, I am all for a little V-day warm up, practice session…. Hehehe!


Valentines meals in bed are loads of fun ... especially with some bubbly!

As always

Buon Appetito