Chinese New Year – Spicy Spring Rolls

Posted on the 16th February 2018

Happy Chinese New Year! To turn your spring rolls into more of a meal, serve them with fried rice bulked out with some of the spring roll vegetable mixture. Simply cook your rice then drain thoroughly. While the rice is cooking, stir-fry whatever vegetables you have spare including spices, garlic and ginger. Add the drained cooked rice to the vegetables and continue to cook for a couple of minutes, then season with soy sauce. Alternatively, add cooked noodles to the vegetables for a delicious chow mein.

Makes 12
Preparation: 40 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins


  • One packet filo pastry or spring roll pastry. Tip: Only open the packet when you are ready to fill your spring rolls; filo pastry dries quickly and can become difficult to roll.

For the filling:

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 onion, finely shredded
  • 1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 100g kale, stalks removed and shredded
  • 1 leek, shredded
  • 2 cm fresh ginger, pulped
  • 1 tsp five spice powder
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 100g bean sprouts
  • 50g margarine, melted

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.

2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok. Fry the onion for 2 minutes then add the carrot, kale and leek, and continue to cook for another minute.

3. Add the ginger, five spice and chilli, and cook for 1 minute.

4. Now add the sweet chilli sauce, soy sauce and bean sprouts and cook for 30

5. To make the rolls, cut the filo into squares approx 20cm x 20cm.

6. Place a tablespoon of the filling mixture at one edge then fold over the ends so your mixture is sealed in, then
roll. Brush with a little melted margarine and place on to a lined baking sheet. Repeat until you have 12 (or the ingredients run out).

7. Place in the oven for 15 minutes, or until golden and crispy.

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