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Vegetarian Crispy Beggar's Purses

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Category: Chinese, Vegetarian

 Ingredients List

  • ----------------------------ASSEMBLY AND COOKING----------------------------
  • 8 Spring onions, green parts*
  • 600 ml Groundnut oil, deep frying
  • 1 pk Spring roll skins **


25 g Cloud ear fungus or Chinese
-black mushrooms
100 g Beanthread noodles
100 g Carrots; coarsely grated
100 g Mangetouts; finely shredded
100 g Celery; coarsely chopped
50 g Fresh red chillies; seeded
2 ts Salt
1 ts Freshly ground black pepper
4 tb Spring onions; fine chopped
1 tb Fresh ginger; finely chopped
1 tb Garlic; finely chopped
3 tb Cilantro; finely chopped
1 ts Rice wine or Dry Sherry
1 ts Sugar
1 ts Sesame oil

150 ml Water
2 tb Sugar
3 tb Chinese white rice vinegar
-or cider vinegar
3 tb Tomato pur=82e or ketchup
1 ts Salt
1/2 ts Freshly ground white pepper
1 ts Cornflour -=SLAKED WITH=-
2 ts Water
1 ts Chilli flakes or powder
1/2 ts Chilli oil

NB * Spring (green onions) use green parts only, either blanched, or
microwaved 15 secs on full power.
** "There are two types of spring roll wrappers. The Cantonese style uses
a smooth noodle-type dough and results in a heavier wrapper, while the
Shanghai type which I prefer, is more like rice paper, translucent and
lighter. K.H." "I was invited to cook at John Cleese's final cast party for
his film "Fierce Creatures". He requested a vegetarian treat, so I adapted
my "Crispy Beggar's Purses into something fiery and fierce, but without any
creatures. K.H."

If frozen, thaw the spring roll skins thoroughly.
Soak the fngus or mushrooms in warm water for 20 minutes. If using the
fungus, finely shred, cutting off and discarding any hard ends. If using
the chinese mushrooms, squeeze out the excess liquid, remove and discard
the stems and finely chop the caps. Soak the noodles in a large bowl of
warm water for 15 minutes. when soft, drain and discard the water. Cut the
noodles into 3" (8cm) lengths.
In a large bowl, combine the carrots, mangetout (US snow peas), celery
and finely shredded chillies, add the salt and pepper and mix well. Then
add the rest of the ingredients, noodles and fungus or mushrooms and stir
them to mix well . Wrap the bowl with cling film and chill it for at least
20 minutes.
Place all the ingredients for the sweet and sour sauce, except the
cornflour mixture and chilli, in a pan. Bring to the boil, stir in the
cornflour mixture and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the chilli flakes and oil.
Allow to cool and set aside. (This mixture may be made 24 hours ahead and
refrigerated. allow to come to room temperature before serving).
When you are ready to stuff the skins, put two tablespoon of the filling
in the centre of each spring roll skin. Dampen the edges with a little
water and bring up the sides of the skin around the filling. Pinch edges
together at the top so that the dumpling looks like a filled bag. Tie with
a spring onion. Continue until you have used up all the filling
Heat a wok or large frying pan over high heat. Add the oil and when it is
moderately hot, add a handful of dumplings and deep fry for 3 minutes until
golden and crispy. If the oil gets too hot, turn it down slightly. Drain on
kitchen paper and fry the remaining dumplings. Serve them immediately with
the sweet and sour sauce.
Recipe "Ken Hom's hot Wok" Book
Mmed IMH c/o Georges' home BBS 2:323/4.4

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