Napa Cabbage wrapped Chinese Spring Rolls #SundaySupper

Today’s Sunday Supper it is all about lighter options. Which works well for me since I have a few pounds I would like to lose before my brother’s wedding in May. Today I decided to share something that I have been wanting to make for a while. I am a big spring roll fan but I avoid making them at home because they are usually fried. But I started thinking about lettuce wraps and wondered if I could do something similar with napa cabbage that I had on hand. It was a bit of an experiment and at first seemed rather daunting but to be honest it turned out to not be as hard as I worried it would be. And it was so tasty. Although something like this is normally served as an appetizer I served it with some fried rice as a main course and we loved it.

Napa Cabbage wrapped Chinese Spring Rolls

1 head napa cabbage or savoy cabbage
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp rice wine (or white wine)
freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp cornstarch
500g (1 lb) ground chicken or turkey
2 Tbsp cooking oil, divided
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 stalk green onion, chopped
2 carrots, thin julienne cut
2 Tbsp oyster sauce


In a large pot bring salted water to a boil. While you are waiting for the water to boil prepare a large bowl with water and ice cubes.
Remove 8 outer leaves from cabbage. Make a cut through each individual leaf at the base where it attaches to the core. Trim out some of the woody stem area from the leaf. Set the remaining head aside. To blanch, carefully add trimmed cabbage leaves to boiling water; cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until just wilted. Cool quickly by plunging cabbage leaves into ice water for 1 minute.

Remove the individual leaves from water and lay flat onto a paper towel or cloth towel to dry. I did find it hard to not get a few tears in the leaves, but just be as careful as you can. The tears didn’t seem to affect the rolling too badly. Set leaves aside, they need to be completely dry before you use them to wrap.

In a large bowl, combine the soy sauce, wine, pepper and cornstarch. Add in the chicken and mix well. Let marinate for 10 minutes (or up to overnight in the refrigerator). Heat a wok or large saute pan over high heat. When hot, swirl in just 1 tablespoon of the cooking oil. Stir fry the ground chicken until browned. Remove browned ground chicken from wok to a bowl and set aside.

Wipe the wok clean and turn heat to medium. When the pan is just starting to get hot, add in the remaining cooking oil. Add in the green onion, garlic and ginger and cook for 30 seconds. Take care not to burn. Add in the carrots and cabbage, make sure your carrots are cut very thin. Turn the temperature up to medium-high, making sure to stir the vegetables well and often. Stir fry the vegetables for 2 minutes, or until the carrots have softened. Add the cooked chicken back into the wok; mix well. Add in the oyster sauce and toss again.

Divide mixture into eight portions. With a slotted spoon scoop one portion of filling into the middle of one of the dried cabbage leaves. You want to use a slotted spoon because you need to make sure you don’t get any extra juices from the meat mixture into the wrap other wise it will be too sloppy to fold.

Carefully fold and wrap up the cabbage to make your roll. Serve with Teriyaki dipping sauce.

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Napa Cabbage wrapped Chinese Spring Rolls
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 head napa cabbage or savoy cabbage
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp rice wine (or white wine)
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 500g (1 lb) ground chicken or turkey
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 stalk green onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, thin julienne cut
  • 2 Tbsp oyster sauce
Instructions
  1. In a large pot bring salted water to a boil. While you are waiting for the water to boil prepare a large bowl with water and ice cubes.
  2. Remove 8 outer leaves from cabbage. Make a cut through each individual leaf at the base where it attaches to the core. Trim out some of the woody stem area from the leaf. Set the remaining head aside. To blanch, carefully add trimmed cabbage leaves to boiling water; cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until just wilted. Cool quickly by plunging cabbage leaves into ice water for 1 minute.
  3. Remove the individual leaves from water and lay flat onto a paper towel or cloth towel to dry. I did find it hard to not get a few tears in the leaves, but just be as careful as you can. The tears didn’t seem to affect the rolling too badly. Set leaves aside, they need to be completely dry before you use them to wrap.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the soy sauce, wine, pepper and cornstarch. Add in the chicken and mix well. Let marinate for 10 minutes (or up to overnight in the refrigerator).
  5. Heat a wok or large saute pan over high heat. When hot, swirl in just 1 tablespoon of the cooking oil. Stir fry the ground chicken until browned. Remove browned ground chicken from wok to a bowl and set aside.
  6. Wipe the wok clean and turn heat to medium. When the pan is just starting to get hot, add in the remaining cooking oil. Add in the green onion, garlic and ginger and cook for 30 seconds. Take care not to burn. Add in the carrots and cabbage, make sure your carrots are cut very thin. Turn the temperature up to medium-high, making sure to stir the vegetables well and often. Stir fry the vegetables for 2 minutes, or until the carrots have softened. Add the cooked chicken back into the wok; mix well. Add in the oyster sauce and toss again.
  7. Divide mixture into eight portions. With a slotted spoon scoop one portion of filling into the middle of one of the dried cabbage leaves. You want to use a slotted spoon because you need to make sure you don’t get any extra juices from the meat mixture into the wrap other wise it will be too sloppy to fold.
  8. Carefully fold and wrap up the cabbage to make your roll. Serve with Teriyaki dipping sauce.

35 thoughts on “Napa Cabbage wrapped Chinese Spring Rolls #SundaySupper

  1. These look and sound so fresh & healthy. Can’t wait to try them. Trying to eat low carb this year and these will be perfect 🙂 Thanks for sharing !! The filling sounds delish !

  2. I don’t know why I never think to make something as delicious and healthy as this at home! I LOVE spring rolls too, but I also love the lettuce wraps that are served in Chinese restaurants. This version looks way better. I’m printing this and making it asap!

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