nems (fried stuffed pastries)

1 Servings
2 cups Flour
2 teaspoons Salt
½ cup Shortening
1 each Egg yolk,
¼ cup Water
½ cup Cooked diced pork, chicken, or beef
½ cup Sliced mushrooms
¼ pounds Crab meat
½ cup Cooked vermicelli or fine Chinese egg noodles
1 each Hard cooked egg
½ teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
  Fat for deep frying

Sift the flour and ½ tsp. salt into a bowl. Cut in the shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives. Beat the egg yolk and water and add, tossing lightly until a ball of dough is formed. Chill one hour.

Chop together until very fine the meat, mushrooms, crab meet, noodles, egg, and remaining salt and pepper. Roll out the odugh ¼ inch thick and cut into 6 inch circles. Place some filling on one end, turn ends in and roll up like a jelly roll. Moisten edges with egg white or water to seal. Heat the fat to 365 and fry 2-3 rolls at a time for 20 minutes or until browned. Drain and keep warm while preparing the balance. Makes about 10 Fried Stuffed Pastries NEMS viet nam

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