Vegetarian crispy beggar's purses

Yield: 8 Servings

Measure Ingredient
8 \N Spring onions, green parts*
600 millilitres Groundnut oil, deep frying
1 pack Spring roll skins **
25 grams Cloud ear fungus or Chinese black mushrooms
100 grams Beanthread noodles
100 grams Carrots; coarsely grated
100 grams Mangetouts; finely shredded
100 grams Celery; coarsely chopped
50 grams Fresh red chillies; seeded
2 teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons Spring onions; fine chopped
1 tablespoon Fresh ginger; finely chopped
1 tablespoon Garlic; finely chopped
3 tablespoons Cilantro; finely chopped
1 teaspoon Rice wine or Dry Sherry
1 teaspoon Sugar
1 teaspoon Sesame oil
150 millilitres Water
2 tablespoons Sugar
3 tablespoons Chinese white rice vinegar or cider vinegar
3 tablespoons Tomato pur=82e or ketchup
1 teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Freshly ground white pepper
1 teaspoon Cornflour -=SLAKED WITH=-
2 teaspoons Water
1 teaspoon Chilli flakes or powder
½ teaspoon 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 2:323/4⅖ Posted to MM-Recipes Digest by "Rfm" <Robert-Miles@...> on Sep 21, 98

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