(Indonesian egg rolls)
1 inch ginger root (or 1 tablespoon ginger powder)
2 chicken breasts
1 large carrot
1/2 pound white cabbage or cabbage
1 8 ounce can bamboo shoots
2 tablespoons peanut oil (3-to-6 tablespoons later)
1/2 pound bean sprouts
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
24 egg-roll wraps
3-to-6 tablespoons peanut oil
Grind ginger root in powder with spice grinder. Dice chicken, carrot, cabbage, and onion. Add ginger. chicken, carrot, cabbage, onion, bamboo shoots, and 2 tablespoons peanut oil to pan. Sauté for 5 minutes on medium-high heat or until onions soften. Stir frequently.
Add bean sprouts, and soy sauce to pan. Cook for 5 minutes on medium heat or until chicken is done. Stir frequently. Remove from heat.
Scramble egg in small bowl. Place one corner of an egg roll wrap toward you. Put 2 tablespoons of the chicken/veggie mix about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom corner. Fold bottom corner up until it covers the mix. Fold sides in until they touch the mix. Roll up wrap from the bottom. Spread some of the scrambled egg under and on top of the flap of the egg-roll wrap.. (This keeps it from unraveling.)
Put 3 tablespoons peanut oil in electric skillet. Heat oil to 350 degrees. Be careful putting eggs rolls into hot oil. (It’s a good idea to wear an apron, long sleeves, and hold the skillet top in your other hand while doing this.) Fry for 5 minutes or until spring rolls turn golden brown. Turn occasionally to ensure even cooking. You will probably need to fry in patches. Add up to 3 tablespoons peanut oil as necessary.
1) Cabbage is an essential ingredient in this recipe. Cabbage also has a rich history in literature and culture as can be seen by the following quotes.
“Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.”
– Mark Twain
3) “’Good worts! Good cabbage. Slender, I broke your head: what matter have you against me?’
– Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor
3) “Cabbage: a familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man’s head.”
– Ambrose Bierce, A Devil’s Dictionary
4) “I want death to find me planting my cabbage”
Michel de Montaigne
5) “Idealist: One who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup”
– H. L. Mencken
6) “At middle age the soul should be opening up like a rose, not closing up like a cabbage”
– John Andrew Holmes
7) “Cabbaged” is the longest word that can be played on a musical instrument. It probably sounds awful.
8) Cabbage has been used by many for decades to ridicule America’s government. It goes like this:
Lord’s Prayer – 66 words
Ten Commandments – 297 words
Declaration of Independence – 1,335 words
Gettysburg Address – 271 words
Federal directive to regulate the price of cabbage – 26,911 words
Unfortunately the bit about the federal directive isn’t true. There is no source for it. Sorry.
9) “ A good wife, rich cabbage soup, what more do you need?”
– Russian Proverb
10) “At middle age the soul should be opening up like a rose, not closing up like a cabbage”
– John Andrew Holmes
11) “Like warmed-up cabbage served at each repast, repetition kills the wretch at last.”
11) “Cabbage, eww!”
– Little kids everywhere
– Paul De Lancey, The Comic Chef
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