Spring rolls with crab, sweetcorn, tofu and wood ear fungus

Karen Martini
Spring rolls: easy once you get the hang of them.
Spring rolls: easy once you get the hang of them. Photo: Marina Oliphant

Spring rolls can be a little fiddly at first, but once you get the hang of them they’re pretty straightforward. A great asset for a more spontaneous events, they can be frozen raw and then deep-fried from frozen — they’ll just take a little longer.


2 tbsp canola oil

1 clove of garlic, chopped

1 420g can of corn kernels, drained

1/2 tsp five spice

Flaked salt

Freshly ground black pepper

100ml coconut cream

1 punnet of enoki mushrooms

1 punnet of wood-ear fungus

130ml rice wine vinegar

40g goji berries

2 cobs of fresh corn, cooked and kernels stripped

125g firm tofu, finely diced (3-5mm)

300g Australian cooked crab-meat

25 spring roll wrappers (about 20cmx20cm)

1 egg, beaten

Vegetable oil for deep frying

200g Chinese-style plum sauce

Prawn floss (optional, from specialty Asian shops or you can whizz dried shrimp in a spice grinder)

Coriander for garnish


1. In a medium frying pan over a medium heat add one tablespoon of the canola oil, then garlic and cook until fragrant, add the tinned corn and five spice, salt and pepper, stir then add coconut cream and bubble for a minute or two. Transfer to a food processor to make a smooth paste. Cool.

2. Trim woody ends of enoki and discard, slice each wood-ear fungus into three or four pieces. Saute mushrooms in the remaining oil in a clean frying pan over medium heat for two minutes.

3. In a small saucepan add 50millilitres of rice wine vinegar and the goji berries, bring to the boil for one minute.  

4. Line up your ingredients: corn puree, corn kernels, tofu, mushrooms, goji berries and crab meat.

Separate a wrapper and place on a clean benchtop or board in front of you, brush three edgesof the wrapper with beaten egg, omitting side closest to you. Three centimetres in from the un-brushed edgespread one heaped teaspoon of corn puree leaving three centimetres free at each end, follow with about a teaspoon each of the other ingredients. Fold the un-brushed edge over the filling and roll tightly, compressing theingredients as you go. Halfway through rolling the wrapper, fold in the left and right edges and keep rolling, brushing the end with more egg before you seal the roll.

5. Empty plum sauce into a bowl and addthe remaining  rice wine vinegar and mix. Garnish with the prawn floss if using.

6. Heat oil in fryer to 180C. Fry spring rolls until light golden and crisp, about three minutes.

7. Serve spring rolls whole or cut on a bias, with plum sauce and garnished with coriander.

Drink Pinot grigio