Friday, September 11, 2009

Nori-wrapped Pork Rolls

I was surfing the web yesterday, looking for some inspiration as I planned my weekly meals, and these little Chinese morsels leapt out at me from [Eating Club] Vancouver's post. So simple, yet I've never thought about trying this. The perfect low-maintenance meal to make after the day I had at work (let's not even go there...).

I steamed them in my bamboo steamer, instead of baking or frying them as per the original recipe and I think they came out pretty good. Even TheHusband liked them in the end, even though he was a bit skeptical when I started making them. And they do present nicely, don't they? The only comment I have is that they were quite rich because of the pork mince (or maybe I just used a very fatty mince...). Or it could be because of the steaming none of the fat rendered out, which made them richer than intended. Next time I'll try using chicken mince or baking them.

Nori-wrapped Pork Rolls

Adapted from [Eatingclub] Vancouver

Makes 30 individual rolls
Serves 4 as part of main meal

500g (1 lb) lean pork mince
1/2 onion, chopped (or 2 spring onions, chopped)
1 tbsp ground Sichuan peppercorns
2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 egg
5 sheets of nori (dried seaweed)

1. Mix everything but the Nori together until well-combined.
2. Divide the pork mixture into 5 equal parts and spread thinly onto the nori sheets. Leave about 1 inch of the top of the nori clean. Start rolling the nori sheets up into a roll, wetting the clean edge of the nori with some water to seal.
3. Cut each roll in half and place in a bamboo steamer over a pan of boiling water.
4. Leave to steam for 30 minutes, then remove from steamer, cut each roll into thirds and serve with sweet chilli sauce to dip into. Great as a starter or appetizer, or add some jasmine rice and steamed cabbage to make a meal of it.

Nutritional info (per roll): Calories 29.3, Total fat 1.2 g, Saturated fat 0.4 g, Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g, Monounsaturated fat 0.5 g, Cholesterol 9.2 mg, Sodium 51.3 mg, Potassium 9.5 mg, Total carbohydrate 0.6 g, Dietary fiber 0.2 g, Sugars 0 g, Protein 4.0 g

Nutritional info (per serving as main meal): Calories 219.7, Total fat 8.7 g, Saturated fat 2.9 g, Polyunsaturated fat 1.1 g, Monounsaturated fat 3.8 g, Cholesterol 69.1 mg, Sodium 384.5 mg, Potassium 71.2  mg, Total carbohydrate 4.3 g, Dietary fiber 1.6 g, Sugars 0.1 g, Protein 30.0

Good source of: Iron  12.8 %


Pikaboe on September 12, 2009 3:33 pm said...

now this is very interesting...!!! en dit klink lekker ook!

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver on November 14, 2009 2:39 am said...

I saw the link to this post via your LinkWithin. I'm so happy our posts are actually reaching people... and even all the way to South Africa. =)

And hey, steaming! That's a great idea. We'll try that out and see how it compares.

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