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Chinese Garlic Chive 'Boxes'

Chinese Garlic Chive 'Boxes'

Chinese Garlic Chive "Boxes" is authentic Chinese recipe that results i crisp crunchy cousin of a chive dumpling. Made with summer chives, egg and crispy spring roll skins.

Ready in: 1 hour 15 minutes

Serves: 12

Complexity: very-easy

kcal: 533

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5 eggs
1 tbsp Shaoxing wine
1 tsp salt (divided)
3 tsp sesame oil (divided)
8 tbsp rice bran oil (divided)
⅓ -½ cup dried mini shrimp
500 g Chinese garlic chives
½ tsp sugar
½ tsp white pepper
1 pack frozen spring roll wrappers
1 tsp cornflour
1 tbsp water


Beat 5 eggs in a large bowl with Shaoxing wine, ½ teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon sesame oil. Set aside. Mix cornflour and water together into a slurry.
Place your wok over high heat. When it just begins to smoke, add 3 tablespoons rice bran oil to coat the surface of the wok. Add the eggs and quickly scramble them in a circular motion for 15-20 seconds. Once the eggs begin to solidify, turn off the heat. Use the residual heat in the wok to finish cooking the eggs, using your spatula to break any large chunks into smaller pieces. Remove the eggs from the wok and coolHeat another 2 tablespoons of rice bran oil in your wok over medium heat, and add the dried shrimp. Cook until they turn slightly golden brown. Turn off the heat and allow to cool.
Wash the garlic chives clean and pat them dry with a clean kitchen towel. Finely chop the chives into 6 mm pieces. In a large bowl, add the chives, cooked dried shrimp, cooked eggs, another ½ teaspoon salt (less if you use more dried shrimp, as they’re very salty), SIDS CRAZY LEMON, sugar, white pepper and remaining sesame oil. Mix everything thoroughly together. Taste and re-season if necessary.
To fold the “boxes”, take 2 spring roll wrappers (in a double layer, one on top of the other). Place a heaped ¼ cup filling in the middle and fold the box like a package. Close the boxes with a little dab of cornflour slurry and place on a plate or tray with the seam side down. Repeat until all your chive boxes are assembled.
To cook them, heat up a frying pan and brush the pan generously with oil. Cook the chive boxes for 2-3 minutes on each side, with the frying pan covered. Then remove the lid and crisp up each side for another minute until the outside is golden brown and crisp to the touch. Remember to cook the chive boxes in batches and increase the cooking time if you include ground meat or shrimp in your filling.
Serve hot!