Tuna lumpia (spring rolls)
In April, 2003, I posted a tuna spring rolls recipe using cooked fresh tuna. Although I will always prefer fresh over canned, today is one day when I didn’t have time to thaw anything from the freezer as it was almost lunch time when I got out of bed. The solution? An easy dish that takes little time to prepare. I was in the mood for spring rolls, I checked the pantry, there were three cans of tuna, there was a packet of spring roll wrappers in the fridge, there are vegetables on the counter… So, lunch was tuna spring rolls using canned tuna. I decided to update the April, 2003 recipe which you will now find on page two of this entry.
Canned tuna… what kind? We only buy chunks or solid in brine or water. If unavailable, we buy tuna chunks or solid in oil. Always unflavored. And we don’t buy tuna flakes because there is much less fish inside the can. If you ask if me flavored canned tuna will work for this recipe, I’ll advise to try it yourself and let us know how it turns out.
- a can of tuna chunks or solid in brine, water or oil
1 medium-sized potato
1 medium-sized carrot
a bunch of scallions (green onion, onion leaves), finely sliced
1 tsp. of chili flakes
1 tsp. of salt or to taste
1/2 tsp. of freshly ground black pepper or to taste
1 egg, beaten
12 pieces of 6-inch spring roll wrappers, separated
about 2 c. of vegetable cooking oil for frying
Open the can of tuna and drain off the liquid.
Heat the cooking oil in a wok or frying pan. Cut the potato and carrot into 1/4-inch cubes. Fry the potato and carrot cubes until lightly crisp. Scoop out and drain on a stack of kitchen paper.
In a bowl, put the drained tuna, potato, carrot, scallions, chili flakes, salt, pepper and half of the beaten egg. Mix.
Place about a heaping tablespoonful of filling at the center of a wrapper and roll (see step-by-step guide on wrapping spring rolls), sealing the edges with the remaining half of the beaten egg.
Reheat the oil until you see fine wisps of smoke above the surface. Fry the spring rolls until golden, in batches if necessary so as not to overcrowd the pan and make the temperature drop which will make your spring rolls greasy and soggy.
Serve the spring rolls immediately. You may cut them into halves, if you wish. You can serve them with any dipping sauce that you like. Personally, I like sweet and sour sauce (click here for the recipe).
Cooking time (duration): 45 minutes
Number of servings (yield): 2
Meal type: lunch
The original tuna spring rolls recipe published on April 27, 2003, as edited, is on page two.