It’s cabbage season in Minnesota, and we’ve got just the recipe for you! Egg roll in a bowl uses many of the ingredients you would find in an egg roll (and many that you can buy at the New Ulm Community Market and Co-op), but is much more simple to make than a fried egg roll (it’s healthier too!). Use your favorite ground meat (chicken, turkey, pork, or beef are all great in here), cabbage, onions, carrots and/or bell peppers – adapt this recipe to use up whatever you have on hand.
1 pound ground pork
1/2 head chopped or shredded green cabbage
2 carrots, shredded or chopped into matchsticks
3 green onions, chopped
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons Chinese five spice powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger (or minced fresh ginger)
Splash of rice vinegar or Chinese cooking wine (white vinegar would be fine here)
2 tablespoons soy sauce (or more, to taste)
1 tablespoon honey
2 – 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Red pepper flakes (optional)
In a large skillet, brown ground pork over medium high heat, stirring to make sure it doesn’t burn. Sprinkle salt on the pork to flavor as you brown. As soon as pork is cooked through, remove from the skillet and set aside.
Add cabbage, carrots, half of the green onions, and bell pepper and cook until softened, approximately 5 – 8 minutes. When the veggies have started to brown up, add the Chinese five spice, ginger, and garlic. Stir constantly and cook until spices are fragrant, about one minute.
Add rice vinegar and stir to release anything that may have cooked onto the pan (this is good! Adds extra flavor).
Soon after adding the vinegar, throw the pork back in and stir to combine the flavors. Add the soy sauce, honey, and hoisin sauce (start with 2 tablespoons) and combine. Taste. If you feel you would like it to be sweeter, add a bit more hoisin. If you want it to be saltier, add more soy sauce. If you like heat, add a few shakes of red pepper flakes. Turn off the heat, taste once more to make sure that it is seasoned to your liking, and serve with brown jasmine rice and garnished with the remaining green onion.
*Notes: Chinese 5 spice powder is made of cinnamon, star anise, pepper (black or Szechuan), fennel seed, and clove so if you have these ingredients on hand, you can make your own. If you don’t have one of the ingredients, don’t worry – just try it with what you do have and it will still be fine. Hoisin sauce is a sweet and thick sauce. If you can’t find it but don’t want to omit the flavor completely, try using a bit more honey. There are also hoisin sauce recipes available online and it is easy to make. Many call for sugar, which we don’t like to use, so substitute honey if you are trying to keep your refined sugar levels low.