Students show off their egg rolls Anne tries her hand at chopping chicken Chang Vang with noodles A student questions the Hmong egg roll makers Chao Vang expertly chops a chicken wrapping an egg roll Students wrapping egg rolls soup on the stove A student shows off her egg rolls Mr. Wagler separates an egg Egg rolls frying

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Hands-On Egg Rolls

Nico | Izzy L. | Gabby | Thomas | Dylan | Abigail | Sara K. | Martha | Izzy S. | Cristina Benjamin | Pao | Emma | Mark | Erika | Mariah | Maggie | Nate | Jeremy

Egg roll ingredientsWhen I went into the kitchen of the Hmong community center, there were three Hmong women making the food stuff for the inside of the egg rolls.

When we got to the kitchen, I and a group of kids went over to see a woman chopping raw meat into very small pieces. This was for the chicken noodle soup. Strangely, she chopped the bones, also.
–Izzy L.

Chao Vang making egg rollsWe got to make egg rolls with a couple of Hmong women. A lot of us had never done egg rolls before so it was a little difficult at first but as you kept going it got easier and easier.

We started out with these packages of spring rolls. They are like tortillas but they are square and not as crunchy and burnt, so someone had to peel them off of each other.

The mixture to put inside of the egg rolls had little noodles, carrots, and some green vegetables. The mixture was really squishy on my fingers, but it felt good to touch the mix. While we made egg rolls the Hmong woman made rice and chicken soup with noodles in it. It didn’t take long for the Hmong women to cook the meal. filling an egg roll

I wonder what it would be like having rice every day and having egg rolls a lot.

The stuff to put inside the egg rolls was already made. Our job was to actually get the stuff inside a thin sheet of slightly paper like dough, and roll it the way we were shown.

First, we took all the stuffing and put it on one side of a square tortilla kind of thing. Then we would roll until we got into the middle, tuck in the corners, and keep rolling ‘till there was just a little piece not rolled. We’d then dip our fingers into egg yolk and put the egg yolk on the piece of egg roll that wasn’t yet rolled up. After that we’d roll the rest of the egg roll. The yolk prevented the egg roll from coming unrolled. The egg rolls had to be tight or they would not survive the heat of the [oil].
–Sara K.

First you take some of this egg mixture. I’m not sure what’s in it but I think there is raw beef, cabbage, and an egg white (save the yolk).

We had meat in our [egg rolls], but you can have them without the meat.
–Izzy S.

I love eating egg rolls but most of all I like making them because it’s more fun making than eating them, I say, because you take more time making them, than eating them.
–CristinaDrawing of the egg roll-making process, by Jenny

There is a very precise way of wrapping the egg rolls that I cannot put into words. It was fun making them, but it was even better eating them.

We dipped the egg rolls in sweet and sour sauce.

We also had chicken curry soup and sticky rice and regular rice. The difference between sticky rice and rice is you eat rice with chopsticks or forks and you use your hands when you eat sticky rice.

The egg rolls were very delicious. I never had such good egg rolls. I felt like eating more but I had one more thing to eat; the tasty Hmong soup.

The egg rolls were fresh, the soup was cool and umm, umm the sticky rice was good!

But in that time I was there, I had already learned how to make egg rolls. I learned how to roll them up and had gotten ingredients in person from a Hmong lady. I even made egg rolls at home for supper one day this week.

One very traditional thing which Hmong people have kept for many years is cooking, a specialty. They have squash-drinks, sticky rice, egg rolls, regular rice, salads and much more. The names are sometimes strange, but the foods are delicious!

A VERY important rule is that it HAS to be TIGHT! If it isn’t, it won’t taste as good when it’s all done cooking and ready to be eaten.
–MaggieMixing vegetables for eggrolls

The Hmong women made spicy Thai soup and rice. I loved every bite of that meal so much. The next day I made egg rolls for dinner!

For a long time, Hmong people have been known to prepare a lot of food for a lot of people in a very short notice. Some Hmong traditional food is sticky rice. Sticky rice is rice in the shape of a hot dog, with no bun that you hold in your hand.

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