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Cheese and Curry Harumaki

Recipe by Connie Veneracion
Spring roll wrappers are filled with pork curry with sticky sauce, and strips of mozzarella, sealed and fried. Cheese and curry harumaki will boost your appreciation for spring rolls.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Cooling time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 18 cheese and curry harumaki
Cheese and Curry Harumaki

Ingredients
  

Pork curry

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 500 grams ground pork
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 shallots peeled and thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup
  • ½ teaspoon honey (optional)
  • ½ cup bone broth

Harumaki

  • 150 grams mozzarella cut into strips
  • 18 small spring roll wrappers
  • cooking oil for deep frying

Instructions
 

Cook the pork curry

  • Heat the butter in a pan.
  • Spread the ground pork in the hot butter. Over high heat, leave for a minute or two to allow the underside of the pork to brown.
  • Set the heat to medium. Add the shallots, garlic and ginger. Cook, stirring, for half a minute.
  • Sprinkle in the salt, curry powder and chili flakes, and stir well.
  • Sprinkle in the flour and cook, stirring, for a minute.
  • Pour in the soy sauce, oyster sauce, broth and honey (if using).
  • Allow the pork curry to boil gently, uncovered and stirring often, until the sauce has reduced to a sticky paste that coats the bits of meat.
  • Cool the pork curry completely.

Make the harumaki

  • Place a spring roll wrapper on your work area and spread a heaping teaspoon of pork curry across the middle.
    Filling spring roll wrapper with ground pork curry and cheese
  • Flank the pork curry with cheese on both sides.
  • Cover the filling by lifting over it the of the wrapper nearest you and roll to compress the filling a bit.
    Wrapping curry cheese harumaki
  • Fold in the the sides of the wrapper.
  • Moisten the farthest tip of the wrapper with water (or egg wash) before rolling to seal.
    Sealinh filled spring rolls (harumaki)
  • Repeat until all the wrappers have been filled.

Fry the harumaki

  • In a wok or frying pan, heat enough cooking oil to reach a depth of at least three inches.
    Frying curry cheese harumaki
  • Fry the harumaki, in batches if your pan is not so large, until golden and crisp.

Notes

Because harumaki filling contains sauce, wrapping it is not the same as making Chinese pork spring rolls. It is a bit messy. It helps if you dust the spring roll wrappers with a little starch before and after filling them.
Inspired by Ippudo's (Philippines) curry cheese harumaki.
Cheese and Curry Harumaki Cut into Halves to Expose the Filling
Keyword Curry, spring rolls