Chinese Meat Rolls is an extremely popular chinese dish especially for the Malaysian and Singaporean Chinese family. It is also known as Ngoh Hiang (五香) or Loh Bak (五香滷肉) both meaning five-spice meat rolls. Chinese Meat Rolls are traditionally prepared with pork. However, it can be substituted with chicken meat as well. Because of its popularity, they are also readily available at most food stalls. However, homemade Chinese Meat Rolls, in my opinion, are far more superior than those sold commercially.
To make Chinese Meat Rolls, start by cutting and chopping all the filling ingredients. Then mix all the ingredients with the seasonings in a large bowl until thoroughly mixed. Whatever filling ingredients one uses, the freshness of the ingredients is of utmost importance to ensure they are as aromatic as well as tasty.
Next, wrapped the filling in dried beancurd skins. Be sure to press the filling gently yet firmly against the beancurd skin when wrapping. They are then cooked twice. First, by steaming and then deep-frying. Steaming is to cook the meat and deep fry is to give these meat rolls a super crispy and crunchy skin. They are then sliced into bite size before serving alongside some cut cucumber slices and sweet chilli sauce.
Oil temperature control is an important factor in the frying process of the meat rolls. The oil should be hot enough to prevent the meat rolls from absorbing too much oil. Yet it should not be too hot which will cause uneven browning and even burnt meat rolls. Once the deep fried Chinese Meat Rolls are beautifully light golden brown in colour, turn the heat up slightly for a few seconds before removing the meat rolls from the oil. This will result in less oily Chinese Meat Rolls.
These delicious, flavourful and crispy Chinese Meat Rolls have a crunchy exterior with a soft and chewy filling and are served warm as a main dish. They can even be served as a delicious appetiser.
A special thanks to my sister who has taken the effort to share with me this delectable dish. Thank you Ji Chiar!
As always, ENJOY!