Traditionally served on the first day of the Chinese New Year in early spring, spring rolls are lighter versions of the egg roll. These mango-lobster rolls are accompanied by a sweet-and-sour chili dipping sauce.

Body+Soul, April/May 2005


Credit: Lisa Hubbard

Recipe Summary

Makes 8 rolls


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine fish sauce, wine or sherry, 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger, and cilantro leaves in a medium bowl. Add lobster; toss to coat. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

  • Heat oil in a large cooking pan over medium-high heat and swirl to coat pan. Add green tea and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add remaining ginger and saute another 30 seconds. Add lobster mixture; stir and toss until it heats through, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Let cool, then mix in mango.

  • Fill a medium bowl with warm water. Dip one of the wrappers in the water for 15 seconds, or until softened. Carefully transfer it to a dry work surface.

  • Arrange 2 to 3 tablespoons of the filling in an even horizontal mound just below the center of the wrapper. Roll up the rice paper to form a tight cylinder, folding in the sides about halfway. Assemble the remaining spring rolls the same way.

  • Cover finished rolls with a damp cloth to prevent them from drying. Serve fresh rolls whole or cut in half, with Sweet-and-Sour Chili Sauce.

Cook's Notes

Use fresh lobster if it's available, but canned lobster may be used instead. You can also replace the lobster with fresh or canned crabmeat.