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Eggrolls going downhill

Sharuf | Jun 5, 2004 11:19 AM

I checked out a new Chinese restaurant, Ming's at Northgate 1 in San Rafael, and on their abbreviated dim sum menu was "spring rolls", with a nice looking picture of same. When they arrived, I asked if they were the same as the "eggrolls" elsewhere on the menu, and was told they were.

They were exactly like what has been passing for eggrolls everywhere lately. Basically a vegetarian thing filled with lettuce and a few scraps of other veggies. After frying, the lettuce ends up limp, steamed and semi-cooked.

IMO, REAL eggrolls / spring rolls / imperial rolls / lumpia are stuffed with lots of interesting things, and vegetarian takes are a corruption of the original concept (and should come with a caveat - "Warning, Omnivores!! These eggrolls contain no meat or shellfish").

Years ago, there was a place in Chinatown which set the alltime eggroll standard (don't remember the place's name). Their eggrolls were large, filled with various marvelous things (no lettuce!), and before frying they were coated with batter for extra crunch.

Does anyone know where I can find a decent eggroll rendition in Marin?

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