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Pho-Inspired Philly Steak Spring Roll with Dipping Sauce

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 55 min
  • Yield: 8 to 12 rolls
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Dipping Sauce:

1/2 cup fish sauce

1 tablespoon sugar 

4 fresh cilantro leaves, chopped 

3 fresh basil leaves, julienned 

1 small serrano chile, sliced 

1 lime, juiced 

Beef Roll:

8 ounces beef sirloin, trimmed of fat and sliced into strips

1 tablespoon soy sauce 

2 teaspoons cornstarch 

1 teaspoon dried red chile flakes 

1 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper 

1 teaspoon dark soy sauce 

1 teaspoon sugar 

2 tablespoons peanut oil, plus more for deep-frying

2 tablespoons mirin 

8 to 12 spring roll or egg roll wrappers 

2 scallions, thinly sliced 

1 small serrano chile, thinly sliced 

1 cup shredded mozzarella


  1. For the dipping sauce: Whisk together the fish sauce, sugar, cilantro, basil, serrano chiles and lime juice in a small bowl until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside.
  2. For the beef roll: Toss together the beef with the soy sauce, cornstarch, dried red chile flakes, white pepper, dark soy and sugar in a medium bowl.
  3. Heat a wok or large nonstick skillet over high heat until very hot, about 1 minute. Add the peanut oil, then the beef. Cook, stirring or shaking the skillet occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the mirin and cook an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute. Transfer the beef to a plate to cool.
  4. To fill the spring roll wrappers: Lay a wrapper on a cutting board. Arrange some beef strips across the middle of each wrapper; top with sliced scallions, serrano chiles and about 2 tablespoons mozzarella. Roll the wrapper over the filling, tucking in the ends after the first roll. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling ingredients.
  5. Heat a heavy-bottomed pot over high heat and fill it to a quarter of its depth with peanut oil. Heat until a deep-fry thermometer inserted in the oil registers 350 degrees F.
  6. Fry the spring rolls until golden brown and crispy, 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. To serve: Slice the spring rolls in half on the bias and serve with the dipping sauce.

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