Egg roll

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Egg roll
An American-style egg roll and its filling
Course Hors d'oeuvre or side dish
Variations Kab yob
Cookbook: Egg roll  Media: Egg roll
Egg roll
Chinese 蛋卷
Literal meaning "egg roll"

Egg roll is a term used for many different foods around the world.


The term egg roll is commonly used in North America to refer to variations of fried foods involving filling wrapped in flat bread. The dish is considered a subtype of the spring roll in mainland China, with the Chinese term meaning egg roll referring to the biscuit roll instead.[1] Egg rolls are considered distinct from spring rolls outside of mainland China.



In Vietnamese cuisine, an egg roll is a savory dish typically served as an appetizer and is similar in concept to what is commonly known as a Spring roll but made with flour dough wrap instead and deep fried or baked, resulting in a crispy product. There is another version known as Popiah which has a soft pan cooked wrapper with vegetable stuffing that are stir fried or steamed in a separate process. Egg rolls are usually stuffed with pork, shrimp, or chicken, adding cabbage, carrots, bean sprouts and other vegetables, and then deep fried. This variety of the egg roll is very common and popular, across even regional varieties of American Chinese food, and is often included as part of a "combination platter".[2][3][4][5]

The Vietnamese chả giò (alternatively, nem rán) is often called "egg roll" on menus in English-speaking countries, even though the wrapper is made out of rice paper rather than eggs and flour.


In West Bengal, and especially Kolkata, egg roll refers to a fried egg wrapped inside a paratha fried flat-bread. After the paratha has been prepared, an egg is cracked on a pan and while the egg is still uncooked, the paratha is added. It is cooked until the egg is well done and is stuck to the paratha. After that, the contents are removed from the pan and sliced raw onions, sliced green chilis, sliced cucumbers, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and black salt is added. An optional choice is adding tomato ketchup at the end. It is wrapped in paper and served as a take away street food. This delicacy was specially invented for the Colonial Britishers living in the then Calcutta as a quick snack.

Britain, France, and Australia[edit]

In Britain and Australia, an egg roll can refer to a fried egg in a bread roll (sometimes with bacon).[6][7][8] The terms pancake roll, mini spring roll, or spring roll are often used by Chinese restaurants in the UK and Australia to describe what is called an egg roll in the United States.[citation needed]

In France, a similar hors d'œuvre is called a "nem" from the northern Vietnamese "nem" or "nem rán", and it is made from rice paper rolls that are then fried.

In Australia there is what is locally known as the Chiko Roll, an Australian savoury snack originally called the chicken roll and inspired by the Chinese egg roll and spring rolls.

The Americas[edit]

A Mexican egg roll is an egg roll wrap filled with beans, cheese, and, optionally, meat, as well as various peppers and spices.[citation needed] It is then deep-fried and served with sour cream or salsas, like the chimichanga. In many Chinese restaurants in Mexico, egg rolls are comparable to those in the U.S.

In the United States, several restaurant chains (such as Chili's) market a "Southwest Egg Roll", which is a Tex-Mex dish consisting of a deep-fried flour tortilla containing (among other ingredients) corn, black beans, spinach, chicken, Monterey jack cheese, peppers, and other spices. Other variations on the egg roll, especially common on menus of bar appetizers in the Northeastern United States, include the pizza roll (filled with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese) and the cheese steak roll (imitating the Philadelphia cheese steak with chopped beef and cheese).

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