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Spring Rolls, Japanese Style

Chinese Japanese Food

This recipe for spring rolls, or harumaki (春巻き) as they are called in Japanese, may not be authentic—or at least, not authentically Chinese. It's authentically Japanese-Chinese, or chuuka—Chinese dishes that were introduced to Japan mostly in the late 19th to 20th centuries by Chinese immigrants (many of whom decided to stay), that have been adopted and adapted to Japanese tastes.

Chuuka is not as heavily adapted as yoshoku (Western-style Japanese dishes), but they do differ in varying ways from the originals. These are the spring rolls I grew up with, the way my mother made them.

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