Neighborhood Kitchens

Simply Khmer's Nam Jien

Most Americans associate egg rolls with China, but they are also a popular dish in Cambodia, the birthplace of this recipe.


5 oz. white sweet potato, shredded)
5 oz. taro, shredded)
1 oz. carrots, shredded
1 oz. Spanish onion
5 oz. chicken, ground or finely chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
4 Tbs. sugar
3 cups soybean oil
1 egg
2 oz. store-bought sweet chili sauce
20 sheets egg roll wrapper


Prepare Filling
Place the sweet potato, taro, carrots, and onion in a large mixing bowl. Add the ground chicken, salt, and sugar to the bowl. Softly mix all ingredients with your hands.

Prepare Egg Roll
Crack your egg into a small bowl. This will be used to seal the egg roll.

Place the wrap on a flat surface and position it so that it is in the shape of a diamond. Grab a small handful of filling and place it on the bottom corner of the wrap. Dip your finger in the egg (make sure you get a little yolk). Dab a good amount of egg on the upper corner of the wrap; now you’re ready to roll.

Roll the wrap from the bottom up, stopping halfway through. Once you have reached the halfway point, fold the left and right corners of the wrap toward the center. (At this point, your egg roll should resemble the shape of an open envelope.) Once the corners are folded in, continue to tightly roll until you are able to seal the egg roll with the top corner.

Fill a medium-sized pot 3/4 of the way with soybean oil and preheat to 300 degrees. Gently place your egg rolls into your pot of heated soybean oil and let them fry for about 5 minutes, or until they float to the top. They should be golden and crispy.

Let cool & serve with sweet chili sauce.

Serves: 10 (2 per person)


Sam Neang and Denise Ban are the chefs and owners of Simply Khmer, a Cambodian restaurant in Lowell, Mass. They shared this recipe with us when they were featured as our guests on Neighborhood Kitchens.


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