How to Make Fresh Spring Rolls (Popiah)

by Huang Kitchen

Spring is about eating fresh & having time for parties. How appropriate it will be to have just that, a Popiah Party with all the fun when your guests get busy rolling & eating these homemade rolls.


  • 1 Kilogram Turnip, cut into strips
  • 25 Spring roll wrappers
  • 300 Grams Fresh prawns, reserve shells for stock
  • ½ Teaspoons Salt, season prawns
  • 4 Cups Water, for prawn stock
  • 3 ½ Tablespoons Vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 ½ Tablespoons Fermented bean paste, ground
  • 300 Grams Meat, chicken or pork
  • ½ Teaspoons Salt, season meat
  • 2 Firm bean curd, fried & cut into strips
  • 1 Whole lettuce
  • 300 Grams Bean sprouts, blanched
  • 1 Cucumber, shred finely
  • 2 Eggs, lightly beaten
  • ⅛ Teaspoons Salt, season eggs
  • ⅛ Teaspoons Pepper, season eggs
  • 150 Grams Peanuts, roasted & ground
  • 150 Grams Shallots, sliced & fried crisp
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Choose fresh and sweet turnips, also known as jicama for this dish.

    Step 2

    Peel the skin off the turnips, wash and drained well. Cut the turnips into strips. Then place the strips of turnip in a coriander.

    Step 3

    Have ready some fresh spring roll wrap/skin. These can be homemade or store bought.

    Step 4

    To cook the filling, first boil prawn shells in water for about 10 minutes.

    Step 5

    Strained the prawn stock and set aside.

    Step 6

    Season the prawns with salt.

    Step 7

    Next fry firm bean curd on non-stick pan till browned on both sides.

    Step 8

    Then cut the fried bean curd into strips.

    Step 9

    Heat oil in a wok and lightly brown minced garlic. Add fermented bean paste and fry until fragrant.

    Step 10

    Pour in strained prawn stock.

    Step 11

    When the prawn stock comes to a boil, add in turnip strips and mix well.

    Step 12

    When it starts to boil again, add in the diced meat.

    Step 13

    Cover and simmer gently on low heat for 1 1/2 hours until the turnip is soft or transfer to a pressure cooker and pressure cook for 30 minutes.

    Step 14

    Then add in the prawns.

    Step 15

    Next add in bean curd strips and salt to taste.

    Step 16

    Cover and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes.

    Step 17

    And the turnip filling is ready to be used for the wrap!

    Step 18

    Next prepare the garnishing ingredients. Wash lettuce, blanch beansprouts, shred cucumber, sliced omelette, fry shallots, ground fried garlic & roasted peanuts. Also have ready sweet & chilli sauce.

    Step 19

    To make omelette, spread beaten eggs THINLY on non-stick pan. Cook the thin omelette till set on both sides and remove from pan.

    Step 20

    Slice finely the cooked omelette.

    Step 21

    To serve, put a spring roll wrap on a plate or flat board. Spread with as much chilli, sweet sauce and ground fried garlic as desired.

    Step 22

    Next, place a piece of fresh lettuce on one edge of the spring roll wrap. Then add blanched bean sprout followed by sliced cucumber.

    Step 23

    Place 2 tablespoons of filling, drained of gravy, on top. Then top with the finely sliced omelette.

    Step 24

    Step 25

    Lastly, wrap and then fold up the two sides of wrapper and roll up like a swiss roll. And we're done!

    Step 26

    Cut the spring rolls into pieces.

    Step 27

    And we're done! Serve immediately when warm. For more, like us on Facebook and get instant updates on our latest recipes at