Harumaki or spring roll wrappers are thin wheat-based square wraps. They are crispy when deep-fried and have a smooth, light-textured surface.
Harumaki Wrappers are for spring rolls (春巻き, literally “spring rolls”). It’s made with wheat flour and water and does not contain eggs, like egg roll wrappers. Spring rolls are crispier and have a smoother texture than egg roll wrappers.
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What Are Harumaki Wrappers
As the name suggests, these are for harumaki. Japanese spring rolls have been adapted from the Chinese original. They contain ingredients like stir-fried vegetables and meat, such as cabbage, carrots, green onions, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, ground pork, chicken, shrimp, and harusame glass noodles seasoned with soy sauce, salt, and white or black pepper. The thin wrappers become crunchy when deep-fried.
The Japanese usually eat harumaki by dipping it in Japanese mustard.
The wrappers are not for fresh spring rolls made of rice paper wrappers and must be cooked before serving.
Recipes Using Harumaki Wrappers
Where To Buy
If you can’t find Japanese harumaki wrappers, find the Chinese brand “Spring Home.” The wrappers are thin, just like Japanese ones. They are usually in a freezer section of Asian and Japanese grocery stores.
How To Store
Store the wrappers in the refrigerator and use them up quickly once opened.
You can use rice paper, a gluten-free option, but the taste and texture will differ.