Have A Party With Fresh Spring Rolls or Popiah

Delicious Popiah For Any Occasion

There is a very popular dish called “Fresh Spring Rolls” or “popiah” in Southeast Asia especially in Malaysia and Singapore where you can have a party in your home or in any other setting where good food is served.

A fresh spring roll or popiah is a soft, thin paper-like crepe or pancake made from wheat flour and filled with finely grated and steamed yam bean, (known locally as sengkuang), bean sprouts, thinly sliced fried tofu, lettuce leaves, shredded fried eggs, and fried shallots. You can add other ingredients such as grated French beans, carrots, slices of Chinese sausage or minced pork or chicken meat, shrimp, crab meat, chopped peanuts or seaweed.
Popiah Deep-fried Makes A Crunchy Snack
Deep-fried popiah is a crunchy and delicious snack. Chili sauce and garnish with tomato-cucumber and lettuce.
Deep-fried popiah is a crunchy and delicious snack. Chili sauce and garnish with tomato-cucumber and lettuce. | Source
Fried Popiah From Leftovers

As a fresh spring roll, the popiah itself is not fried and is eaten with a sweet bean sauce and optionally with hot chilli sauce before it is filled with the ingredients.

Just lay out the popiah wrappers or “skins” and the ingredients on the table and the guests make their own fresh spring rolls or popiah with proportions of ingredients to their own personal liking. It’s lots of fun and guests usually compare their creations among themselves.

However, any leftovers of fresh popiah can be deep fried in oil and can be eaten as a crunchy snack.
Fried Spring Rolls or Fried Popiah
They are deep fried in vegetable oil to give a crunchy taste..
They are deep fried in vegetable oil to give a crunchy taste..
The Heart and Soul of Spring Rolls Or Popiah
The yam bean or sengkuang is a legume with tubers that are turnip-shaped with white flesh and light brown skin.
The yam bean or sengkuang is a legume with tubers that are turnip-shaped with white flesh and light brown skin.
Yam Bean Is The Main Ingredient In Making Spring Rolls

The yam bean is the main ingredient in making spring rolls or popiah. Without it, you don’t have popiah.

Yam bean (Pachyrrhizus erosus L.) is known locally as the turnip but it’s not related to it. The yam bean or local name sengkuang is a legume with tubers that are turnip-shaped with white flesh and light brown skin.
Yam Bean (Pachyrrhizus erosus L.)
Yam bean (Pachyrrhizus erosus L.)
Yam bean (Pachyrrhizus erosus L.) | Source
Yam Bean Is Indigenous To Mexico – They called it Jicama

Pachyrhizus erosus is indigenous to Mexico. The Spaniards were the first to spread yam bean to the Philippines. From there, it went to China and other parts of Southeast Asia, where popular uses of the fresh yam bean include popiah and lumpia in the Philippines. Fresh yam beam is also used in other dishes like rojak and yusheng.
Jicama Has Many Other Names

In Mexico, Pachyrhizus erosus is commonly known as jicama, Mexican yam, or Mexican turnip.

However, in Southeast Asia, it is commonly known by its Chinese name bang kuang; in Mandarin Chinese, as dòushǔ, liáng shǔ or sa got; in Malay as ubi sengkuang; in Indonesia as bengkuang; in Myanmar as Sane-saar-u; in Thailand as man kaeo; in Philippines as singkamas; in Vietnam as cây củ đậu (in northern Vietnam) or củ sắn or sắn nước (in southern Vietnam); in Laos as man pao; and in Japanese as kuzu-imo.

In the Indian continent, it is known as shankhalu in Bengali; mishrikand in Hindi; kandha in Telugu; and kesaur in Bihar.
Jicama or Yam Bean
Pachyrhizus erosus, common name Jicama, a root vegetable in the Fabaceae. Photographed at a farmer’s market in San Francisco
Pachyrhizus erosus, common name Jicama, a root vegetable in the Fabaceae. Photographed at a farmer’s market in San Francisco | Source
Yam Bean Is Sweet and Juicy

Yam bean is high in carbohydrates in the form of dietary fiber. It is composed of 86–90% water; it contains only trace amounts of protein and lipids. Its sweet flavor comes from the oligofructose inulin (also called fructo-oligosaccharide) which is a prebiotic. Yam bean is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is also a good source of potassium and Vitamin C.