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What is the difference between egg rolls and spring rolls?

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Spring rolls have a thin and almost translucent flour wrapper but are rarely fried, while egg rolls have a thicker wrapping and are almost always fried. Spring rolls are traditionally Chinese, while egg rolls are more of an American addition to Chinese cuisine.

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Egg rolls found their place in America through 19th century railroad workers. Restaurants wanted to find a way to accommodate Chinese immigrant railworkers as well as American workers. This led to an increase in so-called "fusion cuisine" that combined American cooking methods and pallets with Chinese ideas. The egg roll was one of the first, and the most popular, results of this combination.

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