Mauritian hakien


Hakien is a traditional Mauritian-Hakka food very similar to the Chinese spring rolls. Our Mauritian hakien recipe is made with chicken and a mix of vegetables but these can be made with a variety of other ingredients including prawns, fish, pork or chicken and shredded vegetables. Hakiens are super crispy and a great snack to share with others or to have all by yourself!

5 from 10 votes

mauritian hakien

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


Follow our video below and feel free to replace any ingredients in the filling to make it vegan or vego!

    The filling

    • 15 pcs rice paper sheet
    • 500 g chicken mince
    • 150 g carrot grated
    • 100 g cabbage shredded
    • 50 g bamboo shoots cut in julienne
    • 10 g black fungus cut in julienne
    • 1 tbsp garlic minced
    • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
    • 1 tbsp fish sauce
    • 1 tsp corn starch diluted in 4-5 tbsp water
    • 1 pinch salt
    • ½ tsp white ground pepper
    • ½ tsp black ground pepper
    • oil to stir fry

    Hakien batter

    • 250 g plain flour
    • 50 ml vegetable oil
    • 350 ml water
    • 1 tbsp salt


    The filling

    • Pour some oil in a large frying pan on medium-high heat. Add the minced garlic and stir for a few seconds.
    • Next, add the chicken mince and cook for 5mins while stirring from time to time.
    • Next, add the carrots, cabbage, bamboo shoots and black fungus. Cook for 1–2mins while stirring well to combine everything.
    • Then add the seasonings — light soy sauce, fish sauce, pepper and salt — and mix well to combine.
    • Next, add in the diluted corn starch liquid and stir to combine well. The filling mixture should start to feel more sticky.
    • Transfer the filling to a bowl and set aside to cool down before assembling the Hakien.

    The batter

    • In a large bowl, add all the batter ingredients and whisk until everything is well combined and the consistency is a smooth batter liquid.

    Assemble the Hakien

    • Check out video for full details!
    • Start by dipping the rice paper sheet into cold water for a few seconds.
    • Then place about 2 tbsp of filling into the centre of the rice paper sheet, and roll the rice paper similar to a spring roll, burrito or wrap!


    • Fill a medium-large pot half-way with vegetable oil and heat on medium-high heat.
    • Dip the rolled up Hakien in the batter mixture, then gently place it in the deep frying oil.
    • Deep fry them for 5mins, then take them out and let cool down for 10mins.
    • Once the Hakien are cooled down, deep fry a second time by dipping in the batter again and gently putting it back in the deep frying oil for 10mins or until golden brown.


    Course: Appetizer, Entrée, Side Dish, Snack
    Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Mauritian
    Keyword: Chicken, Dairy free, Fish, Lactose free, Vegan, Vegetarian

    Join the Conversation

    1. 5 stars
      I’ve been looking for a good Hakien recipe for a long time! Finally got them the right way! Love you videos 😉

      1. Thank you so much Farah! Much appreciated.

      2. Jonathan says:

        5 stars
        Tried it and loved it! It cane out very crispy and so tasty. Thank you 😊

    2. 5 stars
      Well done my dear friend, you make us Mauritian people proud of our culinary heritage.

    3. 2 stars
      Hakien without shrimp is not hakien. The Ha in chinese hakka means shrimp!

    4. Petitpapier says:

      5 stars
      Omg thanks for sharing 😊 proud to be Mauritian

    5. 5 stars
      Proud to be mauritian, thanks for sharing my friend, made these a few days ago while receiving friends, all were gone! (and I made quite a lot!!)

    6. 5 stars
      Seems very tasty will try it, thanks

    7. 5 stars
      Thanks for the recipe. Very helpful to get one started. Enjoyed the video.

    8. 5 stars
      Well explained…right to the point without bla bla bla .thank you.

    9. 4 stars
      I love hakien. Thanks for sharing the recipes

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