For those of you who know what Lumpia is bare with me as I share my story. Firstly I did not make them and I do not have a recipe to share per say. Lumpia is a Filipino spring roll that one of my daughters co-worker; when he found out that she had been to the Philippines and loved the food he shared some of his lumpia that a family member had made.
Well it all started there; his mother was upset that he shared one of this aunts because his other aunt makes a better one. The ones pictured here are his mothers version. Can you see where I am going with this? They were so excited to have impartial judges on who in the family make the “best”. Mind you each one of theirs was totally different in taste and looks I wish took pictures of each of them but at first we were unaware of the family Lumpia rival.
So what is Lumpia? I have mentioned on several occasions that different cultures have different names for similar items. For instance I would say the Filipino Lumpia would be our American egg roll except much thinner in a thinner wrapper; in Chinese I would say a spring roll. I am not saying they are the “same” just similar in that you are filling a wrapper; which there are so many different kinds of wrappers out there and so many different types of fillings; some just veggies some with a mixture of veggies and meat and then you are frying them to deliciousness.
We all thought that the second aunt gave us the best ones. I hope they have a do-over!
I found this recipe online from Vanjo Merano that 8 people gave it 5 stars – it looks promising I will have to try – let me know if you do before me!
- 50 lumpia wrappers
- 3 cup vegetable oil for frying
- 1½ pounds ground pork
- 1 small onion minced
- 1 small carrot minced
- 1½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ cup fresh parsley chopped
- 1½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 eggs
- add all the filing ingredients in a medium bowl
- using a scoop or spoon 1 to 1½ tablespoons of filling and place over a piece of lumpia wrapper. Spread the filling and then fold both sides of the wrapper. Fold the bottom. Brush beaten egg mixture on the top end of the wrapper. Roll-up until completely wrapped. Perform the same step until all mixture are consumed
- Heat oil in a heavy pot. Deep fry lumpia in medium heat until it floats.
- Remove from the pot. Let excess oil drip. Serve with a dipping sauce of choice. we like soy sauce and a sweet chili sauce for a couple of options
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