Traditional Filipino Lumpia Recipe
This is a traditional Filipino dish. It is the Filipino version of the egg rolls. It can be served as a side dish or as an appetizer.
This recipe was awesome and yielded restaurant quality crispy lumpia. I thought the recipe for the filling was 100% perfect. Since this was my first time ever dealing with lumpia wrappers, I experienced some technical challenges. Lumpia wrappers are highly delicate (just like filo dough.) You must keep them covered with a damp cloth during use or they will dry out. Separate into sheets very carefully to prevent tearing. Since it was my first time, I ripped a few during the wrapping process. The only thing I added was egg wash to seal my wrapper. I used the round wrappers as well which have a different wrapping procedure from the square ones. As soon as they hit the oil, they form the crisp shell very quickly. This was such a good recipe and my family really enjoyed it. It will be added to the list of my favorite recipes.
These lumpias have become a family tradition during the holidays. The only change I made was to used WonTon wrappers, it is much easier to use than the spring roll wrappers. Spoon a tsp of mixture into the center, then roll into a smaller version of the spring roll. The result is a 2 bite appetizer or side dish that everyone really loves. The trick is to get the oil hot, then each lumpia only takes about 30 seconds on each side to cook. I usually have to buy 2 package of 50 ct WonTon Wrappers to use up all the filling, makes about 75 lumpias. I used La Choy Sweet and Sour sauce for dipping.
I make this all the time and spotted a few mistakes. Traditional Lumpia is made from ground beef but you can use pretty much any type of meat from chicken, pork, beef, etc. Favorites are leftover pot roast. Must do's: grate, not dice the carrots. Forget the green onions, they cook out too soon, use regular white onion. AND! Be extra choosey with the brand of wrapper. I use Spring roll wrappers from the Asian market. Wonton wrappers are too thick, commercial egg roll wrappers are also VERY thick and do not flake. Only the Asian made "Spring Roll" wrappers will produce a golden colored flakey and light Lumpia.
These were great. Couldn't find lumpia wrappers, so I used wonton skins and they were still delicious - can't imagine if I'd had the right stuff!!
I used won ton wrappers (easily found in most stores) and rolled on a diagonal. A little more than a tablespoon of filling per wrapper. I did follow a suggestion to put everything in the food processor. I did this with the veggies before sauteing them and back in the food processor with the meat after everything was cooked. I added a T of Better Than Bouillon while blending. And served them with (mild) Sweet Chili Sauce. Yum...the flavor was great. Thank you for sharing your recipe.
OMG! These are so delicious!!!, My mom use to make this when I was a kid and as it was cooking it smelt just like hers. The only thing I changed was the meat I used morningstar veggie crumblers. I made homemade sweet and sour sauce which was 1 tbsp corn starch mixed with enough water to make it slightly runny (set a side) then in a pot mixed 1/4c light brown sugar, 1/4c apple cider vinegar & 1/4 c water stirred the mixure in the pot and brought it to a boil and then added the corn starch mixture stirring til it was well mixed and began to thicken. The sauce was enough for about 9 lumpia but if you need more you have to use equal parts for the the ingredients like 1/2 c vinegar, 1/2 c water, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 2 tbsp corn starch. Oh yeah I also added a little ketchup to give it a redish color. Anywho my husband thought it was the Indian chutney from the store. And he gave me a thumbs up on the lumpia so I will consider it as a meal on our list. YEA!
This lumpia was great- very easy to make with an authentic taste. My boyfriend is Filipino and he said that it was the best lumpia he's ever had not made by his mom :)
The lumpia wrappers seemed difficult (but I have never cooked with them before), I think I will try to make my own next time. Other than that, the recipe tasted great!