Lumpia!

This Filipino spring roll is easy to make and the perfect finger food.  Sometimes we replace the ground pork with 1/2 block of extra firm tofu drained and crumbled for vegetarians…thankfully, a rarity amongst our friends.

Lumpia

  • 1 cup green onion, chopped green and white parts
  • 1 carrot, medium chop
  • 1 cup chopped green cabbage
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tsp of potato starch (optional)
  • soy sauce
  • spring roll/lumpia wrappers
  • vegetable oil

In a large frying pan, saute the cabbage and carrots over medium heat in 1-2 tbsp of vegetable oil until they are soft but not browned.  Add green onions and garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, then add ground pork.  Season with about 1 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of ground pepper.  Cool until pork is thoroughly cooked, then add soy sauce to taste – I usually use at least 1 tbsp of soy sauce.  (These are conservative estimates of seasonings – make sure that the mixture has enough salt and soy to be tasty!)  I sometimes mix in the potato starch here to help everything hold together.  Cook for another minute, then remove from heat and let it cool so you can work with it. 

Place the lumpia wrapper so one of the corners is pointed towards you and spoon about 2 spoonfuls of the mixture into the corner quadrant of the wrapper closest to you (use less mixture if you are using mini-wrappers).  Fold the corner closest to you over the mixture, then fold the side corners in towards the middle and roll the rest it up tightly – kind of like a burrito.  I moisten the last corner with water to seal the lumpia.  Deep fry the whole thing in vegetable oil until golden brown and drain on paper towels. 

Eat delicious lumpia.

Note: Lumpia/spring roll wrappers can usually be found in the freezer section of any Asian market.  I’ve also seen them in regular grocery stores.  Make sure to completely defrost and carefully peel off each wrapper from the stack without tearing it.  Also, most lumpia wrapper packages come with a handy “how to roll lumpia” illustrated instructions, in case my eloquent instructions above are not entirely helpful.

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