Lumpia

Filipino fried spring rolls.

*Recipe courtesy of Peace Corps Philippines

Ingredients

  • 1 package of lumpia wrappers
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of salt
  • 2 small pieces carrots (grated)
  • 2 eggs (1 egg to be used as a binder, egg white to seal the lumpia)
  • 2 small pieces onions (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil (to add flavor)
  • 1 pound (or ½ kilo) ground chicken breast
  • ½ cup parsley (chopped)
  • ¼ cup green onions (chopped)
  • Cooking oil

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, grated carrots, minced onions, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, sesame oil, parsley, green onions, and 1 egg. Mix it well using spoon or fork or your hands.
  • Prepare the lumpia wrappers by separating them individually. Place the egg white or water in a saucer or small bowl. Place ¾ tablespoon of lumpia mix on the bottom part of the wrapper and roll tightly, fold the two sides and moisten it with egg white or water to seal it. Also moisten the remaining edge of the wrapper using egg white or water to seal it. Adjust the amount of your lumpia mix based on the size of your lumpia wrapper. Repeat this step until you wrap all your lumpia mixture. Wrapping or rolling the lumpia is sometimes challenging. Make sure you roll it tightly and the sides and edge are sealed.
  • Using a deep frying pan or Dutch oven, place about 2 to 3 inches of cooking oil. Heat the pan and place the lumpia while the oil is starting to get hot. Fry the lumpia in a medium heat, so the filling cooks and the wrapper will not get burned. If the lumpia floats and the wrapper is golden brown, your lumpia is cooked. You can fry 3-5 pieces of lumpia at the same time,, depending on the size of your pan. Make sure there’s enough space so it does not stick together.
  • Remove the fried lumpia from the pan using tongs or slotted ladle. Place fried lumpia on a paper towel-lined plate or wire rack to drain excess oil.

Dipping Sauce (optional)

Serve fried lumpia with sweet chili sauce (you can buy bottled sweet chili sauce in grocery stores) or mix vinegar with chopped garlic and chopped hot pepper for my dipping sauce.

Additional Tips

  • For fried lumpia, you can use ground pork, ground chicken, shrimp, or cooked shredded fish. You can add other vegetables, if you prefer. You can also add chestnuts, jicama, bell peppers, and celery.
  • As you are rolling your lumpia, cover unused wrappers with a damp cloth or paper towel so they won’t dry out. They get brittle when dry.

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