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Reader's Recipe: Lumpia

Reader's Recipe: Lumpia

Have you ever had lumpia? Have you even heard of lumpia? It's a delicious Filipino pastry much like a spring roll. Its lovely taste and (relatively) easy prep has made it one of the staples in Filipino cooking. And now, thanks to reader jennifer76, you can make it in your own home! To check out a delicious lumpia recipe (complete with pictures),

Recipe submitted by jennifer76

Lumpia is a Filipino style egg roll. We had a friend who used to make KILLER lumpia for bbq's back in Hawaii, but since she's going all Marie Barone on me and slacking on getting me the recipe, I had to resort to the Internet. I found this recipe on and tweaked it a little bit.

♥ 1 tablespoon sesame oil
♥ 1 pound 93% lean ground beef
♥ 1 heaping tsp crushed garlic
♥ 3/4 cup chopped onion
♥ 1/2 cup finely grated carrots
♥ 1/2 cup thinly sliced napa cabbage
♥ 1 heaping teaspoon ground black pepper
♥ 1 teaspoon salt
♥ dash garlic salt
♥ 1 teaspoon soy sauce
♥ 30 lumpia wrappers
♥ buncha canola oil for frying

In case you're not familiar with napa cabbage...

Here it be.Here it be.

Chop up your veggies.

Why did I take a picture of this?Why did I take a picture of this?

Heat 1 tbs sesame oil in a large skillet over med high heat. Brown hamburger. Make sure you break it up into small pieces.

No chunky meat.No chunky meat.


Remove the meat from pan. If you use 93% lean hamburger meat, you shouldn't have to drain the pan. Add garlic and onions and cook for about 2 minutes. Stir in the cooked meat, carrots, and cabbage. Season with pepper, salt, garlic salt, and soy sauce. Stir just long enough to unclump your grated carrot then remove from heat. Set aside to cool.

You should be able to find lumpia wrappers in the frozen section of your grocery store. Probably near where they keep the pot stickers, gyoza, egg rolls, etc... You REALLY want the individually separated kind. Rolling lumpia is very much like rolling burritos.

You can keep them in your fridge. They have to be thawed before you use them.

Peel off the paper CAREFULLY.Peel off the paper CAREFULLY.

Put about a tablespoon and a half of your filling near one end of the wrapper.

Make sure you leave space on either side.Make sure you leave space on either side.

Fold over the edge and squeeze the filling into a thin tube.

Ignore the Christmas themed plastic wrap on my counter.Ignore the Christmas themed plastic wrap on my counter.

Fold each side of the wrapper in.

Then roll, roll, roll...just make sure you keep it very tight. Wet the end of the wrapper to seal.

You'll want to roll them all before you start frying, as they cook VERY quickly. Cover them with plastic wrap as you go, so they don't dry out. Heat a heavy skillet over medium heat with canola oil to 1/2 inch depth. Use your tongs and slide 3 or 4 lumpia into the oil. Fry for 1 to 2 minutes, until all sides are golden brown. Drain on paper towels over a cookie cooling rack.

Just for y'all, I worked on my presentation this time. :D Of course, the fam just got theirs dumped on a plate.

You can also make dessert lumpia. Cut a peeled banana in half, then quarter the halves. Put a quarter in a lumpia wrapper. Add lots of butter, sprinkle some sugar then cinnamon. Roll and fry like the others. Just keep them separate or you'll never know what you're gonna bite into. ;)

I forgot to take a picture of the dipping sauce. We like to use Jafran Sweet Chili Sauce but I forgot to buy it. So I just made our gyoza dipping sauce with sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, minced garlic, minced ginger and chili garlic sauce.

Kathleen2855259 Kathleen2855259 5 years
I can't find lumpia wrappers in our town and surrounding area. will egg roll wrappers work?
iheartnoodles iheartnoodles 8 years
I love your step by step instructions & photo! Very helpful. I can't wait to try this recipe.
rlveronica rlveronica 10 years
My mother has stacks of these in the freezer for easy reheating. She's def the lumpia lady around here. ;)
lemuse20 lemuse20 10 years
I just made lumpia the other day, it's so good. The recipe we use is much different though & we use pork instead of hamburger.
nikks nikks 10 years
I never knew about that cabbage thing. My mom makes hers different. And you can tell the difference. Instead of beef she puts ground turkey. Adds, shrimp [cut into small pieces] & water chestnuts [canned]. You mix everything [RAW] into a bowl with seasonings. I think she adds oyster sauce too. [If you wanna know what it taste like to see if u need to add anything just cook a spoonful of the mix into some oil and then taste it to see if its good.] So after that ... you wrap it, if you roll a long lumpia just cut it in half and your done. and then you fry until golden brown. TADAAAA, LUMPIA! More healthier. Hehehe. oh and for the banana lumpia, its called TURON [TU-rOWN] Some people add Jackfruit [langka] inside.
Mamita Mamita 10 years
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 10 years
cool and very pro pictures. love ur nail color too. the recipe sounds yum.
migno_j migno_j 10 years
Wow, i didnt know that Philipines has lumpia too. In my country, Indonesia, they have lumpia too. The famous is one is called Lumpia Semarang, Lumpia basa (not fried). They put bamboo shoot inside with chicken, and other veggies.. plus seasoning it's so yummyyyy too. But there is also Lumpia Jakarta, (the capital city) which they put rice vermicelli or soun inside with meat (beef or chicken) and veggies. and we ussually eat it with small green chilli (cabe rawit) which is very very very hotttttttt ( i dont like it's too hot)..... sometimes dip with peanut sambal sauce (which is very yummy) or Thai chilli sauce I love lumpiaaaaaaa..........! This is the picture ( i found it in the internet) almost the same with Philipines lumpia. Image Hosted by
RoSsB RoSsB 10 years
Great kids really loved it!
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Mmm, yummy, I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks!
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
Oooh wow! Thanks, Yum!! Thanks, everybody! :D A geek - I can't imagine you're ever scared in the kitchen!
siren6 siren6 10 years
I don't think I've ever had lumpia in the Philippines that *didn't* have equal parts beef, pork and chicken in them; but frankly I'd personally prefer this recipe better. The mixed meats always freaked me out.
chibarosa chibarosa 10 years
I love lumpia! My mother-in-law is from Manila and she always made these for my husband when he was a child, so she taught me how to make them so I could carry on the tradition. I always make them around the holidays because they bring back such good memories for my husband. While this is a more traditional recipe, we make them with more meat and without the cabbage and carrots, plus we use the square wrappers. I always make a huge batch and then freeze them. That way you can take out as many or as few as you need and fry them up for a quick dinner or snack.
katwo katwo 10 years
Wow, sarap! It's so hard to get this recipe right! Thanks for the recipe and step by step instructions!
nicachica nicachica 10 years
wow this looks amazing! i totally want to cook this now (and then devour them all). ;)
kiki5571 kiki5571 10 years
These are so yummy! My dad just re-married a woman from the Phillipines and she made these for me over the summer. This is a great post and your pictures and directions are great!
athenac athenac 10 years
Love lumpia! It's a staple when my family gets together. Although, I've never made them with round wrappers. We've always used square. I know there's no difference in taste, but when preparing is there a difference?
a-geek a-geek 10 years
Absolutely amazing- I wouldn't be scared to make this now. :)
princessv princessv 10 years
those look fantastic! also, i really like the way you posted the recipe complete with pictures for each step. makes it easy for a novice cook like myself! :)
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
YeA!!!Congrats Jen on your featured recipe! EVERYONE needs to make these. They're yummy and addicting.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Serious awesomeness!
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