Have you ever invited a friend to a potluck gathering, and noticed that their food was barely touched? You don’t have to worry about that with your Filipino friends. The party gathering dish known as the Filipino egg roll (lumpia) is a popular favorite. Come to think of it, I believe I’m only invited to parties for the egg rolls. Hmm…I guess that’s all good, as long as everyone can share the wealth and enjoy the egg rolls.
At a very young age, I was taught how to make this popular dish by my parents and relatives. We would all gather to make this dish. This would be a fun family gathering. I always remember my cousin and I would try to beat each other to see how many we can make. Even though this dish was time consuming to make, I enjoyed every part of this process because it helped fill the stomachs of many.
Now here are the secrets ingredients and instructions to this popular dish.
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound ground pork
1/2 cup onion; chopped
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup carrot; minced
1/2 cup cabbage; shredded
1/2 cup green onion; chopped
1 tablespoon soy sauce
30 each lumpia wrappers
1 egg; beaten
*Keep in mind, the ingredient measurements can be changed depending on serving size
1) Let’s start by heating a large skillet or wok over a medium-high to high heat and add in vegetable oil and the ground pork.
2) When cooking, stir frequently until the pork is done. No pink allowed! Be safe!
3) Remove from the pan and don’t forget to drain off as much fat as possible (leave some in the pan). At this time, you can let the pork cool.
4) Next, cook the onion and garlic until soft in the same pan.
5) Add in carrots and cabbage and stir, reduce temperature if necessary.
6) Add in the green onions, soy sauce and cooked ground pork.
7) Remove from pan and set aside until it's cool enough to handle.
8) Scramble the egg in a small bowl and set aside to use for sealing your rolled up lumpia.
9) Lay out one of the lumpia wrappers in front of you preferably in a diamond shape.
10) Then spread the filling in a line across the bottom of the wrapper.
11) Roll up the wrapper by folding the wrappers from the sides and starting from the bottom. You would roll up toward the middle keeping it as tight as possible.
12) Now this is very important! Brush a small amount of the egg wash on the edge of the wrapper and seal the lumpia closed. Afterward, set them aside, to be wrapped. Sometimes, you can place them in a freezer until you’re ready to serve them.
To serve this dish properly, don’t forget to fry them properly! Make sure it looks like that golden brown.
13) Add about two cups vegetable oil to a heavy skillet or deep fryer, or enough to cover the lumpia. Make sure it is hot before you place in the egg rolls.
14) When you’re frying the egg rolls, make sure you keep an eye on them for that golden brown look. You just can’t set it and forget it. It will happen fast.
15) Afterward, serve the dish with your sauce of choice. Lumpia is traditionally served with sweet and sour dipping sauce, but you can be creative and serve whatever sauce you like with lumpia.