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Friday, June 25, 2010

Fresh Lumpia

Most people are familiar with lumpia shanghai which is fried egg rolls.  I actually grew up on the fresh version just because The Grandmother and Mother used to make them vegetarian.  I made them only once before but I used the store bought wrapping it is best when you use fresh wrapping.  Unluckily the wrapping is actually a crepe, I used to be able to make crepes when I was a teenager but since than I have not been successful.  For The Brother's birthday, I decided I was going to try it again.  Well, I almost wasted 1/2 the batch before I got the crepes coming out the way it should.  So I ended up making two batches to use all the filling.  The only part I messed up on was the sauce which I can't seem to remember the recipe.  I knew I should have called The Mother to verify the recipe. 
Fresh Lumpia
1 Sweet Potato
1/2 Of a Jimaca
1 Can of Chick Pea
3 Carrots
4 Cups of Bean Sprouts
1 Package of Soft Tofu
1 Can of Bamboo Shoots
1/2 a Head of Cabbage
1 Clove of Minced Garlic
1 Sliced Onion
Roman Lettuce
Salt and pepper
  1. Julian all the vegetables. 
  2. Preheat a wok with your choice of oil.  I would have use sesame oil or peanut but The Daughter is allergic.  Than saute the garlic and onions.
  3. Saute the jicama, carrots, and sweet potatoes first.
  4. Than add the bean sprouts, tofu, chickpeas, and bamboo shoots.  The tofu should break up and fully mix into the vegetables.
  5. Add salt and pepper.
  6. The filling is ready to be wrapped.
This is The Mother and Sisters cutting up the veggies when I was in California
(adapted from Allrecipe)
1 Cup or All-Purpose Flour

2 Eggs

1/2 Cup of Milk

1/2 Cup or Water

1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

2 Tablespoons of Melted Butter
  1. Add all the ingredients into a blender and mix well.
  2. Take a small skillet, make sure it is well greased, and place it over a medium heat to heat the pan.
  3. Pour a light layer of the mixture into the skillet while rotating the pan to make sure it forms a circle.
  4. Let it cook until it starts to come away from the pan and flip it. This is where I failed for a while.  I tried to flip it too soon and I ended up using my fingers instead of a spatula. 
  5. Let it cool

  1.  Take the roman lettuce and put it on the bottom 1/3 of the crepe. 
  2. Add the cooked filling and start rolling. 
If you know a good sauce recipe, please let me know.  I can't seem to remember it :D


  1. Thanks for sharing your recipe for fresh lumpia, it sound wonderful, I love all the veggies:-)

  2. Oh I have never had these but they sure look delicious

  3. Wow. Never had these crepe-like! LOVE it!

  4. Mhm, these looks awesomely good, Joy! I looove lumpia - so delicious! Also, I love that photo of your Mom & Sisters cutting up the veggies - such a family activity! How sweet of you to make these for your Brother =)

    Jax x

  5. This looks great and I love the fresh ingredients with the crepe wrapping. For some reason I always though lumpia was fried and I like your no fry lumpia. :)

  6. Mmm, lumpia is sooo good! Can you come over and make some for me? :)

  7. It looks yummy AND healthy..Thanks for sharing!

  8. I love the fresh nutritious delicious ingredients - and that it is LOW FAT and crunchy and tasty and after you chop and slice and mince and dice - the reward is to worth it. I never knew this name... not sure how to pronounce it, but this recipe is definitely going into my file - and thank you for the step by step!

  9. How fantastic that you even made the lumpia wrappers - I would have never thought of that. They look great - it does take practice to make the wrappers but having said that the next time you have to make it I'm sure no batter will be wasted.

  10. Thanks for this recipe. I love lumpias! I've never seen another recipe for this.
    Nice to have found your blog!

  11. Yummy.. you'll have to make some for me. I have a lumpia wrapper recipe that my Mom uses.. it's delicious and doesn't crack easily.... when are we going to make something together? I made some vegan cookies when i was out west and the family, including the kids, loved them :-)