Arguably one of the healthiest dishes on earth and my fall back to go diet food. It was said to have its origins in China where the dish was supposedly eaten by locals during unhappy occassions. Supposedly it is never supposed to served on occassions for celebration.
Lumpia is made of many components, mostly vegetables. The main filling is made of sauted chopped carrots, green beans, tokwa, mushrooms, sayote , depending as well on what the family feels like adding to the mix.
Making the lumpia is another thing. Here’s step 1 on how to make your lumpia:
First, put some lettuce on top of the lumpia wrapper.
2nd, put the lumpia filling on top of the lettuce.
3rd, add scrambled egg strips on top of your lumpia filling.
4th, add hoti (seaweeds mixed with fried bihon bits)
Hoti – up close.
Add Peanut sugar
5th. Add wansuy on top the pile for a more flavorful lumpia. You can add fresh chopped garlic and hot chili sauce to the mix if you like.
6th. Wrap it up and you’re ready to eat.
If you don’t have the time to make your own at home, you can always take out. Restaurants like Mann Hann serve lumpia. Delis like Little Store, DEC, or sunday market bazaar regular Yen Ching makes very good lumpia.
DEC actually serves sugar free and garlic free lumpia upon request and they make a yummy a la lumpia ubod wrapper for their lumpia. My kids love eating their version of chinese lumpia.
Little Store New Mla (also has a branch in San Juan) 7236881
Mann Hann (which has branches across malls) 7242361
Yen Ching (Salcedo Market, Lung Center bazaars)
DEC Asian Food Plaza Wilson St. San Juan 7211105/7213649