Lumpia (Lumpiang Shanghai)

Lumpia (Lumpiang Shanghai)


Lumpia are a traditional Filipino snack or appetizer (or even a main course) that have different variations. This version of traditional fried lumpia, called Lumpiang Shanghai, is made with a filling of ground pork mixed with onions, carrots, and water chestnuts that is stuffed into lumpia wrappers and fried until crispy golden brown. Don’t forget your favorite sauce for dipping!

Cook Time
30 minutes
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
50 Lumpias

How to Make It

1. Step
Add the carrots, onion, and water chestnuts to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the vegetables are finely chopped, but not ground into a paste.
2. Step
Transfer the vegetables to a large bowl with the ground pork, green onions, garlic, soy sauce, Knorr seasoning, sugar, black pepper, and egg. Stir with a fork until well combined; do not overmix. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
3. Step
Gently separate the lumpia wrappers from one another and cover with a damp towel to prevent them from drying out.
4. Step
Add the flour and water to a small bowl and whisk to combine, making sure there are no lumps.
5. Step
Assemble the lumpia: Scoop 5 tablespoons (52 grams) of the filling onto the center of a lumpia wrapper and shape into a horizontal line, all the way across the wrapper. Fold the bottom of the wrapper over the filling and start to roll tightly. Brush the flour paste on the top edge of the wrapper, then continue rolling to seal. Transfer to a baking sheet and repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling.
6. Step
Cut each lumpia crosswise into 4 equal pieces.
7. Step
If desired, arrange the lumpia in a single layer on a baking sheet, making sure they are not touching each other. Freeze until solid, 2–3 hours, then transfer to an airtight container. The lumpia will keep in the freezer for 3–4 weeks.
8. Step
When ready to fry, pour 1 inch of canola oil into a large pot and heat over medium heat until the temperature reaches 375°F (190°C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with paper towels and set a wire rack on top.
9. Step
Working in batches to avoid overcrowding the pot, add the lumpia to the hot oil and fry for 5–7 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer to the wire rack to drain and repeat with the remaining lumpia, allowing the oil to return to temperature between batches.
10. Step
Serve the lumpia with your favorite sauce for dipping.
11. Step


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