How To Cook Filipino Food – Vegetarian+Vegan friendly

Many Filipino dishes are adaptations of Chinese dishes and lumpia is one of them. It is an adaptation of the Chinese spring roll. It is made from a mixture of sautéed pork or chicken, shrimp, and chopped vegetables wrapped in a thin flour sheet. Lumpia can either be fried or served fresh. Fried lumpia is typically served with a sweet and sour vinegar-based dipping sauce while fresh lumpia is served with a thick garlic-peanut dipping sauce. Lumpia is considered a special dish that is commonly served during festivals and special occasions. The key to making a perfect lumpia is to make sure that all the ingredients are chopped finely so the wrapper does not tear or burst while rolling.

This lumpia recipe is vegan and vegetarian-friendly as it only uses chopped vegetables for the filling. If you are building a menu for your next party at home, consider adding this dish. Your guests will surely love the crispy skin and the flavorful filling.


• 1 tbsp oil
• 1 onion, finely chopped
• 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
• 1 head of cabbage, finely chopped
• 1 carrot, shredded
• 2 potatoes, chopped
• 500 grams of bean sprouts
• 1 tbsp soy sauce
• 1 tbsp sesame oil
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 tbsp sweet and sour sauce
• 500-gram pack of lumpia wrappers
• 2 cups of cooking oil


This recipe takes about 45 minutes to make. Serves 15 to 20.

Boil potatoes in water for 5 minutes.
Drain and set aside.
Heat oil in a pan over medium heat.
Sauté onion and garlic for 1 to 2 minutes.
Add carrots and cabbage, the season with soy sauce.
Sauté for 2 minutes.
Add potatoes and bean sprouts, sesame oil, salt, and sweet and sour sauce.
Sauté for 1 to 2 minutes.
Turn off heat and set aside to cool.
Take 2 tbsp of vegetable filling and put it in the center of the lumpia wrapper.
Fold the side and roll the wrapper to enclose the filling.
Brush water on the sides of the wrapper so it sticks as you seal the lumpia.
Heat cooking oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
Deep-fry the lumpia rolls for 4 to 5 minutes or until golden brown.
Place the fried lumpia on a plate lined with paper towel to drain excess oil.
Serve lumpia with sweet and sour sauce.

Ideas And Tips:

• If you want an authentic Filipino lumpia, replace potatoes with sweet potatoes. Add other ingredients such as chopped jicama, bamboo shoots, French beans, and cilantro.

• Lumpia wrapper is made from a thick mixture of water and rice flour heated on a huge griddle to form a soft, round, thin sheet. It is locally called “balat ng lumpia” and is available freshly made or frozen in the Philippines. In other countries, it is called rice paper, spring roll wrap, egg roll wrap or spring roll pasty which you will usually find this in the freezer section of the grocery store.

How To Cook Filipino Food - Vegetarian+Vegan Friendly
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