How to cook: Lumpiang togue (spring rolls with mung bean sprouts filling)

This brings back memories of warm afternoons on the steps of the U.P. Law Library. There was this ambulant vendor who would come by almost everyday just as it was time for the traditional mid-afternoon merienda (snack) and we students would be pointing at one another as to whose turn it was to treat the rest to a lumpia snack.

Bean sprout lumpia, or lumpiang togue, as it is popularly known to the Filipinos, is so named because the bean sprout is the dominant ingredient in the filling. But that’s not really a strict rule. The proportion between the different vegetables can be changed. You can have more carrots and green beans. Or you can add more tofu and pork or some other meat. It’s all a matter of preference. Or budget. If you want to keep the cost down, then more bean sprout and less of everything else will do the trick. »

How to cook: Fried spring rolls with pork filling

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An updated version of an entry originally published in July 26, 2003.When Speedy was first learning how to make spring rolls, he'd simply put some filling across the middle of the wrapper then roll. Then, he'd fry the rolls. And we'd complain … »

Fish and coconut spring rolls

Fish and coconut spring rolls

If I remember correctly, it was in the TV show Bizarre Food where I saw a chef making spring rolls stuffed with fish fillets marinated in coconut milk and spices. I may be wrong about which TV show it was but I distinctly remember that the episode … »

How to wrap spring rolls

How to wrap lumpia (spring rolls)

You might think it's just wrapping and folding but there are a few tricks you might want to learn to make fantastic fried lumpia (spring rolls).First, you need to seal in the filling so that the juices and flavors don't drip into the cooking oil. … »

How to make: Vietnamese spring rolls

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We never go to a Vietnamese restaurant without ordering spring rolls. Between Pho Hoa and Pho Bac, I prefer the latter's spring rolls. Apart from that though, my vote goes to Pho Hoa all the way. It's always been my dream to make Vietnamese spring … »

How to cook: Lumpiang ubod (heart of palm spring rolls)

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The last time I made lumpiang ubod, my firstborn (now 15) was still a baby and we were living at my in-laws'. I had too many excuses for not making lumpiang ubod all these years -- I had no non-stick pan to make those crepe-like wrappers, it was such … »

How to cook: Lumpiang labong (bamboo shoots spring rolls)

Lumpiang labong (bamboo shoots spring rolls)

I would have made lumpiang ubod (heart of palm spring rolls) but that entails going to the market very early in the morning when the ubod is fresh and I can still specify which portion I want. But after cooking the kids' packed school lunch, by the … »

Fish lumpia (spring roll) with gata (coconut milk)

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Why fried lumpia (spring rolls) has come to be known in the Philippines as lumpiang Shanghai, I have no idea. I do know, however, that ground or minced pork is not the only good filling for fried spring rolls. Vegetables, turkey, canned tuna, … »