Let’s face it, we have all had a spring roll or two in our lives. To be honest, I have yet to meet anyone that has anything bad to say about these crispy wonders. While the type of filling varies from country to country, the very best recipes have one thing in common: quality wrappers.
In the Philippines, these wrappers are called lumpia wrappers. This ingredient is very popular there because they have a wide range of dishes that call for it, like Lumpiang Shanghai, which is ground pork wrapped in lumpia wrappers and then deep-fried to crispy perfection. Molo soup, on the other hand, are round meat-filled dumplings boiled in a delicious beef broth.
They also have this dish called Lumpiang Sariwa, which is a medley of vegetables wrapped in lumpia wrapper and drizzled with sweet sauce and crushed peanuts. I was instantly hooked the first time I tasted it during a visit to the Philippines, and had to bring the recipe back with me so that I could have more of this great, healthy dish.
Making it can be quite a chore. I soon learned that the secret to this dish is to make a good quality lumpia wrapper. While there are store-bought lumpia wrappers in most Asian supermarkets, nothing beats making your own from scratch, as it means you can adjust the texture and consistency, depending on your personal taste.
So buckle up because this is going to be a fascinating culinary journey into the realm of lumpia wrapper making!Continue reading