Sunday 20 March 2011


Lumpiang sariwa is a fresh spring roll with a mixed vegetable filling and soft flour wrapper. It is of Chinese origin and is in fact very similar to the fried spring roll (lumpiang prito) that is very much loved in Asian countries and adopted by the West. It is fresh yet with the exciting accents of crushed peanuts and if wished, spiked with fresh garlic.

This is my take on lumpia. I have injected a few new twists on our old favourite. The filling is stir fried bamboo shoots, carrots  and black fungus (otherwise known as cloud ears or taingang daga in Tagalog). I have added the garlic in the cooking process because I don't like raw garlic taste. I have also added chopped chives in the wrapper batter to give added flavour as well as an interesting speckled look.

Ingredients for the filling:

2 c. carrots, julienned
2 c. cooked bamboo shoots or 552 gm. tin of winter bamboo shoots, julienned
1 c. black fungus, soaked trimmed and shredded
1 c. firm or pressed tofu, cut into strips
1/2 c. small prawns
2/3 c. spring onions, green and white parts separated, cut diagonally
2 tsps. light soy sauce
2 tbsps. oyster sauce
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
2 tbsps. cooking oil


Heat up a wok until very hot then add the oil. Add the carrots and stir fry for 2 minutes. Add the bamboo shoots, prawns and the whites of the spring onions. Season with the oyster and light soy sauce. Stir fry for another two minutes. Add  the garlic, green parts of the spring onions, tofu and black pepper and stir fry for another minute. This is now done. Set aside and make the wrappers.

Ingredients for the wrapper:

2 eggs
1 c. corn flour (corn starch)
1 c. plain flour
2 c. water
1 tbsp. cooking oil
3 tbsps. of finely chopped chives


Whisk the flours and water together until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk again. 

Heat up a small non stick pan (medium heat). Put a few drops of oil and wipe with a paper towel. 

Pour 1/4 c. of batter into the pan and swirl to coat the bottom. When the batter sets and the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan, its done. 

Invert it onto a dish. Make the rest of the wrappers. This amount of batter makes about 14 wrappers, depending on the size of the pan you use.

Ingredients for the sauce:

1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. light soy sauce
2 c. water
2 tbsps. corn flour


Mix the corn flour with 1/4 c of the water. Caramelize the sugar in a pan. Add the rest of the water to the sugar when it becomes dark golden brown in color. Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar melts. Add the corn flour slurry while stirring. When thickened, add the soy sauce. Serve with the lumpia.

To assemble, you will also need:

round/bibb/butterhead lettuce leaves or Tagalog lettuce
crushed peanuts (1/2 c. peanuts mixed with 1 tbsp. of demerara sugar)
crushed garlic
chilli sauce

Lay the wrapper on a plate, lay a lettuce leaf on top of it and scoop out 3 generous tbsps. of filling and wrap. Serve drizzled with the sauce and sprinkled with peanuts. Serve crushed garlic and chilli sauce on the side.

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  1. I like the specs of chives. It gives another layer of flavor besides all the other flavors that of garlic, nuts, etc... it will definitely explode into your mouth YUM!

  2. The chives make the wrapping so pretty. This Lumpiang Sariwa brings back memories of my childhood when I would wait for the street vendor to come around. I would get 2 of them because they were so small. Thanks for sharing!

  3. A very chic fresh lumpia, Adora. The "tengang daga" mushroom is a great addition - you know how we love anything crunchy!

  4. I love this type of lumpia. The crunch of bamboo shoots or ubod and tengang daga, the garlic, and peanuts. I can feel fiesta inside my mouth. That is a good-looking lumpia and good job on the plating too!

  5. Love the wrapper! Now I want to make some lumpiang sariwa =)

  6. Yum yum, your bamboo shoot lumpia looks so colorful and delicious! Love how you plated it!

  7. Very stylish wrapper! I haven't had this is SO long...

  8. Lovely photos. The lumpia looks fabulous! I love the colours and the flavour combos.

  9. I've never heard of Lumpia before but it sounds and looks delicious! Would rice paper work to wrap it in or would it change the texture too much?

  10. Rice paper has a different taste. A suitable substitute is spring roll wrapper which can be bought frozen from Oriental shops. It must be eaten straight away though as it is drier than home made wrapper.

  11. That looks wonderful. Good job.

  12. I love your Lumpiang Sariwa, from the bamboo shoots & tenga ng daga mushrooms to the chives in the lumpia wrapper. Looks so elegant as well, great job!

  13. Beautiful wrapper..all vege filling, piece of heaven, Adora=) Love the pics!

  14. So artistic... I love how you take pictures. Your pictures make a huge statement and I can keep looking and looking... I am really looking forward to following you!

    Nami @ Just One Cookbook (


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