Tuesday 14 June 2011


There are a lot of Filipino dishes which have place names attached to them even if they have no connection to them whatsoever. Lumpiang Shanghai is one of such dishes. 

Lumpia means spring roll in Tagalog. It can be a fresh vegetable filled one or a fried one with a variety of fillings. This one is a fried mini spring roll with a mixture of pork and prawn filling. I think what the name merely means is that it is cooked in the Chinese style. 

This is a firm favourite of Filipinos and is a very popular party food. Some food trucks have also introduced this in the US where it has been warmly welcomed by the food loving public. Where there are Filipinos gathering, there would be lumping Shanghai for sure.


300 gms. pork
100 gms. uncooked prawns, peeled and chopped
1 carrot, chopped
2 bunches of spring onions, cut into thin rounds
1 clove, garlic, crushed
1 1/2 tbsps. oyster sauce
2 tbsps. brown sugar
2 tbsps. corn flour
1/2 tsp. sesame oil
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tbsp. flour mixed with 1 tbsp. water to form a paste
19 cm. x 19 cm. spring roll wrappers
cooking oil for frying


Put all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. 

Separate the spring roll wrappers. 

Put a heaping tablespoon of filling on one corner, pat into a long shape and fold over. Fold the two sides towards the center and roll. Dot the corner with the paste (made with the flour and water) and stick to seal.

Deep fry, a few pieces at a time, in hot oil for about 3 minutes until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve with sweet chilli or sweet and sour sauce (see the recipe here).

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This post is on Foodbuzz Top 9 today, June 16, 2011.

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  1. Saving this one too, I wanted to know how to make these. My husbands' cousin makes them, but I never got a chance to learn from her. I love lumpia.

  2. These look so tasty-I wish I was there to taste them. In reviewing the recipe-they look quite easy to make. Easy and delicious gets a bookmark-hopefully I can make these soon. thanks for sharing.

  3. Beautiful appetizer. I can see why these are so popular. So tasty. I would have to nibble away while cooking these up. :)

  4. mmmmm! Lovely rolls... I would eat up the entire batch. They sound so good!

  5. Adora, I can't tell you enough that you cook everything that I want to eat! I would seriously consider moving to your neighborhood for your food! I especially adore your sauce (always you make the best sauce). I love the last Lumpiang picture.

  6. Nice recipe and lovely presentation. Who can resist yummy looking food like this?

  7. Another Top 9 worthy! Your lumpia presentation is just so lovely, Adora!

  8. OMG I love lumpia! Way back when I had a Filipino boyfriend and the worst part of breaking up was not going to the family parties with the big trays of lumpia and pancit ;)

  9. wow you are making me seriously hungry with this gorgeous looking spring rolls!

  10. Yeah, we Chinese love our pork and prawns. Your spring rolls are beautiful, and beautifully presented! They look golden and crisp, and the filling looks delicious.

  11. what incredible images!! those spring rolls almost jump off the page and how I wish they would so I could eat them!!!
    they look absolutely delicious!

  12. Congrats on making the FoodBuzz top 9! I absolutely love Lumpia! I've pinned this recipe on pinterest to make for a later date!

  13. I cannot wait to make these, they look amazing & made my mouth water.

  14. Your spring rolls are fried to perfection! I love the sweet and sour sauce that goes with it as well. Congrats on Top9!

  15. Hi Adora! Congrats on your fbuzz Top 9! Well done! :D
    In SG, the very basic fried spring rolls are only with few ingredients and seasonings like : turnip, carrots, dried black mushroom, dried shrimp with light soy sauce, salt and pepper.
    I shall try the Lumpiang Shanghai! :D

  16. Oh yea! Tks for sharing your sweet and sour sauce! Usually I bought those Thai sweet chilli sauce.. :)
    Have a great day ahead! ^.^

  17. Adora, this is crunchy and delicious lumpiang. Great sauce to complete this dish. I could not be able to put down with one if I eat this.

  18. Just found your page through another recipe and saw a link to this in the side bar. I love lumpia! Most people think I am nuts or simply making words up when I talk about em. Oh they are heavenly. I do not do sea food, so mine usually end up as beef and on occasion, chicken. This one sounds very nice, but sadly I can not try it. The sauce however is so getting whipped up soon. Tonight maybe? Thank you for sharing this recipe. (The picture is awesome, by the way.) The more people hear about, and try, lumpia, the more shall be converted to lumpia lovers. There really is no other option.

  19. Hi! I made this recipe and it was good! Thank you for sharing! Some adjustments I made: lessened sugar to a tablespoon or less, added salt and pepper, and added shredded carrots (I think I saw carrots bits on the picture). :D

    1. Hi! Yes it has carrots! Sorry, I have mistakenly omitted that. Thank you for noticing. I have revised the recipe.


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