I thought I couldn’t participate in the 20th event of Lasang Pinoy, being out of town, no cooking and all. But with my food photos in a handy external hard drive with me, I managed to find some decent photos I’ve taken months ago using my old digital camera. Voila! Lumpiang shanghai!
So lemme just list down few things about these little rolls of delight…
1. Considered party food in our household; too many ingredients and tedious to prepare.
2. I’ve made more broken rolls than good ones as a kid while assisting the ‘acting’ household chef.
3. One of A‘s all-time favorite food.
4. Here in Beijing, the thinnest wrapper I can find are round egg wrappers; they also don’t seal well with water so I carefully lower each roll into the pan making sure the folded edge is in the bottom.
6. My way of wrapping is also kinda different, something I’ve learned from a colleague back in Brunei. I’ve shown it step-by-step here; may not be the best or the proper way but sure works for me. Convenient actually, no more loose or soaked rolls that break apart easily especially when working with extra thin wrappers.
7. Check out the proper way of wrapping ‘em through Celia’s blog.
1/2 kilo minced pork
1/4 kilo minced shrimps
1/4 cup minced onion
4-5 tbsp minced garlic
1/4 cup finely chopped carrot
2 tbsp soy sauce
Salt and pepper
Lumpia wrappers (spring roll wrappers)
In a bowl, combine all the ingredients (of course, except the wrapper). Fry 1 tbsp of the mixture to check the taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
Spread 2 tbsp of the mixture on a wrapper like you are spreading peanut butter on your bread as shown below. Fold the side nearest to you towards the middle, tuck in the sides then roll firmly away from you. Seal the edge with water.
Heat enough cooking oil and fry few rolls over medium heat until golden brown. Fry about 4-5 pieces at a time. Serve right away to enjoy the crunchy wraps. Dip ‘em in ketchup but best with sweet and sour sauce.
Ingredients for Sweet and Sour Sauce:
1 cup of pineapple juice
1/4 cup of ketchup
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup of vinegar
2 tbsp soy sauce
Salt & pepper
1 tsp cornstarch
3-4 tbsp of minced garlic
1/2 cup of water
In a saucepan, mix the above ingredients and bring to boil. Simmer until the sauce is thick.