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Cheap and Easy Recipes: Lumpia

Lumpia is a Filipino recipe, usually served as a snack or with a main course. It’s similar to a spring roll, although people often mistake it as an egg roll.

Lumpia // Photo by James Egaran

I am of Filipino descent and I grew up eating this dish.  None can compare to my mother’s recipe. This recipe belongs to her and what sets it apart from others is the simplicity.

There’s no complicated cooking process, no special ingredients and the ingredients are affordable. All you need is basic food prepping and cooking skills. I also enjoy the social aspect of lumpia. Sitting down with family to chop up vegetables and wrapping them up makes the dish more sentimental.

The beauty of this recipe is there is no wrong set of ingredients. You can add any vegetables you want or keep it vegetarian, just be sure to keep cilantro in your mix.


Julienned vegetables // Photo by James Egaran

3 large carrots

4 celery stalks

about 4 cups of bean sprouts

1 bunch of cilantro

1 pound of ground beef

1 package of lumpia wrapper

1 garlic clove

¼ cup of soy sauce

½ tablespoon of olive oil



Step 1: Julienne cut carrots and celery. Chop up cilantro.

Step 2: Cook and brown ground beef with garlic and soy sauce in the olive oil, set aside.

Step 3: In the same pan or pot, half cook carrots, celery and bean sprouts

Step 4: Turn off heat and mix in ground beef and cilantro, remove from pan or pot in a large bowl and let it cool down.

Step 5: after filling is cooled down, get your lumpia wrapper and wrap it

Lumpia // Photo by James Egaran

Step 6: Heat about 2 tablespoons of good olive oil in pan on medium-low heat. Fry on sides until golden brown. Let it cool.

Lumpia // Photo by James Egaran

After it cools, enjoy it with your favorite dipping sauce. My go to is sweet chili sauce which you can find at the oriental markets.

You can get the lumpia wrapper at these oriental market stores in Bellingham:

Asia Oriental Market

2408 Meridian St. 

West Coast Oriental Grocer 

4056 Guide Meridian 




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