Yesterday, we invited our friends over for a housewarming party. When I planned the shindig, I forgot it was a holiday weekend, so not everyone could make it, but I’m so happy my friends who could make it, did! We decided to make some Filipino food – lumpia and pancit.
Lumpia is a type of Filipino eggroll. If people know I can make lumpia, that’s usually requested for parties, but it is time consuming.
First, you have to cook your meat and vegetables. You can use pork or beef. Personal preference, I like beef best. Usually one package of beef per one package of lumpia wrappers, which we buy from the oriental store in the frozen foods section. The vegetables we often use are cabbage and carrots. For flavor, you can add garlic and spice to taste for added flavor.
So you have to brown your ground beef and then add the vegetables.
Mix all the goodies together and add soy sauce, salt, and pepper, again to taste. Once all of that is cooked up, we put the meat and veggies in a strainer to drain and cool. We drain it because the lumpia wrappers are very thin and break easily.
Once the meat and veggies have cooled, you can start the tedious process of wrapping the lumpia.
Then I roll. And roll. And roll. We made about 94. I rolled about 74 of them. Right before closing the roll, I use water to seal the lumpia wrapper.
Next: to the danger zone. Hot oil. I place the lumpia seam down in the oil.
I haven’t really written much lately and unfortunately, I haven’t been cooking much either. My mother is about to take a trip to the Philippines and has been cooking for us. Soon, I shall have to start practicing the art of cooking again!