340gmeat alternative, I used “Impossible: Burger Made from Plants”
salt and pepper to taste
optional: ¾ of an egg
Wraps + ‘glue’
½pack of spring roll sheets cut into quarters (see Notes)
1tbspcornstarch or flour
100mlof warm water
optional: ¼ of an egg instead of the cornstarch or flour slurry
¼inchlayer of vegetable oil in skillet
Mix all of the filling ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste, and feel free to add more or less of any of the ingredients, based on your preferences. Lumpia is fun because you can freestyle it to match your preferences! If you are not vegan, adding ¾ egg allows the ingredients to stick together more coherently.
In a ramekin, whisk cornstarch or flour into warm water. This will act as ‘glue’ for your spring roll sheets. Using ¼ egg is more secure, but if you are vegan then cornstarch and water will work just fine.
Place a quartered spring roll sheet onto a flat surface (I used a plate) ensuring it is in the shape of a diamond, and not squared. Add about ½ a heaping tbsp of filling, in the shape of a log, onto the middle of your sheet. The filling should be horizontal. You’re going to fold the right and left corners in, and place them on top of the filling. Pull the bottom corner up. Do this with love and care, you don’t want to break the wrapper!
Use your finger to glide the ‘glue’ onto the top corner of the sheet, and roll the lumpia so it sits on top of the glue.
Repeat for the next ~30 rolls. Don’t worry, you will get better and faster as you practice (assemble a small pandemic-responsible team to make this process more enjoyable).
Pour ~1/4 inch of oil in a skillet on medium heat. After about 4 minutes, you can test the oil by placing a chopstick in it; if the chopsticks bubble then you’re ready to go!
Place lumpia, sealed-side down, into the skillet, ensuring they are not touching. Wait about 2 minutes, or until they are golden brown, and flip them with chopsticks or a set of tongs. Do the same on the other side and place them onto paper towels placed over a tray. The paper towels will absorb excess oil.
Serve with your choice of spicy banana ketchup, sweet and sour sauce, or good old ketchup.
If you are vegan, make sure to double check that your spring roll wrappers do not have any egg in them, as many do!