Lumpiang Shanghai (Filipino Spring Rolls)

Lumpiang Shanghai (Filipino Spring Rolls)

Hello and kumusta, dear GG readers! A few days ago, Julie told me she was craving for some spring rolls with a great dipping sauce. Looks like Ms Lovely is beginning to develop an acquired taste for Filipino food! So I gave in. Today I am sharing with you Filipino spring rolls, Lumpiang Shanghai.



By its name it is obviously evident that it is influenced by the Chinese. Wikipedia explains that the term lumpia derives from Hokkien lunpia which is an alternate term for popiah or spring roll. The diversity of the multiple cultures that made an impact on the Philippines is great. This explains why our cuisine has a touch of either Spanish or Chinese in a number of dishes.

Start Rolling Spring Rolls

Start Rolling Spring Rolls

Lumpiang Shanghai is one of the more popular finger food in the Philippines. These are commonly served during parties and sometimes as an afternoon street food. Some roll these into long sticks. Some, short and thin or medium logs like what I did here.


Spring Rolls Ready to Fry

I remember an American colleague who always talked about this dish. She looked forward to ordering Lumpiang Shanghai when in Manila whenever possible. She’d even pop an email once in a while from the US telling she misses lumpia. Aww…



So if you want to veer away a little bit from the usual spring rolls, you can try this Filipino version. We love eating it as finger food, with rice or with pancit (noodles). The taste gets better when shared!

Lumpiang Shanghai (Filipino Spring Rolls)
Recipe Type: Snack, Finger Food
Cuisine: Filipino
Author: Alesah
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Cook time:
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Serves: 6 to 8 servings
Filipino Style Spring rolls are an authentic street food that you can recreate at home.
  • For the rolls:
  • 1 kilo ground pork or ground beef (or mixed)
  • 1 cup carrots (grated)
  • 1/2 cup spring onions (chopped finely)
  • 1 cup onion (chopped finely)
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • lumpia wrapper or spring roll wrapper
  • oil for frying
  • For the dipping sauce:
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1/3 cup vinegar (white or rice or cane)
  • 1/2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp cornstarch, dissolved in 1/4 cup water
  1. Combine pork or beef, onion, carrots, spring onions, salt, ground black pepper, garlic, and 1 egg. Mix well.
  2. Wrap about 1 – 1 1/2 Tbsp of the mixture in a lumpia wrapper to form a roll or log.
  3. Beat an egg in a separate bowl.
  4. The egg is used to brush on the last portion of the wrapper to seal each spring roll.
  5. Repeat all the steps for each roll or log.
  6. Heat the cooking oil and deep fry the lumpia until golden brown.
  7. Remove the logs and drain on kitchen paper.
  8. Serve with a sauce of your choice or with below sweet and sour sauce.
Dipping sauce
  1. To make the dipping sauce, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Heat a saucepan then pour in the mixture. Stir once in a while and bring to a boil.
  3. Pour in the cornstarch slurry and continue stirring until the texture becomes thick.
  4. Serve in a sauce dish as a dip for the lumpia rolls.

The sweet and sour sauce in this recipe is awesome. But I prepared two other sauces loved by Filipinos – ketchup and vinegar with red chillies. I have seen kids wanting ketchup as their dip. Some love the staple vinegar with chillies. Others want no dip at all! This is how GOOD this finger food is.



Just a warning though, this lumpia bears a once-you-bite-you-cant-stop seal. The crunch, the juiciness and the flavours all working well you won’t notice you are munching on one log after another. Dipping it in your favourite sauce means you are allowing yourself into the addiction zone.



Don’t even wait for a special occasion to serve this. You can make these easy Lumpiang Shanghai rolls a once-a-week item in your menu. Adults crave it, kids love it!



Thanks so much for sharing this dish Alesah!

I am being so spoiled by your cooking! I can’t wait to try this flavour.  I may have to send you some pictures of Anais and I trying to prepare this dish tonight.  I know the boys will like this as a “treat” meal.



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About Alesah Villalon

I used to chase life as one would chase targets in their calendar years. Until someone came to say, "Do more of the things that you love, and share that love with others!" Now I'm slowing down a bit.

I try to write. I try to shoot beautiful images of places I love. I try to share wholeheartedly the things that I enjoy.

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  1. Oooh yummy – all the best flavours in those little rolls! I love how crispy they look too!!

  2. YUM!!!
    I love these, you did so well!! I don’t know if mine would have been so neat 🙂 Thank you so much for the recipe I will be able to taste authentic Filipino Spring Rolls now xx

  3. Love the crunchy tasty spring rolls with lots of delicious flavours and sauces to dip. I would love this snack to go…

  4. My ex-husband spent a lot of time in the Philippines when he was a marine. After we married he asked and asked if I’d learn to make ‘lumpia’. After about a year of mentioning it every few months I gave it a go. I was young and had food bits from one end of my kitchen to the other but the rolls made him so happy. We didn’t have many good memories so thanks for reminding me of a nice one. 🙂

  5. What a great new idea for a favourite of my boys – so easy they could even make their own. This might be their Sunday night supper -thank you! Cheers

  6. These delicious spring rolls are calling my name, I haven’t tried Filipino ones before! Beautiful photos 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. Moi aussi je rêve de gouter des spring rolls comme ça ! Ta cuisine est toujours superbe ! Ici, c’est presque l’heure de manger et j’aimerais tant déguster tes spring rolls 😉

  8. Love spring rolls – it’s just the perfect snack-y party food!

  9. Yummy! These look fantastic-we love home made spring rolls as they always have so much delicious filling in them 😀

  10. Oh these look yummy indeed,I do love the crunch when they’re nice and hot!

  11. I can totally see why these are a once-you-start-you-can’t-stop food! I especially love your dipping sauce recipe, as well as the idea of serving a variety of sauces (extra fun!). Keep all this yumminess coming! 😀

  12. I just gorged on a Melbourne Cup feast but could totally go a plate of these crispy little rolls of yum. 🙂

  13. Love spring rolls and these Filipino version look like a winner.
    Have a great day Julie.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  14. mmm~~ spring rolls! No matter the nationality of food where you eat it, will always be good!
    i salivated a little… ok i lie, a lot! haha!

  15. Who doesn’t love Spring rolls! This Filipino version sounds so delicious with the different types of sauces. Only if I could have some right now with tea:-)

  16. those spring rolls look gorgeous and crunchy! i could do with a few now!

  17. There is nothing more satisfying than a spring roll! Looks fab.


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