Lumpia (Filipino Pork Spring Rolls)

  • 1 package Lumpia wrappers (25 sheets); spring roll wrappers for frying can be substituted.
  • 1 Kg (~2 lbs) ground pork
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 Tbsp of finely shredded wood-ear mushrooms
  • 2 Tbsp Do chua or julienned carrot
  • 2.5 cm (1-in) piece of ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp rock sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Cut the square wrappers in half so that you have two stacks of rectangular wrappers. Keep them damp under a moistened towel.
  2. Crush the rock sugar and dissolve it in the soy sauce. 
  3. Combine the pork, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, eggs, and black pepper in a large bowl. Mix well.
  4. Place one of the rectangular wrappers on your work surface with the short edge closest  to you. Place a heaped teaspoon of the filling on the wrapper about 1 cm from the edge closest to you. Grasp the bottom edge of the wrapper and roll it up and over the filling, after 1 or 2 circles then pull the edges into and over the ends of the roll and continue to roll the lumpia  until 5 cm of wrapper remain.
  5.  Moisten the last 5 cm of wrapper and finish rolling . Place the assembled food lying on its seam to seal it. Create the rest of the rolls similarly
  6. To cook the rolls, use a large pan with about 1 cm of vegetable oil. Heat the oil over medium-high heat. Fry them in the heated oil  until golden brown , 3 to 5 minutes total ( frozen rolls,  will take a little longer).
  7. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately with a dipping sauce.

Almost any preferred ground meat can be used in this recipe
A good dipping sauce to use is a mixture of soy and chillie, sesame and vinegar or the Vietnamese Nuoc Mam.