Lumpia (Shanghai version) Recipe

Originally from Chinese, lumpiang shanghai is now a popular mainstay in Filipino food gatherings and in this Pinoy’s answer to eggrolls, spring roll wrappers are filled with a mixture of meat, some vegetables, spices and seasonings. The version we have here uses ground pork, ground beef, onion, carrot, soy sauce, black pepper, garlic, salt, spring roll wrappers and oil for frying. This popular appetizer is loved by many, making this dish a hit once put on the table. Keep this recipe and roll up a dozen, a hundred, if you please, as these addicting meat-filled spring rolls keep well in the freezer and are perfect for hurried lunches or surprise visits.


  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 (16 ounce) package spring roll wrappers
  • 1 1/2 quarts oil for frying

How to cook Lumpia (Shanghai version) Recipe:

  1. In a Large bowl, combine ground pork, ground beef, onion, and carrot. Make sure to completely mix everything. I suggest getting down and dirty and use your hands. Knead the meat in the bowl if you must. Graduallyblend in the soy sauce , black pepper, garlic powder, and salt until allingredients are evenly distributed.
  2. Lay out a few wrappers at a time on a flat surface, and place about 2 tablespoons of the filling in a line down the center of the wrapper. Make sure the filling is no thicker than your thumb, or the wrapper will cook faster than the meat. Take the bottom and top edges of the wrapper and fold them towards the center. Take the left and right sides, and fold them towards the center. Moisten the last edge of the wrapper to seal. Now repeat using the rest of the wrappers, and have hubby or the kids help you out.
  3. Heat the oil in a deep-fryer or heavy skillet to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Fry 3 or 4 lumpia at a time. Fry for about 3 or 4 minutes, turning once. Lumpia are cooked through when they float, and the wrapper is golden brown. Cut in half, or serve as is with dipping sauce. We like sweet and soursauce, soy sauce with lemon, or banana ketchup.