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August 12, 2019
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Vegetable and Shrimp Lumpia

A crispy and delicious spring roll snack from China and Southeast Asia.

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine asian
Keyword lumpia, spring rolls
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16
Author S.M. Lees


Sweet Chili Sauce

  • 1/2 cup water plus 1 tbsp, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 large fresno chiles minced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tspn kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp corn starch


  • 2 large carrots peeled
  • 1/2 lb green beans trimmed
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tspn fresh ginger
  • 1 lb shrimp peeled, deveined, and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tspn kosher salt
  • 1 tspn pepper
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 cups bean sprout
  • 16 lumpia wrappers
  • egg wash for brushing
  • canola oil for frying


  1. Make the sweet chili sauce: In a small pot over medium heat, mix together ½ cup (120 ml) of water, the garlic, Fresno chilies, sugar, rice vinegar, and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and remaining tablespoon of water.

  3. Whisk the cornstarch slurry into the sauce until fully incorporated. Continue to simmer for 1 minute, or until the mixture has thickened. Remove from the heat and let cool.

  4. Make the lumpia: Julienne the carrots. Cut the green beans on the diagonal.

  5. In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes or until slightly tender.

  6. Add the garlic and ginger, and continue cooking for 2 minutes more, until fragrant.

  7. Add the carrots and green beans, and toss to combine. Add the shrimp, fish sauce, salt, pepper, and rice vinegar, and cook for 2 minutes or until shrimp is pink.

  8. Add the bean sprouts, toss to incorporate, and remove the pan from the heat.

  9. Lay out a lumpia wrapper in a diamond shape and spoon 2 tablespoons of filling onto the bottom of the wrapper, leaving about 1½ inches (4 cm) of space from the bottom point.

  10. Fold the bottom point over the filling, then fold in the edges to create an envelope shape. Roll the wrapper toward the top point. Brush the top point with egg wash and finish the roll to seal the end. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling.

  11. In a large, deep skillet, heat 1 inch (2.5 cm) of canola oil to 300°F (150°C).

  12. Carefully add 4-5 lumpia at a time to the hot oil. Fry on each side for 1-2 minutes, or until golden brown. Note: If the lumpia are cooking too quickly or burning, reduce the heat. Remove the lumpia from the oil and drain on a wire rack or paper towels.

  13. Garnish with cilantro and serve with the sweet chili sauce.


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