Versatility and Deliciousness: Celebrating National Lumpia Day (March 16, 2023)
By Jerick Alegarbes
Shanghai Lumpia, one of the most common and savory Filipino snacks.
It is no surprise that Filipino food has been increasing in popularity in the United States in recent years. With the rise of social media, people are becoming more aware of the types of soups, stews, snacks, desserts, and even the fast food giant Jollibee, which was recently crowned to have the ‘Best Fried Chicken in the United States’ by the US-based publication, Eater. But a certain Filipino staple still rules the hearts of Filipinos and Filipino-Americans: the Lumpia.
Lumpia is a type of spring roll that is usually filled with ground meat, vegetables, and sometimes shrimp. The filling is then wrapped in a thin crepe-like wrapper made of flour, water, and sometimes eggs, hence the name ‘egg roll’. The lumpia is then deep-fried until it is crispy and golden brown. The end result is a delicious appetizer or snack that can be enjoyed on its own or with a variety of dipping sauces.
There are many different types of lumpia, each with its own unique filling and flavor. Some of the most popular types of lumpia include Shanghai Lumpia, which is filled with ground pork and spices, and Vegetable Lumpia, which is filled with various vegetables such as carrots, cabbage, and even bean sprouts. Lumpiang Sariwa, also known as Fresh Lumpia, is a non-fried version of the dish that is wrapped in a soft, crepe-like wrapper and filled with a mixture of vegetables and meats.
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Lumpia has a long and rich history in the Philippines. The dish is believed to have been introduced by Chinese traders and immigrants who settled in cities all around the country such as the Binondo District in Manila. Over time, the dish has become an integral part of Filipino cuisine and is enjoyed by people of all ages.
March 16 has been recognized as the “National Lumpia Day” in the United States. National Lumpia Day provides an opportunity to not only enjoy this delicious dish but also to learn more about its cultural significance. Many Filipino communities celebrate this day by hosting lumpia-making contests, food festivals, and other events. It is also a great day to share recipes and cooking techniques with others who are passionate about this dish.
Lumpiang Gulay (Vegetable Lumpia)
One of the best things about lumpia is that it is versatile and can be adapted to suit different tastes and preferences. For example, vegetarians can make a delicious vegetable lumpia by using a mixture of their favorite vegetables as a filling. Similarly, those who prefer spicy food can add a few extra spices to their lumpia filling to give it an extra kick.
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To review, National Lumpia Day is an important celebration that recognizes its significance and taste. It is a day to celebrate the cultural heritage of the Philippines, as well as to appreciate the versatility and deliciousness of lumpia. Whether you are a seasoned lumpia lover or trying it for the first time, the 16th of March is a special day to indulge in this delectable and beloved dish.
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