Sunday, May 15, 2011

Our day of traveling and Cooking! (Lumpia Recipe)


Yesterday was such an adventure!  We took the Bremerton Ferry down to Seattle to make some Lumpia and Sinigang with my classmate. Things are a bit harder traveling with a baby!  But it was quite fun and challenging.  To keep a little on entertained takes a lot of preparation.  My grandma came to visit us and we decided to walk take her down to say goodbye on the Amtrak Train Station in Seattle.  The Station is is just gorgeous!  I should have brought my camera, but...my back pack was just too heavy with baby supplies!  So I did not want to really pack it in my overstuffed backpack...so all pictures were pulled off of the internet...sorry.

So I mentioned that we went to seattle to cook right?  Well, a good friend of mine came to see us at the ferry dock and we made such awesome Filipino food!  This is what we did and mind you, you can always add a bit extra of what you like!

Picture courtesy of www.edelalon.com

Lumpia Recipe
1 lb-- Ground Pork 
1/2 lb Shrimp (deshelled and minced small)
3 small/medium carrots (shredded thinly)
1/4 Cup Green Onion (minced and diced)
1/2 Cup Yellow Onion (minced and diced)
3 cloves of garlic (minced and diced)
2 Tbs of Soy Sauce
1 egg yolk (save white for sealing lumpia wrapper)
Pepper and Salt--Season to taste
1/4 Cup about Water Chestnuts (smallest can, diced and minced)
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. 
Now ready your Lumpia Wrappers and start heating up your cooking oil.
What you want to do now is start filling up those lumpia wrappers!  I put a thin line of mixture in the middle of the wrap from one edge of the wrapper to the other.    You can of course make it as thick as you want, but keep in mind that it will take longer to cook in the oil :)  
Now fold over the wrap in half to where the Meat mixture is in the middle.  Try to enclose the mixture to get any air pockets out--making it tightly bound between the wrap.
Next, roll it until you have about an inch left.  Wet this wrapper with the reserved egg whites.  The egg whites act as a glue keeping your wrapper closed! :)
After making a bunch of these, start frying until the meat is cooked and you have a golden crisp lumpia!

Lumpia Wrapper that we used. It also has its own recipe on the back as well as directions!
I think there are a lot of variations as well as eyeballing ingredients going on in our family so... keep in mind that you can add more meat or more veggies into the lumpia you make!  It is all about what will satisfy your cravings!  I would just kind of look at the meat mixture and see if you have enough onions and garlic to balance out and flavor the extra meat intake you put. ;)