Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Authentic Filipino Dish - Lumpiang Shanghai by

Picnic with your friends and family is such a wonderful experience if celebrated with great dishes that are easy and quick to prepare. Most dishes in this category are grilled meat, fish, and even vegetables. These kinds of dishes offer a delightful taste that can be prepared and served in the picnic. Most family picnic recipes are also prepared at home. Most of which are salads, quiches, and pastries. Fried dishes are often avoided since it provides lots of fats and calories.

If you're sick and tired of the usual dishes you prepare for your family picnic. There are many options that you can take. If you often serve American dishes, why not try dishes that are very popular in other countries. Lumpiang Shanghai is one of the most popular dishes in the Philippines made with ground pork or beef, carrots, onion, and spices. Although it's a fried dish, you can always make it healthy with the use of canola or vegetable oil - rich in omega 3, and vegetable fillings. Meat products such as pork or beef are the main ingredient of this Filipino dish. Here are some of the important reminders before you buy meat product in commercial and public markets. 

How to Pick Fresh Meat

You might have heard some news about meat products being subject for inspection because of known diseases such as the 'foot and mouth' disease. With this thing in mind, you can never be too careless in choosing meat products to serve for your family. Although fresh meat is guaranteed in known markets, it's still important that you know how to pick one.

- The storage life of meat is short. By looking at the sell-by date, you'll have an idea of how fresh the meat is. If you're going to buy meat in vacuum-packed cuts, expect a longer sale period. Pork and beef have shorter sale period - 1 day for beef and 3- 5 days for pork.
- The coloring is also important in determining the freshness of the meat. Fresh ground beef is red on the outside with a purple shade on the inside. Pork is usually pale in color.
- The last thing you must do is to press the meat firmly. It should spring right back if it's really fresh.

Lumpiang Shanghai Recipe

Now that you already have fresh meat (ground pork or beef), you can proceed on preparing the other ingredients for the recipe. These ingredients easily found in the market and you won't have to worry about looking for one.


Vegetable or canola oil
2 pounds ground pork or beef
4 crushed garlic cloves
1 cup of onion (chopped)
1 cup of green onions (chopped)
1 cup of carrots (minced)
1 cup of sliced cabbage (preferably thin)
2 teaspoon(s) of salt
2 teaspoon(s) of garlic powder
2 teaspoon(s) of ground pepper
2 teaspoon(s) of soy sauce
Lumpia wrappers


- Put a large skillet or wok over high temperature and pour in 2 tablespoon(s) of vegetable or canola oil. Cook the ground pork or beef by stirring frequently until you can't see any pink coloring.
- Once you're finished with the meat, you can set is aside and drain the grease from the cooking pan.
- With a thin layer of oil coating, cook the garlic and onion for 2 - 3 minutes.
- Now you can sauté the meat with the garlic and onion. Add the carrots, green onions, and cabbage.
- Season it with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and soy sauce. Once you achieve your preferred taste, remove it from heat and set aside until it's cool enough.
- Prepare the lumpia wrappers by pealing it off from each other. It's quite a challenge so you might to apply some water on the edges to make it easy for you to peal.
- With a lumpia wrapper placed on a smooth surface, put 3 tablespoons of cooked pork and vegetable filling on the wrapper, creating a 1-inch width line that ends near the wrappers edges.
- Fold the sides along the length of the filling, tuck in both ends and roll it neatly.
- You must keep the roll tight. Seal the edge of the lumpia wrapper by moistening it with water. Once you're done with filling the wrappers, it's time for your to cover the rolls with plastic to retain its moisture.
- Heat the large pan over medium heat. Pour in the vegetable or canola oil about 1-inch depth. Fry the lumpia rolls for 2 - 3 minutes until it turns golden brown.
- After frying, you can let the lumpia rest in an oil absorbing paper or tissue. Serve while it's warm!

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