I had my first taste of the crispy fried spring rolls as a child when my Filipina stepmom made a huge batch for a family get-together. I've loved them ever since but only recently have I attempted to make my own (I would normally depend on the kindness of a good friend for my local lumpia fix). As you'll soon see, my lumpia rolling technique needs a lot of work, but I plan to get more practice in over the next few weeks.
As a reference point, I turned to a recipe for Lumpiang Shanghai from one of my favorite food blogs, Burnt Lumpia. I made a few changes for this Turkey/Shrimp version (I decided not to add ginger and opted for slightly less garlic). For this recipe, I used roasted turkey thigh meat. I'm usually more of a "white meat" gal, but for this recipe the higher fat content of the thigh meat makes it more ideal. I also decided to throw some shrimp into the mix as well-just because. In retrospect, I think I should have followed Marvin's instructions and made them a bit smaller (he suggests cutting each lumpia wrapper in half-I think I'll do that next time). The lumpia I'm used to are usually the size of cigars-don't ask me why I decided to make them larger! This recipe yielded 10 large lumpia and should yield about 20-25 smaller ones. Recipe follows after the jump...
Turkey & Shrimp Lumpia
(adapted from this recipe from Burnt Lumpia as featured on Rasa Malaysia.com)
Two roasted turkey thighs (skin removed)
1 lb shrimp (30-40 ct per pound), peeled, deveined and chopped
1 large carrot, finely diced (about 1 cup)
2 tbsp minced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tbsp chicken stock
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 pkg lumpia or spring roll wrappers (available at Asian supermarkets)
Remove the meat from two roasted turkey thighs and chop finely. Stir in two tablespoons of chicken stock (if you have turkey stock, that's even better). Set aside.
In a large skillet, saute the carrot, onion and garlic in two tablespoons vegetable oil over medium heat.
Rolling the lumpia:
Carefully remove each lumpia wrapper sheets from the package. They are delicate and can tear easily. Have a dish of warm water on hand to moisten the edges of the wrapper as you roll your lumpia. As you will see below, my rolling technique was pretty crummy but it will improve...
|...and slightly better looking lumpia. Next time, I'm making them smaller!
|Frying the raggedy lumpia
Sweet Lime-Chili Sauce
(adapted from this recipe from taste.com.au)
2 cloves garlic
¾ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 cup of white or rice wine vinegar
3 long red chilies (this added just the right amount of "oomph" for my tastes, but as always adjust to your liking)
½ red bell pepper
2½ cups sugar
1 tbsp fish sauce (I use a Vietnamese-style fish sauce for this recipe)
Halve each of the long red chilies (you can de-seed some of them if you want to reduce the heat level but I don't think you'll need to). Roughly chop the chilies and bell pepper and place in a blender or food processor. Add the garlic cloves and vinegar. Process until finely chopped.