Beef Lumpia

Beef Lumpia Recipe (Filipino Spring Roll)

Beef Lumpia Recipe is a Filipino egg roll dish that is mixed with beef, vegetables, and sauces. Among locals, we called it Lumpiang Shanghai, which is one of the most popular street foods in the Philippines.  

Beef Lumpia Recipe (Filipino Egg Roll)
Beef Lumpia (Filipino Egg Roll)

There are varieties of lumpia in the Philippine, which could be either fresh or fried. But, in this post, we are focusing mostly on a popular Filipino fried beef lumpia. 

During my stay in the Philippines, you can find this Filipino egg roll dish almost everywhere- from street food to high-end restaurants. The first time I tried a fried egg roll was during my childhood made by my mother. It is delicious, and is commonly eaten with rice, and served with sweet or vinegar sauce.

This is so far one of the tastiest and recommended Filipino food to try. You can even find this dish in other street foods and in the carinderia- a food place where they sell and serve Filipino foods. Another name of this food is Lumpiang Shanghai which is a popular

This experience have inspired me to cook my version of Lumpiang Shanghai.

Recipe Ingredients

To cook this amazing Filipino egg roll dish, you will need several ingredients for beef lumpia recipe.

First of all, you need fresh ground beef, which is found in most large grocery stores or supermarkets. In the Philippines, most locals cook lumpiang shanghai dish using ground pork, but because I don’t eat pork, I am using beef instead,

Secondly, 3 of the most important vegetables you will need are Onion, Garlic and Carrot.

In this dish, I use a lot of onion since it will give a nice taste of the ground beef. This is my mother’s secret ingredient to make the lumpiang shanghai delicious, and she said that you will need a lot of onion. I grated the onion, and the other vegetables using the grater rather than chopping them off. This method can help make sure the vegetables are well mixed with ground beef.

Thirdly, to season the ground beef, I add soy sauce and oyster sauce. These sauces will prove the saltiness and the sweetness of this dish. For this reason, I don’t use salt or sugar. In addition to that, I added egg since this will help stick the ground beef and the other ingredients together. 

And lastly, to wrapped the lumpia, I bought a ready-made egg roll wrapper which is found in most Asian grocery stores. This is needed to wrap the ground beef mixture and make it into an egg roll. The wrapper I have is a philippine-made, however, you can find other egg roll wrappers made in other Asian countries like Malaysia.

Lumpia or Egg Roll Wrapper

Can you store the Lumpia in the Refrigerator and Freezer?

That really depends. If the Beef lumpia is already fried, you can keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 5 days. That way, the food will not spoil easily. However, if you decided to put in the freezer, the cooked fried lumpia can last up to 3 weeks. I have done this before, and the quality and texture of my lumpia is still fresh.

On the other hand, if you will store the uncooked assembled lumpia in the freezer, they can last up to 1 month. They will not spoil easier since it wasn’t cooked yet. However, this is not the same if you keep in the refrigerator. They only work if the meat or the lumpia are cooked. Also, it can be stored for only 1 day if you don’t want to wait for the lumpia to unfrozen before frying.

Can you cook frozen lumpia in an Air Fryer?

Absolutely. They work perfectly when cooking in the Air Fryer. However, it might be a bit dry since it wasn’t fried in deep oil. Air fryer doesn’t use oil so the beef lumpia is really dry but still crispy and healthier.

How do you reheat and make the lumpia crispy again?

When reheating the lumpia, you can either re-fry them using deep fry oil or in an air fryer. I highly suggest you reheat your delicious lumpia using air fryer. Since the cooked lumpia already contain oil, the airfryer will help make this delicious spring roll crispy without making it dry.

DO NOT reheat your lumpia using microwave if you want it crispy. The microwave will make your spring roll really soft.

What are the kitchen equipment / utensils you need before cooking lumpia?

For Beef Lumpia Recipe, you will need a Filter Spoon to remove the excess oil when picking the lumpia, and large pot or deep frying pan.

Also, when using cooking oil, I highly recommend using canola vegetable oil since it is healthier than most cooking oils.

How to cook Lumpiang Shanghai?

To cook Beef Lumpia is extremely easy and straight forward. Firstly, put the ground beef in a large bowl. Grate all the onion, garlic and carrot, and put it in the ground beef. Add the soy sauce and oyster sauce in the bowl, and the egg. Mix it all well.

Once they are well mixed, prepare the egg roll wrapper, and an egg white to help stick the wrapper together. Put one tablespoon of the meat filling into the center of the wrapper. Make sure in the meat filling there is 2 inches space wide.

First, fold the meat filling across the triangular end of the lumpia wrapper, and roll them from the bottom till the center. Add egg white on the upper end to help seal the wrapper. Continue rolling till you get a log shape. Add more egg white on the end edge to helpfully sealed the egg roll wrapper.

Cut each the beef egg roll wrapper into two using scissor, and put them in the container. This is what it look like in the picture below.

Beef Lumpia (Filipino Egg Roll)
A folded beef lumpia cut into two

Next step, add vegetable cooking oil in the pot or deep frying pan. Once the oil is hot, add the lumpia and let it fry for 5 minutes or till it turns golden brown. Transfer the cooked lumpia into the plate with a paper towel to help drain the excess oil. Once you are done, served with vinegar sauce or any sauce you like.

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Beef Lumpia

Beef Lumpia

Yield: 20
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Beef Lumpia Recipe is a filipino egg roll dish that is mixed with beef, vegetables and sauces.

Ingredients

  • 500 gram of Ground Beef
  • 1 cup of grated onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup of grated carrot
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoon of oyster sauce
  • 2 egg
  • Lumpia / egg roll wrapper
  • Vegetable Cooking Oil for frying
  • Salt and Black pepper

Instructions

    Add the ground beef, onion, garlic, carrot, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and egg in the bowl.

    Mix all of them together. After that, prepare the egg roll wrapper for filling the meat

    Add one tablespoon of meat filling in the wrapper. Fold them across the triangular end of the lumpia wrapper, and roll them till you get a log shape. Use egg white on the sides to help seal the wrapper.

    Prepare a cooking oil in the pot or deep frying pan. Wait till the oil is hot.

    Once it is hot, put the beef lumpia wrapper into the oil. Let it cook for 5 minutes or till it becomes golden brown.

    Once it becomes golden brown, transfer into the plate with paper towel to help drain the excess oil. Serve with sweet sauce or vinegar sauce



Notes

  • You can use egg white or water with flour for sticking the lumpia wrapper
  • Cutting the beef lumpia into two is just an optional, you can leave it that way

    Nutrition Information
    Yield 20 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 104Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 43mgSodium 149mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 8g

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    7 Comments

    1. These look so crispy and full of flavour – I can imagine I would need to make a double batch – they would be that popular with my family!

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