16 Jan2015


Reader and commenter Greens & Blossoms was one of the guests to the mini-eyeball at the beach a few months back. She emailed me a few days after Christmas and asked if she might send something over for the holidays. I don’t often do this, but having already met her at the eyeball, I agreed and gave her my contact details… A few days later, these three green plastic containers arrived and a quick check showed they were filled with freshly made lumpia.


I assumed that they were “fresh lumpia” and bit into one immediately. It was delicious. The filling was made with chicken, mushrooms and other goodies and it was extremely flavorful. The wrapper seemed a bit thick but that didn’t stop me from popping another 4-5 (smallish) lumpia into my mouth for a late afternoon snack. The crew had a taste as well and together we finished a whole plastic container worth! I should say that other friends also send us fresh lumpia made with cooked ubod and lard before Christmas every year, so that’s why I didn’t think twice about eating these ones straight out of the containers.


A few minutes later, I typed a thank you to Greens & Blossoms and after pressing “send”, noticed an earlier email from her that I should FRY THE LUMPIA before eating them! Hahaha. Yipes. Not to worry, they were good unfried. And the next day we fried the remaining lumpia and they were indeed delicious! Many, many thanks to G&B for this wonderful homemade treat!



  1. Connie C says:

    Ha, ha, ha. I might have done the same thing too!

    But beware! we may not always be so lucky. Hubby comes home thru the kitchen door one day and gulped a coffee looking liquid in a coffee cup…..It was my bulgogi marinade…soy sauce, cooking wine, garlic , sugar and sesame oil!…too late before he realized what it was:)

    Jan 16, 2015 | 6:10 am


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  3. Greens and Blossoms says:

    Ohhhhh ehhhhmmmm geeeehhhh a thank you post!!! I almost fell off my chair when I saw this!!! Hahaha on eating it uncooked….you know better next time I send some your way….you have been so generous with us your readers and it was my little way of sharing…you are most welcome, MM- the gratitude is all of mine!!!

    Jan 16, 2015 | 10:21 am

  4. EbbaBlue says:

    Well, the insides are cooked, and the wrapper although not fried are edible too. Some little Pinoy resto here sells Lumpiang Sariwa using this kind of wrapper (which I don’t personally prefer); but you did ok, I would have done same thing. What my Tatay will say if I made this mistake ., “Laman riyan din yan, uminom ka na lang tubig, matutunaw yan!)

    Jan 16, 2015 | 5:19 pm

  5. ami says:

    Seeing the 2nd picture, I thought ‘Did MM really bit into uncooked lumpia?’.

    Jan 16, 2015 | 10:41 pm

  6. Greens and Blossoms says:

    Sharing the recipe for those who want to FRY it errrr I mean try it….I have cooked this lumpia for years and I just make “tancha” the ingredients..



    liquid seasoning or light soy sauce
    sesame oil
    black pepper, ground

    chicken breast cut into strips
    cooking oil
    garlic, crushed
    bamboo shoots sliced (canned)
    dried Chinese mushrooms, soaked in water, and sliced
    carrots thinly sliced
    cabbage thinly sliced
    liquid seasoning or light soy sauce
    brown sugar
    Cornstarch dissolved in water
    lumpia, eggroll wrapper
    cooking oil for FRYING

    mix marinade ingredients and marinate chicken meat for 15 minutes. heat oil in pan and saute garlic until brown. add bamboo shoots, mushrooms, carrots and cabbage. cook until vegetables are half done. add the liquid seasoning, salt, brown sugar and corstarch. simmer until sauce thickens. set aside and allow to cool.

    place cooked mixture in each lumpia wrapper. roll tightly. deep FRY until golden brown. serve hot with vinegar and garlic dip

    Jan 17, 2015 | 12:38 am

  7. Connie C says:

    Greens and Blosssoms: Thanks for sharing your yummy recipe. I presume you cooked the chicken with the vegetables at some point, otherwise, did MM ooops! bite into the lumpia with the uncooked chicken before he realized the lumpia should be fried?

    Jan 18, 2015 | 8:22 pm

  8. Greens and Blossoms says:

    @Connie…forgot to put in the recipe to add the marinated chicken after the garlic…yes the chicken was cooked when MM ate the “uncooked” wrapper – as the filling was cooked…if MM read my note card and the attached delivery receipt before opening the plastic container, he would read that I wrote it’s supposed to be fried :-)….I am flattered that he wanted to try it right away disregarding the thickness of the wrapper :-)

    Jan 18, 2015 | 8:58 pm

  9. peterb says:

    Thanks for sharing Green Blossoms! :) Will try this. Good enough to be eaten as is or fried. Definitely something to blog about. ????

    MM, I was wondering why the title of the post had cooked and uncooked. …until i read the entire post. Very funny!

    Jan 19, 2015 | 1:02 am

  10. millet says:

    thank you for sharing the recipe Greens and Blossoms – it sounds yummy, and i will definitely try it.

    Jan 19, 2015 | 7:44 am

  11. peterb says:

    The ???? was supposed to be a smiley!

    Jan 19, 2015 | 10:01 am

  12. Kasseopeia says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipe Greens and Blossoms!

    I understand completely why MM might mistake it for fresh lumpia; my Nanay E uses that kind of wrapper for her fresh lumpia as she can no longer be bothered to make the crepe-type one.

    Jan 20, 2015 | 2:56 pm

  13. EJ says:

    Thanks for sharing your recipe, Greens&Blossoms!

    Jan 21, 2015 | 6:06 am

  14. VickyVT says:

    Thank you so very much Greens and Blossoms for sharing your Lumpia recipe. It’s one of my fav.
    To Marketman: I was drawn to your site while I was searching for the best Ensaimada recipe. After that, I got hooked…

    More power to you and may you be happy!

    Jan 23, 2015 | 8:22 am

  15. vyke says:

    To Greens and Blossoms: Thanks very much for the Lumpia recipe; it’s one of my fav.
    To Marketman: I found your site while searching for the best Ensaimada recipe; now I’m hooked..
    May you have more happy food blogs!

    Jan 23, 2015 | 9:21 am

  16. Susan says:

    Haha, I just rolled some lumpia a few days ago and as I read this I thought that the wrapper I used would not make it “delicious” to eat uncooked at all. Glad it was good for you MM!

    Jan 24, 2015 | 12:58 pm

  17. Greens and Blossoms says:

    I was in my Saturday market stall this morning and someone bought an orchid plant and then she said to me ” are you the one that Marketman was referring to in his blog about the lumpia cooked and uncooked – I was laughing while reading it” and then we both laughed together…she said she doesn’t comment here – only reads..so if you’re reading this now, maybe you’re laughing again..

    Jan 31, 2015 | 9:31 pm


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