These Fried Lumpiang Gulay are the best homemade Filipino vegetable lumpia! They’re made with a delicious vegetable and tofu filling then rolled in authentic lumpia wrappers and fried until golden and crispy. Dip in garlic and vinegar or sweet chili sauce and enjoy!
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 chayote, julienned
- 1 large carrot, julienned
- 1 small sweet potato, julienned
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cabbage
- 1 1/2 cups mung bean sprouts
- 1 package extra firm or super firm tofu, drained, pressed and cut into sticks
- 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
- Optional: 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- Lumpia or spring roll wrappers
- Cooking oil
- Defrost your lumpia wrappers. If your lumpia wrappers are frozen, thaw them according to the package directions or the night before in the refrigerator.
- Sauté the onion and garlic. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of oil. Once warm, add in the onions and garlic and cook until softened and fragrant, about 2 minutes.
- Add the root vegetables. Into the same skillet, add the chayote, sweet potato, and carrot and cook until they just begin to soften, about 2 minutes.
- Add the tofu and seasonings. Once the root vegetables begin to soften, add in the tofu, soy sauce, and ground black pepper. Stir gently to combine and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
- Stir in the cabbage and bean sprouts. Gently stir in the cabbage and bean sprouts until well combined. Cook for 2 more minutes. Season with additional salt and black pepper to taste, as needed. remove from heat and drizzle with sesame oil, mix through.
- Drain the excess moisture. Transfer the lumpiang gulay filling to a colander in the sink and drain the excess liquid. Allow the mixture to cool before wrapping.
- Heat your frying oil. Fill a large, deep pot with 2-3 inches of frying oil and heat it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don’t have a thermometer, set the pot over medium-low heat to start. I like to start the heat on low and increase the heat as needed because if it becomes too hot, it will take a long time to cool down to the correct temperature.
- Fill the lumpia. Carefully peel one lumpia wrapper off of the pile and place it on a clean work surface (in a square, not a diamond shape). Place 1 ½ tablespoons of filling toward the bottom edge of the wrapper and spread it out into a long line. If you have excess filling on your fingers, wipe it on the inside of the wrapper so it doesn’t get wasted.
- Fold the rolls. Fold the edge closest to you over the filling and tightly tuck the bottom of the wrapper under the filling. Roll into a long cigar shape (similar to a vegetable egg roll). Dip your fingers into the small cup of water, wet the end of the wrapper, and roll shut making sure it sticks. As you work, place the lumpia seam side down on a baking sheet and repeat with the remaining filling.
- Prep for frying. Line a large plate or platter with paper towels and set aside. This will be used to drain the oil once the vegan spring rolls are fried.
- Test the oil. Test the oil with one spring roll and see if it is hot enough. It should take about 4-5 minutes to become golden brown. If it is a lot faster, the oil is too hot. If it is slower, the oil is not hot enough.
- Fry the remaining lumpia. Once the hot oil reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit, add about 5-8 lumpia to the oil (depending on the size of your pot) and fry the Lumpiang Shanghai for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown. Place the lumpia on the paper towel-lined plate to drain off the excess oil.
- Serve fried lumpia immediately with a dipping sauce of your choice. Enjoy!
- If the spring roll wrapper does not stick with just water, you can opt to make a cornstarch glue instead. To make this, mix 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 1/3 cup water in a small saucepan, bring to a boil over low heat, and stir often until thickened into a glue-like consistency. Allow it to cook until it is easy to handle so that you do not burn your fingertips.
- The lumpia wrappers that we use are found in the frozen section of our local Asian market. Wonton wrappers will work BUT the lumpia will look bubbly on the outside.
- To make these gluten-free, you can opt to use rice paper instead of lumpia wrappers, just as you would in Vietnamese Spring Rolls. Refer to this YouTube video for tips on how to prevent them from splattering and to ensure that you have the best possible results when frying with rice paper.
- You can keep the lumpia covered in a single layer in the refrigerator with a damp paper towel over top until ready to fry (if you are preparing it the same day) or you can freeze it for future use. To freeze it, place all of the lumpia on a baking sheet and place that into the freezer until frozen. Once frozen, transfer the lumpia into an air-tight container or bag and place it back into the freezer until ready to use
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Keywords: spring roll, fried, vegetable, snack, side, merienda