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Located in Southeast Asia situated in the western Pacific Ocean, The Philippines, an imperial island country, boasts some of the not only the most hospitable, caring, beautiful (inside and out) and creative society but perhaps some of the most delicious cuisine you will ever have. 

What I love about the foodie scene nowadays is how diverse and positively susceptible it is with dishes inspired from different cultures. Chefs and many restaurants now serve a diversified menu influenced by different countries from around the world and people are embracing and loving it.

Who knew a dish I grew to love, Adobo, bringing memories of my Lola (Grandma) cutting potatoes so perfectly with the pungent yet delicious aroma of vinegar and soya sauce filling the air, would be fused into a dish at a popular chain restaurant? After many years I thought how unfortunate it was that Filipino Food was being immensely undervalued… and now it’s hitting the Gastronome scene in full force, one pata at a time. Proud is an understatement.

What else made me happy? Browsing through the aisles at Walmart during a quick grocery run and coming across Pulo Cuisine, an authentic collection of sauces and marinades inspired by the 7000 Islands of the Philippines.

Pulo Cuisine products have No Artificial Flavours, No Colours or Preservatives and are Vegan.

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I love to cook but I also do not have all the time in the world to whip up something my mom use to take her time making for a good hour to really capture the amazing flavours and aroma Filipino Cuisine is known for. And let’s be honest here (my fellow Filipino’s can agree), the way our Lola’s and Mom’s use to make it may not always be the healthiest. At least with these sauces/marinades, you can control the amount of salt, sugar, flavour that goes into your dish.

Can you believe it only took me 15 minutes to make this?

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Seriously, 15 minutes. Courtesy of Pulo Cuisine’s Coconut Adobo Sauce! All I needed was cut up chicken breast, bell peppers, snap peas and some salt and pepper. Of course you can add whatever veggies you like and replace the chicken for any other meat. With this sauce, Milkfish, seafood or pork would be a perfect substitute!

I love that on the packaging they even offer little tidbits on the origin of the sauce/marinade flavour. In this case for the Coconut Adobo, it was from Tinaga Island in the Bicol Region. See, I didn’t even know that. Geography, Culture, and Cooking all at once – my mom would be proud. 

Pulo celebrates the country’s rich food history and deep social connections created when sharing a meal – a celebration that’s at the heart of Philippine life.

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So what is Filipino Food?
Much like the culture and people, Filipino Food is a mixed cuisine of Malay, Spanish, Chinese, and American, as well as other Asian and Latin influences adapted to indigenous ingredients and the local palate.

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Filipino cuisine is distinguished by its bold combination of sweet (tamis), sour (asim), and salty (alat) flavors. While other Asian cuisines may be known for a more subtle delivery and presentation, Filipino cuisine is often delivered all at once in a single presentation.

Cooking and eating in the Philippines has traditionally been an informal and communal affair centered around the family kitchen. Filipinos traditionally eat three main meals a day: agahan or almusal (breakfast), tanghalían (lunch), and hapunan (dinner) plus an afternoon snack called meriénda (also called minandálor minindál). Snacking is normal. Dinner, while still the main meal, is smaller than other countries. Usually, either breakfast or lunch is the largest meal. Food tends to be served all at once and not in courses. Unlike many of their Asian counterparts Filipinos do not eat with chopsticks.
Due to Western influence, food is often eaten using flatware—forks, knives, spoons—but the primary pairing of utensils used at a Filipino dining table is that of spoon and fork not knife and fork.
The traditional way of eating is with the hands, especially dry dishes such as inihaw or prito. The diner will take a bite of the main dish, then eat rice pressed together with his fingers. This practice, known as kamayan, is rarely seen in urbanized areas. However, Filipinos tend to feel the spirit of kamayan when eating amidst nature during out of town trips, beach vacations, and town fiestas.

One of the most popular Filipino Dishes is Lumpia (Filipino Fried Spring Rolls).
Lumpiang Shanghai or Spring Rolls is a dish made-up of ground pork , vegetables, and spices with the mixture held together by beaten egg.
It also happens to be a favourite in this home, especially for the kids!

Here is my recipe for Lumpiang Shanghai using my new secret ingredient that really amped up the flavour! Can you guess what it is?

BAM! Pulo Cuisine to the flavour rescue!

IMG_1107Usually with Filipino Food you don’t want to mess around too much with the fantastic flavours (you don’t want to mess up an already good thing!) but I was pleasantly surprised what a delicious zest some of Pulo Cuisine’s Pineapple Tamarind brought this recipe.

Hope you enjoy!

Filipino Fried Spring Rolls (Lumpia)
Yields 50
Lumpia Shanghai Recipe is a favorite finger food by Filipinos - a dish made-up of ground pork , vegetables, and spices with the mixture held together by beaten egg.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. - 2 Packages of 20 Large Spring Roll Pasty Wrappers (Can be grabbed in the fresh section of your local grocers or frozen area of any Asian Supermarket)
  2. - 1 lb of Ground Pork (or Ground Chicken)
  3. - 1/2 lb of cooked shrimp, minced (You may omit if you like)
  4. - 1 medium onion, chopped in small pieces
  5. - 1 clove or garlic, minced
  6. - 1 large carrot, chopped in small pieces
  7. - 1 Egg for filling, 1 Egg for Egg wash
  8. - 2 Tsp of Pulo Cuisine Pineapple Tamarind Marinade
  9. - Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. 1) In a large bowl, add all the ingredients and mix together (Using your clean hands to mix is the best for this!)
  2. 2) In a separate small bowl, add the egg and stir
  3. 3) Get the oil heating at medium in a deep pan
  4. 4) Carefully pull apart a spring roll wrapper, add a good tbsp of meat filling in the middle and wrap.
  5. Seal with a bit of egg wash. Put each wrapped long lumpia roll aside.
  6. 5) When done all the rolls, cut them in halves.
  7. You may store some in freezer bags, freeze and defrost to cook at a later date. They freeze very well!
  8. 6) Add a few lumpia's at a time into the pan and cook for 5 minutes until golden brown (you can always check one when you take it out to see how cooked the inside is and adjust cooking time and oil temp accordingly)
  9. 7) Serve with Sweet Chili Sauce or Vinegar (with crushed garlic, salt and pepper) and a side of rice.
Notes
  1. As the preparation can be quite laborious, it's best to make these with someone else to make it quicker!
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 Kain Tayo! (Let’s Eat!)

Pulo Cuisine Products can be found at Fortinos, Save-On-Foods Store, Loblaws & Walmart Super Centres.

To learn more about Pulo Cuisine, visit them at www.pulocuisine.com. They are also on Facebook and Twitter @PuloCuisine.

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Courtesy of Pulo Cuisine, one of my Canadian readers can win a Pulo Cuisine Prize Package {ARV $50}.

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To enter, simply leave me a comment below telling me what your favourite Filipino Dish is.
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96 comments on “Filipino Fried Spring Rolls (Lumpia) with Pulo Cuisine + #Giveaway”

  1. I love lumpias! I tried them at Max’s and have been trying so hard to recreate them (close but not good enough). I’m going to give your receipe a try!

  2. I’ve never tried Filipino food before but my mouth is watering just hearing about all these dishes. I’m looking forward to trying some dishes out.

  3. I have never tried filipino food before but the Filipino Fried Spring Rolls (Lumpia) sounds very good and I am thinking I would like it as I like egg rolls in Chinese food.

  4. My nanny makes a fish dish that is incredible but I am not sure the name of it. her spring rolls and chicken adobo are great as well.

  5. Filipino Chicken Adobo and Lumpia! And who doesn’t love spring rolls. In Winnipeg we have the largest Filipino community per capita and we are so blessed as a City to have so many choosing to stay in Winnipeg!

  6. This is embarrassing… I do eat Filipino food probably more frequently than your average white girl (my husband’s uncle is Filipino), but I couldn’t for the life of me tell you the name of anything he’s made. He frequently cooks delicious pork dishes, and they’re amazing!

  7. Oh my gosh, Carol! What ISN’T on my top fave Filipino food list? I have to say Pork Adobo, Sinigang, Lumpia, Tortang Talong, Menudo…Ahhh…too many to list!

  8. I’m not very familiar with Filipino food but it looks awesome. I have tried a few Filipino snacks and they were delicious!

  9. I haven’t had very much Filipino cuisine, but I spring rolls are my favourite. I used to get them fresh from the Farmer’s markets.

  10. I can’t recall if I ever had any filipino cuisine, but dang your spring rolls look so good, I do eat spring rolls but I’ve never had them crispy, and I agree with Kelly pork belly is the best love it, thanks for sharing these wonderful cuisines, making me drool..lol

  11. I don’t know if I’ve ever had Filipino food, unfortunately! I would love to try to make your spring rolls recipe!

  12. I have not tried any Filipino Dishes yet but would love to expand my dishes. They sound so delicious. The springrolls look awesome.

  13. It definitely isn’t Balut. Have not tried many Filipino dishes to be honest. When I lived in Toronto, there was a Filipino fast food restaurant that had an awesome steam table set up. I tried the Sweet & Sour blood stew which was really good.

  14. To be honest I’ve never tried Filipino food ever! But those spring rolls look delicious so I would really love to try those. Perhaps it’s time to book a table at a Filipino restaurant near me?

  15. I dont believe I have ever tried Filipino food. I would def love to try although I would make this dish and all vegetarian . 🙂 thanks for chance to win .

  16. I actually don’t think that I’ve ever had a filipino dish before. I do like spring rolls, but vegetarian ones as I don’t eat seafood 🙂

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