We had a great Sunday at church yesterday morning. Powerful praise and worship. Most of all, listening to the word of God through our Pastor’s preaching – always the best part! So glad to also see some wonderful friends as well.
After the service, we headed out to Ate Nelda and Kuya Mike’s residence to have a lunch fellowship with friends and also a celebration for seeing Ate Rose and Irish again. They are now both residing in other states. So, we won’t be seeing them back for a while. Many thanks to Ate Nelda and Kuya Mike for opening their home for us and for all the delicious (masarap) food they prepared. It was a fun-filled and such a beautiful day.
Have you ever been to a Filipino get together? If you did, then you already know that we love to eat, laugh a lot, talk a lot, and sing karaoke, hahaha. If you haven’t yet, now you know, lol!
Lately, I’ve been craving Filipino Food (Filipino Cooking). I feel like I don’t have the appetite of eating Non-Filipino food. I’m sure there’s a lot of you out there who can relate to this. It’s not just the Filipinos but also other races. We always crave for our cultural food. Just to be honest, I crave for it every single day. I had some friends who asked me about how many times I eat rice on a daily basis? Ahhhhhhh, my answer would be “three times a day”. There are also days that I missed eating rice, but I feel incomplete. Look, food is part of our culture. Just like rice is part of my culture. As a Filipino, it’s hard to have a meal without rice. I’m just being honest.
It’s not like every day though that I cook Filipino food. My children are Filipino-American (Half Filipino-Half American or FIL-AM), and they are very picky. My youngest one is not as picky as my Eldest one. However, he likes to copy his big brother. I’m sure all moms know what I mean. They eat rice and sausages but not the egg. I love eggs!
We just don’t make eggs, sausages and rice for breakfast though. It really depends on the person. Growing up, living in the province with my family, we barely had sausages before. Eggs, rice and fish are the common basic breakfast. I miss those days! And yes, we Filipinos eat rice three times a day. We love rice!
In the Philippines, we called the egg rolls “Lumpiang Shanghai”. It is a deep fried appetizer consisting ground meat ( pork, beef, or turkey – depends on you ). The main stuffing is the ground meat, added with chopped onions, carrots and chopped garlic if you want, salt and pepper. Once cooked, it is commonly served with sweet and sour sauce. It’s yummy!
2 lbs ground beef or pork
1 large onion finely chopped
1 large carrot peeled and shredded
1 cup parsley chopped
Minced garlic ( the amount you will add depends on your preference )
Spring Roll wrapper / lumpia wrapper
Salt ( for tasting )
Pepper ( depends on your preference )
2 tbsp soy sauce
In a bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
Lay out the wrapper in a diamond shape. Place 2 tbsp of the mixtured filling over a piece of spring roll wrapper / lumpia wrapper.
Spread the filling then fold both sides of the wrapper. Roll the wrapper towards the top point. Seal it with a little water rub on the tip point of the wrapper.
HOW TO COOK:
Heat a frying pan and add vegetable oil ( you can use canola oil if you want ). Make sure the oil is about 350 degrees.
Add egg roll / lumpia rolls and let it cook until it’s golden brown.
Place the cook egg rolls / lumpia rolls on your prepared dish and let it cool a little bit. Serve it with the sweet and sour sauce.