Lumpiang itlog or Egg lumpia shanghai is the newest category of lumpia, that is filled with a mixture made with eggs, onion, carrots bell pepper, mayonnaise, pepper and salt. The above creamy eggs mixture is wrapped in a lumpia wrapper and fried in oil to make a scrumptious lumpiang egg. The best thing that this lumpia can offer you is the complimenting crispy outside with the soft and creamy inside on a single bite. Whatever filling pairs with bread will also surely be a good pairing for the crispy lumpia wrapper. The lumpiang itlog is best eaten as it is, or dipped with your favorite dipping sauce. Yum!
WHAT IS A LUMPIA?
Lumpia is one of the most Pinoy food you can ever think of. The lumpiang shanghai even won in the worldwide survey on best food snacks! While we are very proud of the lumpia, did you know that this dish is Chinese in origin?
The original lumpia was introduced to our country by the Hokkien people even before the colonial period. The lumpia got its name from its root words “lun” which means “wet, moist or soft” and “pia” which means pie or pastry. The original version of the lumpia is almost similar to the fresh lumpia we know now.
The versions of lumpia evolve through time. There we have the fresh lumpia and the crispy lumpia. The fried spring rolls version are also seen in Indonesian cuisines, wherein a lumpia wrapper is stuffed with meat and veggies and then fried.
The most common variations of lumpia includes lumpiang shanghai, lumpiang gulay/togue, lumpiang hubad, etc. Now, lumpia is one of the most versatile dish, where you can fill the lumpia wrapper with anything under the sun, and then fry it to perfection.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. But who said that you can’t have nice food while on a strict budget?
Egg is one of the most economical food items you can find in the market, and even from the sari sari store near your home. Nutrient-wise, eggs are rich in proteins, healthy fats, and vitamins B1, B6 and D. Eggs can be cooked in different ways like fried, steamed, poached and etc. One of the best dishes you can make with boiled eggs is the egg salad. This dish is consisted of mashed boiled eggs, mixed with carrots and cabbage, coated with a lot of mayonnaise.
Unlike other salads, the best way you can enjoy the egg salad is by using it as a bread spread. I was genuinely enjoying my egg salad sandwich but ran out of bread in the middle of my snack. I was a bit frustrated but I remembered a quote from one of my fave cooking vlogger Abi Marquez, that anything that you fill inside the bread, will also go well with crispy lumpia wrapper. It opened a whole new world to me, giving me new ideas on what to put inside a lumpia wrapper.
Now, lumpiang itlog has been a part of my special menu which I prepare during celebrations. It doesnt need a dip at all since the inside is already soft and creamy. If you wanna know how to make lumpiang itlog, simply read and follow the quick and easy steps below. Happy cooking!
HOW TO MAKE LUMPIANG ITLOG
Using Abi Marquez’s voice, “Do you ever wonder what happens when you put egg in lumpia wrapper?” And that is what’s gonna happen today! If you have tried any other lumpia recipes in the past, then the steps below would be as easy as eating nuts for you.
Unlike other lumpia fillings, the egg will be our main protein for today’s video. Think of our filling as an egg salad wrapped in lumpia. Eggs can be cooked in several ways. One of the easiest and effortless among those methods is boiled eggs. For this specific one, we are going to boil them, not soft, but hard. It is recommended to use a timer when cooking to make sure that your eggs are cooked as we like.
A hack when making the nicest eggs is to transfer them in an ice bath after boiling. This is to stop the cooking process and prevent the egg from cooking further. You’ll know that an egg is overcooked once it’s dry and the yolk has some green covering in it. Since we will be dealing with a lot of eggs, it’s important to know efficient ways on how to peel your eggs. You can find a lot of tiktok videos of this on the internet.
When all your eggs are ready, time to make it into our filling. What we are aiming to do is a filling similar to an egg salad. Chop and then mash the eggs using a masher or a fork. Keep calm when mashing the eggs as we do not like them too mushy or fluidy for later. Chop the rest of the ingredients nicely and then combine with the mashed eggs. Add enough amount of mayonnaise to bind all the ingredients and to make it creamy. Don’t forget to add some salt and pepper. You may also a little herbs and spices if you like.
The last step would be wrapping the lumpia wrappers with our egg filling inside and then frying them in deep oil. Since our filling is already cooked, all you need to do is to wait for the lumpia wrapper to be a little golden and crispy, and then it’s good to go! Drain all the excess oil by placing the fried ones in a strainer or paper towel.
Lumpiang ItlogCourse: Appetizer, Filipino Recipes
6 pieces eggs
1 medium onion (chopped)
green and red bell peppers (chopped)
1 carrot (chopped)
salt to taste
black pepper to taste
¼ cup mayonnaise
oil for frying
- Arrange the eggs in a deep pot and then add enough water to cover all the eggs. Allow them to boil for 8 to 10 minutes. When cooked, scoop the eggs out of the water and then set aside to cool down.
- After peeling them one by one, transfer them to a large bowl. Gently mash them using a masher or a fork.
- Add the chopped carrots, onion, green and red bell peppers and then season with pepper and salt. Add the mayonnaise and combine them well.
- Place a lumpia wrapper on a clean flat surface. Place around 2 scoops of the egg mixture on one side of the wrapper. Roll them carefully and fold the sides, securing the sides of the lumpia to prevent the filling from bursting out. Seal the edges by brushing it with egg whites or water. Do the similar steps with the rest of the ingredients.
- Heat a lot of oil in a pan using medium heat. Fry the lumpia by batches, until golden brown. Do not overcrowd the pan. Flip the lumpia to cook the other side. Once golden in color, transfer them to a strainer or paper towel to drain excess oil.
- Transfer the lumpiang itlog to a serving plate. Enjoy this together with your favorite dipping sauce, either as a snack or as a rice topper. Yum!