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How to cook Lumpia Shanghai

A recipe I know all Filipinos are proud of! Lumpia Shanghai type is a type of egg roll, except it’s mainly filled with meat. You could use pork or beef or both!

Lumpia Shanghai Recipe is a favorite finger food by Filipinos, influenced by the Chinese and originally called lunpia; it is a type of egg roll filled with meat. This is a very popular dish at most celebrations like weddings, birthdays, family reunions, and New Year’s Eve; it is made-up of ground beef, pork or chicken, minced garlic, onions, chopped carrots, and some spices and best combined with sweet or sour sauce. It is easy to make and so tasty and a very addictive appetizer, in fact most of the time this dish always disappear first for the simple reason that it is so good!

It’s a yummy Filipino dish and great to serve as finger food in all occasions.

lumpia shanghai recipe

Lumpiang Shanghai Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kilo ground pork
  • 1/2 kilo ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1/8 cup soy sauce
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 (16 ounce) package spring roll wrappers
  • 1 1/2 cups Canola oil for frying

lumpia shanghai recipe

Lumpia Shanghai Instructions:

  • In a Large bowl, combine ground pork, ground beef, onion, scallions, brown sugar and carrot. Make sure to completely mix everything. I suggest getting down and dirty and use your hands. Knead the meat in the bowl if you must.
  • Gradually blend in the soy sauce , black pepper, garlic powder, and salt until all ingredients are evenly distributed.


  • Tip : To know if the taste is according to your liking just get  a 1 teaspoon size meatball, then fry it, once cooked check the taste and adjust the saltiness of the meat mixture.


  • Lay out a few wrappers at a time on a flat surface, and place about 2 tablespoons of the filling in a line down the center of the wrapper. Make sure the filling is no thicker than your thumb, or the wrapper will cook faster than the meat.
  • Take the bottom and top edges of the wrapper and fold them towards the center. Take the left and right sides, and fold them towards the center.
  • Moisten the last edge of the wrapper to seal. Now repeat using the rest of the wrappers, and have hubby or the kids help you out.
  • Heat the oil in a deep-fryer or heavy skillet to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Fry 3 or 4 lumpia at a time.
  • Fry for about 3 or 4 minutes, turning once.
  • Lumpia are cooked through when they float, and the wrapper is golden brown.
  • Cut in half, or serve as is with dipping sauce. We like sweet and sour sauce, soy sauce with lemon, or banana ketchup.

lumpia shanghai recipe

Lumpia Shanghai Recipe is the all time Filipino favorite finger food for all occasions.

lumpia shanghai recipe



1st published : December 22, 2007

updated: June 12, 2014

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13 Responses

  1. Sheryl An Mungcal

    September 9th, 2014 at 10:03 pm


    the best talaga ang lumpiang shanghai,.

  2. Butch

    September 11th, 2014 at 4:50 am


    I hope I can get more simple recipes that are great tasting and economical. Thank you.

  3. Lynne B

    October 18th, 2016 at 5:47 pm


    Yum on everything! I’d just leave out the brown sugar because I don’t like my lumpia sweet. Thanks for the recipe.

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