Singapore Popiah Recipe
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Singapore Popiah Recipe (Fresh Spring Rolls)

Popiah is usually made up of julienned vegetables such as stir fried turnip, carrots and beansprouts along with the occasional egg
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Singapore
Keyword: Fresh Lumpia, Fresh Spring Rolls, Popiah
Servings: 6
Calories: 188kcal
Author: Ed Joven


  • 2 tablespoons crushed chilli flakes or 6-8 red finger-length chillies deseeded and ground
  • 8 cloves garlic crushed with a little salt
  • 4 tablespoons Tim Cheong or Kecup manis
  • 6 large lettuce leaves
  • 1 small cucumber peeled and finely shredded
  • 100 g 2 cups beansprouts
  • 1 cake tau kwa pressed tofu 100g(3 1/3 oz), deep-fried until golden, diced
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs peeled and chopped
  • 2 lap cheong simmered 3 minutes, thinly sliced


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 small onion halved, thinly sliced across
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 teaspoons tau cheo salted soy beans
  • lightly smashed 100 g 3 1/3 oz pork loin,
  • very thinly sliced 100 g 3 1/3 oz prawns, peeled, heads removed
  • 250 g 8 oz boiled or canned bamboo shoot, finely shredded
  • 1 bangkuang (300g / 10 oz), finely shredded
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper


  • 125 g 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 300 ml 1 1/4 cups water
  • 5 eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • Note: Tim cheong or sweet black Chinese sauce, is a fragrant sweet sauce used in many marinades and sauces; substitute kecup manis, a sweet soy sauce.


  • To make the Wrappers, place the flour, salt and water in a bowl and mix to form a smooth batter.
  • Then add the eggs and mix well. Heat a 20-cm (8-in) skillet, add 1/2 teaspoon of the oil to grease the skillet. Add 1/2 cup (125 ml) of the batter and swirl the skillet to spread the batter in a thin layer.
  • Cook over moderate heat until the batter sets, about 30 seconds. Flip the batter and cook on the other side for a few seconds. Remove from the skillet, place on a serving plate and cover with a damp cloth. Repeat to make 10 Wrappers.
  • Heat the oil for the Filling in a wok or saucepan. Stir-fry the onion and garlic over low to moderate heat until soft, about 2 minutes. Add the tau cheo and stir-fry 1 minute. Increase the heat, add the pork and stir-fry until it changes colour, about 1 minute. Add the prawns and stir-fry 1 minute, then add the bamboo shoots, bangkuang, soy sauce and pepper.
  • Stir the mixture and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes, until cooked through. Add 1 tablespoon of water if needed. Transfer the cooked mixture to a bowl and allow to cool.
  • To serve, transfer the Filling and Wrappers to the dining table. Place the chilli, garlic and sweet black sauce in small sauce bowls on the table. Arrange the lettuce leaves, cucumber, bean sprouts, tau kwa, boiled eggs and lap cheong on a large plate.
  • Smear one side of a Wrapper with chilli sauce, garlic paste and sweet black sauce.
  • Add half a lettuce leaf, some of the Filling, cucumber, bean sprouts, tau kwa, egg and lap cheong. Tuck in the sides of the Wrapper and roll it up. The Popiah can be sliced into 3-4 pieces if preferred.
  • Repeat to make the rest of the Popiah.


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Serving: 140g | Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 676mg