You Can Find Lumpia Wrappers Made On The Spot At This Market
The wrappers are made fresh every day.
Drop by Farmers Market in Quezon City and you'll be find yourself surrounded with dizzying choices: there's fresh seafood delivered daily, and produce and fruits that you can't find in most groceries and supermarkets (think kale, cherries, and microgreens). It's no surprise that home cooks, small business owners, and even chefs shop here. You get the best of everything you need.
But did you know you can also find a stall where fresh lumpia wrappers are made fresh and onsite every single day? Brothers Junjun, Jemar, and Leo Peñaflor wake up as early as 4 a.m. every day to make lumpia wrappers at Farmers Market, a business they learned from their sister who used to sell lumpia wrappers in España, Manila.
Lumpia wrappers are simply made from flour, water, oil, and salt, shares Jemar but it took them more than a year to perfect the process. They make a vat full of lumpia wrapper mixture and shape it by simply using their glove-covered hands. The sight is a mesmerizing one: they scoop out mixture, place a dollop of it on a custom-made surface that resembles a crepe pan. "Matagal din bago naming na-'perfect' yung paggawa," admits Jemar Peñaflor.
It takes four hours to finish cooking the whole vat and they share that they make seven sacks of lumpia wrappers daily. They have regular retail buyers and business and restaurant owners who depend on them to supply lumpia wrappers. The Peñaflor brothers are the only ones who make fresh lumpia wrappers in Farmers Market. Chef Margarita Fores, who usually takes visiting chefs on a market tour at the Farmers Market, also includes a stop at the Peñaflor stall to showcase their skills. "Nakakatuwa din na madaming bumibili," shares Jemar.
Farmer's Market is at General Araneta Avenue, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City. Open from 3 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Tuesdays to Saturdays) and 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Sundays and Mondays).