Lumpiang Sariwa Recipe
This lumpiang sariwa recipe proves that healthy can be delicious!
The lumpiang sariwa is a favorite Pinoy merienda or snack. Sariwa means fresh in Filipino, which is what this classic lumpia roll embodies. The soft wrapper, the crunchy green beans, the firm tofu, the flavorful pork, the creamy sweet potatoes, and the sweet carrots create a variety of textures that make for delightful bites. Plus, these flavors come together with the sweet, nutty peanut sauce that's topped with crunchy roasted peanuts and most importantly, the finely minced and spicy garlic.
Tips on How to Make Lumpiang Sariwa
- 1 Make the lumpiang sariwa filling ahead of time. Making the whole recipe all in one go can be tiring, so dividing up the components can be a great way to make the process more manageable. You can cook the lumpia ingredients for the filling a day before, and simply reheat before wrapping. To store the lumpiang sariwa filling properly, let it cool completely at room temperature before sealing and refrigerating overnight.
- 2 Replace pork with tofu for a meatless option. If you prefer to keep this fresh lumpia vegetarian, you can replace the ground pork with tofu. The recipe below notes adding the tofu last, but if you want to create more texture, you can lightly toast the tofu in the pan first, take it out, proceed with cooking the other veggies, and then add in the toasted tofu. This step can also add some depth of flavor to your filling.
- 3 Drain excess liquid from the filling before wrapping. This step is vital so that you won't end up with soggy lumpiang sariwa rolls. After cooking (or reheating, if you made it ahead), transfer the filling into a strainer and let any excess liquid drip. This also helps the lumpiang sariwa keep longer in case there are any leftovers.
- 4 Consume within four hours of wrapping. Lumpiang sariwa has a very short shelf life in general. It is made with lots of perishable vegetables and tofu that can go bad very quickly if not refrigerated, or if the wraps are too moist. As the name implies, lumpiang sariwa is best eaten fresh!