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Filipino Shanghai Lumpias Recipe


Every person I’ve met that finds out that I’m from the Philippines has always asked me this one question:  “Do you know how to make those delicious egg rolls?”  Why… yes, I do and now you can too! This is the recipe my family has used for years and I’m going to share it with you.Shanghai-Lumpia-Recipe-Pinterest

Filipino Shanghai Lumpias Recipe

There are many different versions of these egg rolls and it usually varies with nationality.  We all like to add our own little “spin” on this recipe.  My family’s recipe calls for all three of the following: beef, pork, and shrimp.  However, you can make an all beef egg roll, all pork egg roll, or a mixture of beef/pork.  Whichever you choose, I promise it will still be delicious.

The Ingredients

  • 1 lb of lean ground beef (at least 80/10 ground beef)
  • 1 lb of ground pork
  • 1/2 lb of shimp (peeled, any size)
  • 1 medium onion (cut into cubes)
  • 3 sticks of carrots (peeled & chopped)
  • 4 sticks of celery (chopped)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 package of egg roll wrapper
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sweet Chili Sauce
  • Oil


Make sure all the meat is completely thawed as you won’t be able to effectively mix the ingredients together if any of the meat is frozen

Cut the carrots, onion, and celery into smaller cubed pieces to fit in your food processor to allow it to be finely ground

Separate each sheet of egg roll wrapper and keep them moist by placing them on top of a moistened paper towel and covering them with another moistened paper towel.  This will prevent them from hardening.  Once a wrapper gets hard, you won’t be able to wrap them as they will chip off

Prepare the egg white – separate the egg yolk by puncturing a small hole on the tip of the egg and letting the egg white drain out onto a small dish.  You will need this to seal your egg rolls when you wrap them



Using a food processor, finely grind the shrimp and place into a large bowl with the beef and pork.  Afterwards finely grind the cut carrots, onions, and celery and combine it with the meat.  (see pictures below) Season with salt and pepper and mix them together in the large bowl.

It’s easier and more effective to mix everything with your hands

  • I usually like to test a small amount by frying it in a pan and adjusting the mix by adding salt and pepper

Once you’ve seasoned the meat as desired its time to wrap them.  This is usually the hardest part for most people and its actually the most important.  You will need to get a tight wrap so that the egg rolls don’t come undone when you cook them.

  • Start by placing an egg roll wrapper squarely in front of you and about 1 inch from the bottle of the wrapper, start placing the meat in a horizontal line across the wrapper.  Allow about half an inch from the sides of the wrapper to prevent the meat from spilling out when it expands during cooking
  • Make sure you do not make the meat so thick as it will mean longer cooking time and more oil that could result in burning the outside of the egg roll and ruining a great presentation
  • Begin rolling the wrapper by folding the end closest to you over the meat and pressing down to tighten the wrapper around the meat, freeing any air between the wrapper and the meat.  Continue to roll the wrapper upward stopping about an inch from the top.  Using your fingers, add egg white at the remaining end of the wrapper and finish rolling to the top.  Place rolled egg rolls on a plate so that they lay with the “end” of the wrapper on the bottom to ensure the egg whites seal each egg roll.

Add the oil into a large sauce pan (at least 12″) and heat using medium settings (too hot will cause the egg rolls to burn easily without cooking the inside completely).  Place a metal strainer inside a large mixing bowl to place cooked egg rolls in to cool and let oil seep out.  Place egg rolls in pan and cook each side until golden brown.  Cut each egg roll in half and place onto a serving dish.  Pour sweet chili sauce in a small dip dish and serve 🙂


Have you tried this Filipino Shanghai Lumpias recipe? I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below & thanks for visiting! 🙂

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Wife, Stay at Home Mom of two boys, and blogger. Friends and family call me Kaye but my personal favorite is "Mom." I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to be at home with my two baby boys. As an engineer by career, and stay-at-home mom by choice, I write about how to “Invent. Innovate. Design. Mommyhood” and what that entails.

  • Candy

    This looks so delicious and yummy

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  • Jaclyn Anne

    Thank you for the recipe! I have never had Lumpias before but they looks amazing, I will have to try them ASAP.

    • Mommy Engineering

      you’re so welcome!

  • tara pittman

    You make this look so easy. I have to make these.

    • Mommy Engineering

      it is easy! You can totally do it!

  • Kendall Rayburn

    Oh, man – these look incredible! I’ve never had one before but you’re really making me want to try this recipe at home. I think my husband would love it, too! Yum-Yum-Yum!

    • Mommy Engineering

      Definitely need to try them! You will love them!

  • Terri Steffes

    I haven’t tried this but it is exactly the kind of food I love. You made it sound so easy and I know I will give these a try!

    • Mommy Engineering

      It is easy and I know you can make them! You’ll love it!

  • Liz Cochico

    This looks yummy and crunchy. This is one of my family’s favorite, so I make this often.

    • Mommy Engineering

      That’s so good to hear! <3

  • Amanda

    Thank you for the recipe. This looks amazing and I’ve never tried it before! Will be pinning this to try one night next week!

    • Mommy Engineering

      Hope you enjoy them!

  • William Sweeney

    This looks amazing!! I don’t think I have ever had Lumpias before!! I love trying new food from other countries!

    • Mommy Engineering

      It’s crazy to think you haven’t! You must try it! You will love it!

  • Mrs. AOK

    I LOVE LUMPIA!! I haven’t had it your way, but I know I’d love it your way, too. 🙂 Pinning this for later.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Mommy Engineering

      haha so glad you love it! <3

  • Louise Bishop

    I’ve never heard of or seen these before! They look like something I could easily fall in love with!

    • Mommy Engineering

      and most do! <3

  • Veronica

    This is a perfect snack for a party! My hubby and his friends would definitely like this.

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  • Kim

    These look so good and something I’d never think of trying. I think my family would be interested in trying it too! Yum.

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  • Nicole Escat

    Oh my goodness! This is my favorite shanghai, bookmarked this.

    • Mommy Engineering

      thanks for saving it!

  • jill conyers

    I love the way you separated the yolk from the egg white. Great kitchen hack.

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  • karen

    This looks so delicious! I have never tried spring roll shells so could be a fun challenge for me to try!

    • Mommy Engineering

      You’ll love the crisp ! So good!

  • Jaime

    Lumpias are my FAVORITE! I have never been able to get mine in that beautiful, long shape you make them! Haha but I also leave out the shrimp because I am allergic but oh man, I am craving some right now!

    • Mommy Engineering

      Just a little practice and you’ll be making them perfect each time for sure!

  • Amanda Love

    This is awesome for dinner or for serving at parties. I love that it’s easy to make and that dip really adds flavor! I’m sure the kids will love this too.

    • Mommy Engineering

      it’s a party winner! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Jessica

    These look so delicious! They also look like something I could easily make, love it!

  • Reesa Lewandowski

    Lumpia is one of my favorites! Thanks so much for sharing how I can make it.

    • Mommy Engineering

      You’re so welcome! Thanks for visiting Reesa!

  • Brittany

    Yum! This looks really good and not too complicated either!!

    • Mommy Engineering

      not at all hard to make! Thanks for visiting!

  • Amanda

    These look amazing!!! I have never tried Lumpia, but I think it is time. Yum!

    • Mommy Engineering

      You are so missing out! Lumpias are so good! You can’t just have 1.. or 10 haha!

  • Rebecca Bryant

    these look delicious. I may need to make this this weekend they look so good.

    • Mommy Engineering

      They are! You’ll love them!

  • Cricket Plunkett

    My roommate in college’s mom always made these! I’ll have to try them myself one of these days!

    • Mommy Engineering

      You should! You might have to surprise her with them! <3

  • AnitaCuisine

    this look crunchy and delicious !

    • Mommy Engineering

      And they absolutely are!

  • Geri Sandoval

    This recipe is awesome, my family is going to love to. Thanks

    • Mommy Engineering

      That’s great Geri! Thanks! Let me know how your family likes it!

  • Sandra Watts

    They would make a great appetizer to try out with my son. I bet he would love them. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Mommy Engineering

      You’re so welcome Sandra!

  • John Smith

    I have been looking for a good Filipino Shanghai Lumpias recipe.

    • Mommy Engineering

      You’ll love this one! Let me know how you like it!

  • Tereza

    I’ve never heard of these before but they look delicious – and so much fun! Like bread sticks filled with meat, how could you not love that haha! x

    • Katriza

      Exactly! How could you honestly go wrong? LOL Hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Jerry Marquardt

    Your Filipino Shanghai Lumpias Recipe looks especially yummy I will be making this over the coming weekend, it looks so delicious

    • Mommy Engineering

      Hi Jerry!
      Thanks! They are usually a winner at all our parties and I know you’ll love them too!

  • Ana De Jesus

    Ooh egg rolls you can count me in. I would love to try traditional Fillipino food and see whether I like it or not. If it is spicy and has flavour I am down for that x

    • Mommy Engineering

      This is loaded with great flavor Ana! I know you’ll love it! Let me know how it turns out when you do! Thanks for visiting!

  • Linda Szymoniak

    I’ve been trying to make dishes from different countries. I haven’t begun looking for Fillipino recipes – yet – but this gives me a great start. I definitely need to make these! They look delicious!

    • Mommy Engineering

      Hi Linda!

      They are delicious! Just be careful, they tend to be a hit at all parties so you’ll have to make a ton! (especially with little kids around! it’s like candy to them haha!)

  • Rosie

    I’ve never seen a recipe for Filipino Shanghai Lumpia before! These sound so good and good for you, too. I’d love to try this!

    • Mommy Engineering

      Hi Rosie!

      It’s definitely a filipino favorite! It’s not too hard to make! Hope you give it a try!

  • Southernpixie

    I have never had Filipino food, but I’m always willing to try new things. This looks delicious!