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lumping gulay vegetable spring rolls

Lumpiang Gulay (Filipino Vegetable Spring Rolls) with Sweet Chili Pink Vinegar

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“Lumpia” or spring roll is a staple in Filipino cuisine. There are different variations like Lumpiang Ubod (Heart of Palm Spring Rolls) and Lumpiang Togue (Beansprout Spring Rolls) but they’re all cooked in the same way by being wrapped in flour wrappers before being fried to a crisp and dipped in a vinegar-based dipping sauce. These Lumpiang Gulay are filled with a mix of cabbage and a few other vegetables. I love using cabbage or repolyo in Filipino, because of its crunch and sweet note. These are delicious as a snack or even enjoyed with some rice!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Asian, Filipino
Servings 12 rolls
Calories 50 kcal


  • 12 pieces flour spring roll or lumpia wrappers mine were 8.5” squares, thawed into room temperature
Sweet Chili Pink Vinegar (see recipe below)
Neutral oil, for frying

Vegetable Filling

  • 1 tbsp neutral oil
  • 1 small red onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 5 cups (500g) shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup (120g) shredded carrot, from 1 medium carrot
  • 150 g green beans or bitswelas ends and veins removed then thinly sliced
  • 1 (80g) small red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 (80g) small green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce or to taste
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper

For Cooking

Sweet Chili Pink Vinegar

  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp organic cane sugar adjust depending on
desired sweetness
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 1/4 tsp crushed black
  • 1 fresh bird’s eye chili sliced


Preparing the Filling

  • Heat a large pan or wok over medium high heat. Once hot, add in oil then sauté the onion, scallions, and garlic. When cooked, add in the carrots. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes over high heat until tender. Afterwards, add in the rest of the vegetables and cook over medium high heat. Mix occasionally to ensure the veggies don’t burn and stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • Add a splash of water to cook down the vegetables, if added. Season with the soy sauce, salt, and pepper. Mix well and cook for another 3-4 minutes over medium heat until cooked through and water from the vegetables have evaporated.
  • Taste the filling and feel free to adjust the seasoning according to your desired flavours. Turn off the heat and transfer the filling to a bowl. Set the filling aside and leave to cool for a few minutes.

Wrapping the Spring Rolls

  • Prepare the wrappers by carefully separating them from one another. Make sure they’ve been thawed and are at room temperature. This way, they’re pliable and won’t easily break. Prepare a small bowl of room temperature water as well.
  • You can watch the video below on how to wrap spring rolls.
  • Add in 2 tbsp* of the filling on the bottom of the wrapper. Slowly roll to the top then fold the sides before continuing to roll to the top and sealing the edge with water.
  • *Note: the amount of filling to place in each will depend on the size of your wrappers

Cooking the Spring Rolls

  • Heat a deep frying pan over high heat with oil enough to submerge at least half of the spring rolls. Once hot, place a few rolls. Cook over medium high heat.
  • Flip after 2 minutes or until golden brown to cook the other side. Once both sides are golden brown, remove from the oil. Transfer the rolls on a strainer or on a plate lined with some paper towels to drain any excess oil. Do not turn off the heat until all rolls are cooked and have been removed from the pan, to ensure they won’t absorb the oil.
  • Let cool for a few minutes. Do not cover the spring rolls or stack them on top of one another while still hot, so they stay crispy. Enjoy the rolls while hot and dip in some vinegar!

Baking Option

  • You can also bake the spring rolls by brushing the rolls with some oil before placing them on a lined baking tray and baking them in the oven for 40 minutes at 400F, flipping halfway through. They will of course not turn as evenly golden brown and juicy, but still very crispy!

Sweet Chili Pink Vinegar

  • Add the white vinegar, salt, and sugar in a bowl until the sugar is diluted. Add in the rest of the ingredients.
  • Enjoy as a dipping sauce! You can store this at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks (or even longer!).
    The onions will continue to absorb the flavours and also release its pink colour.



Serving: 1piece | Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 128IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
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