Lumpia has long been one of the popular viands that Filipinos serve – no matter if it’s during fiestas, birthdays, or even during any regular day at the dining table.
With the upcoming 3-day Filipino Food Festival here in the UAE taking place at Rove Trade Centre Hotel from April 4-6, organized by the Philippine Consulate-General in Dubai and the Northern Emirates and The Filipino Times, here is the list of the lumpia recipes you should know by heart – some of which, you’ll get to enjoy at the festival!
Lumpiang Sariwa. This type of lumpia deviates from the usual fried version that most people are familiar with, however – this dish has also earned its place as a favorite and must-haves on the table with its combination of fresh chopped up vegetables and its signature peanut sauce.
Lumpiang Shanghai. The classic version of lumpia that everybody loves, this dish is known for its meaty, juicy goodness covered within the thoroughly fried lumpia wrapper. The lumpia is usually paired with either vinegar or the infamous sweet and sour chili sauce to give that counterpoint in taste.
Turon. Popular on the streets of the Philippines, this snack is created by using the lumpia wrappers in wrap around sliced bananas drizzled with brown sugar and/or white sugar. The snack is then deep fried until it’s crispy, resulting in a simple yet sweet snack / dessert dish. Many restaurants in the Philippines and abroad took a step further and deconstructed the Turon, adding in several more ingredients like Langka, chocolate syrup, and ice cream to form what’s now known as: “Turon ala Mode”.
Highlighting the Philippines’ rich culinary experience, the event coincides with the celebration of the Filipino Food Month this April, instituted by President Rodrigo Duterte through Presidential Proclamation no. 469 s. 2017.
Filipino Food Festival: All you need to know
What: Filipino Food Festival – a celebration of Philippine cuisine
Where: Rove Trade Centre Hotel, Dubai
When: April 4-6, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Who: All Filipinos and expats are invited to attend. The festival is organized and spearheaded by The Philippine Consulate General in Dubai and the Northern Emirates and The Filipino Times, UAE’s biggest Filipino newspaper and the largest digital platform for Filipinos in the Region
Manila-based Chef Michelle Adrillana will be bringing signature Filipino dishes with some twists, along with a live cooking demo
Cost: Dh 79 for a complete Filipino buffet meal including soft beverages