Wednesday, January 27, 2010

It's lump, it's lump, it's lumpia

Lumpia is one of the most cherished of all Filipino foods. It's not hard to see why, it's delicious, drenched in oil and comes with a sweet sauce to provide all of the necessary flavor components. Lumpia is one of the few Filipino foods I had tried before visiting the Philippines--that's how popular it is in the western world.

These deep-fried spring rolls are an example of a "Chinoy," or Chinese Pinoy snack. (Pinoy is a slang term used to describe people of Filipino descent.) Much of Filipino food reflects the influence of the Philippines largest--and oldest--ethnic minority, the Chinese, on the local cuisine. Many dishes here are Chinese in origin, but distinctly Filipino in flavor.

1 comment:

  1. Please describe the distinct Filipino flavor. Is it the peanut butter, palm sugar or galangal? I haven't tasted Filipino food in 30 years.