|Vegetable, shrimp and pork Lumpia spring rolls |
with garlic-soy brown sugar sauce
Located in the Central Tropical Pacific Ocean, Kiribati is an Island Nation that consists of 32 atolls and 1 raised coral island. The Island straddles the equator and to it's eastern most region, borders the international timeline. How cool is that?!
Kiribati is one of the world's poorest countries, owing to its lack of natural resources. Moreover, due to global warming and rising sea levels, the country is predicted to eventually disappear, forever displacing it's people and way of life as a tragic consequence of man's stupidity and ignorance.
Dishes in Kiribati are generally based on fresh fish, shrimp and crabs as well as coconut and coconut milk. Banana leaves, curries and rice are also commonly found staples. Some say the food is quite similar to that found in the Philippines, but this island nation certainly claims a culinary culture all its own.
|Fish, shrimp and crab are the primary sources of protein enjoyed|
|I used water chestnuts in the filling, but potatoes|
can be substituted
|A mixture of soy sauce, corn starch and water binds the filling|
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 cups water
- Oil for frying
- Combine cornstarch, flour and salt in a medium sized bowl. Add eggs and water, mix until smooth.
- Heat a 6-inch skillet and oil very lightly. Spoon in a very thin layer of batter, just enough to cover the bottom of the pan. Cook on one side only until done. Turn onto waxed paper. Repeat until the batter is used, stacking wrappers between squares of waxed paper. Set aside.
- 1/2 lb. ground pork
- 4 cloves cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1/2 lb. raw shrimp, chopped
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 can water chestnuts, sliced thinly
- 1 cup grated carrot
- 1 cup bean sprouts
- 1 cup shredded cabbage
- 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
- 1 Tbsp. water
- Lettuce leaves
- Shell, Devinne and chop shrimp. Slice water chestnuts in thin strips. Dissolve corn starch in 1 tablespoon of water.
- In a skillet, brown pork. Add garlic, then onion and shrimp. Saute and season with salt and pepper. Add water chestnuts and carrots. Cook briefly until tender. Stir in bean sprouts and cabbage. Add soy sauce and cornstarch-water mixture; mix well and cook for 5 minutes.
- Cool filling mixture and spoon a tablespoon in Lumpia wrapper. Repeat with remaining filling and wrappers. Serve with Lumpia garlic brown sugar soy dipping sauce.
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 Tbsp. cornstarch
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tsp. ground garlic
- 1 cup beef broth
Combine sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Stir in soy sauce and garlic. Add broth and mix well. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens. Server over fresh Lumpia.
Final Assessment: This was delicious and easy to make. It didn't really count as a whole meal, but as an appetizer or snack, it's perfect. This recipe made about 20 Lumpia and they disappeared in about 20 seconds flat.