Theological Stewardship Blog #2
Sunday, May 24, 2020

One of my family’s favorite comfort foods is lumpia, or “spring roll.” I remember helping my mother roll up lumpia as a treat for our family, as well as for others on special occasions such as for one of our church’s picnics & Sunday School classes. Lumpia is a traditional Filipino spring roll that “are made of thin paper-like or crepe-like pastry skin called ‘lumpia wrapper’ enveloping savory or sweet fillings (Wikipedia).” It is usually filled with meat & vegetables, & served as a deep-fried appetizer or snack with sweet & sour sauce or vinegar & garlic sauce. It can alternatively be filled with bananas & brown sugar, & served as a deep-fried dessert or snack with coconut & caramel sauce, which is called “turon.”

When my youth group & I were planning out my Duke Youth Academy Practices Project, our original plan was for my community mentor & youth director, John Wise, & I to teach a Sunday School class about how to be God’s steward through ethical eating & celebrate at the end with an agape feast featuring lumpia. Although we cannot physically gather right now, we can still learn about how to be sustainable through reputable experts & reliable sources.

If you have never made &/or tried lumpia before, it’s an easy & tasty Filipino dish that everyone loves. The ingredients that my mother uses are:
– bean sprouts
– cilantro
– eggs
– ground beef
– Kikkoman Soy Sauce
– minced garlic
– Pantai Norasingh Sweetened Chili Sauce for Spring Roll
– salt & pepper
– shredded carrots
– sliced onion
– vegetable oil
– Wei-chuan Spring Roll Shells

All of the vegetables that my family purchases are organic, & we get our bean sprouts, soy sauce, spring roll wrappers, & sweet chili sauce from local Asian stores. Most of the instructions on how to make lumpia online are similar to how my mother makes it, such as the one on allrecipies’ website (…/3…/traditional-filipino-lumpia/). If you do cook this dish, I would love to know what you think about it!