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Easy Lumpia Recipe in a Bowl

This easy lumpia in a bowl recipe is a play on the classic fried lumpia appetizer filled with ground beef, veggies, and hoisin sauce.

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Lumpia is the Filipino term for spring rolls, which are a popular dish in Filipino cuisine. Over time, lumpia has been evolved and adapted to local tastes, becoming a popular snack, appetizer and party food that is a staple at celebrations and special occasions. This bowl version of the classic lumpia contains all the classic ingredients except the spring roll wrappers - so there is no deep frying necessary! The filling is made with ground pork, hoisin sauce, garlic, mixed veggies and chopped cabbage, so it’s packed with protein and fiber for a well-rounded meal. I’ve created this recipe using one pound of pork, which makes about four full servings and takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and cook. 

Don’t get me wrong, I love the classic fried lumpia and they always seem to be the first to get eaten up at any potluck. That said, the deep frying adds a lot of extra calories and fats that I’d prefer to avoid when possible. And with this recipe, you still get all the delicious flavors that come with a classic lumpia, but without the added grease. Drizzle on some extra sweet chili sauce or hoisin and this recipe makes a great lunch or dinner. 

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How do I store lumpia in a bowl?

You can store leftover lumpia filling by allowing it to cool to room temperature first. Once cooled, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate. Properly stored, it can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Can I freeze lumpia in a bowl?

Make sure it is completely cooled before transferring it to a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag. Frozen lumpia mixture can be stored for up to 2-3 months. To reheat, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and then warm it in a pan or microwave.

What can I serve with lumpia in a bowl?

This lumpia filling can be served with steamed rice, quinoa, or noodles. You could also serve with a side of pickled vegetables or cucumber salad. 

Can I make lumpia vegan?

Yes, you can make lumpia vegan by substituting the ground pork with tofu or using a plant-based ground meat alternative.

What other sauces can I use for serving?

While the recipe suggests sweet chili sauce or hoisin sauce for serving, you can also try it with teriyaki sauce, peanut sauce, or a light soy-ginger dressing for added flavor variety.

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Sometimes the inside is better than the outside. Enjoy all the delicious and nutritious flavors of classic lumpia - but in a bowl! With no frying required!

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10 minutes
Total TIME:
25 minutes
15 minutes


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 1 pound lean ground pork
  • 1 tbsp seasoning salt
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 stalks celery (sliced)
  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 3-4 cups chopped napa cabbage

Ingredient Swaps

  • You can substitute the pork for chicken or tofu. 


  1. In a large pan, heat the oil until shimmering.
  2. Add the diced onion and saute for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the ground pork, seasoning salt, and garlic. Stir well to break up the pork.
  4. Cook for around 3 minutes or until the pork is no longer pink.
  5. Add the veggies, celery, hoisin sauce and stir well. Cook for another 3 minutes.
  6. Add the chopped cabbage and warm it through the mixture.
  7. Serve with an extra drizzle of sweet chili sauce or hoisin sauce.
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