Friday, August 13, 2010
Like a pregnant woman in the first trimester, I was craving for Lumpia the other day. I gotta eat lumpia. Right here, right now!
I was waiting for the merienda vendor to pass by our house but to no avail so I decided to take matters in my own hands.
I made my own lumpia.
Good thing I have ingredients in the fridge. They are leftovers from previous dishes I cooked. Like the lumpia wrapper which I used for Shanghai 4 days ago, Togue from yesterday's lunch of tofu and bean sprout, and small shrimps which I keep stock of for what would have been Okoy for tomorrow.
During my stint as merienda vendor a few years back, lumpia was one of my bestsellers. Retailing at just P7.00, it's so affordable and filling. And my version is not commercial at all!
I fill it up with lots of different veggies like toge, cabbage, singkamas, kamote, small shrimps, carrots, Baguio beans, sayote and tokwa! Now that's a lot of ingredients! Did I ever profit from it? Oh yes, I buy my ingredients from Pasay Public Market, the bagsakan market. I would wake up at 3:00 am in the morning and go to Pasay to catch the freshest ingredients being sold at the lowest price. If you come at a later time than 3:00 am, you'd end up buying the items from retailers at an at least 35% higher price.
I especially like kamote in lumpia because it gives it a sweetness that, when combined with the sour vinegar dip tastes so sensational! Lumpiang lumpia!