This is one of my favorites because of the strong peanut and garlic flavor in it. It’s quite easy to prepare, the ingredients are cheap, and it’s also very healthy. Mind you, I don’t usually measure my ingredients so I’ll just give an approximate here, it’s really up to you whether you want less or more of something. Some people don’t like their lumpiang ubod to be too garlicky, some do.
1 kilo ubod (I’m not sure what it’s called in english)
green beans, cut into thin diagonal pieces
1 1/2 square of tofu, crumbled
potatoes cut into thin strips
chopped peanuts (with the skin removed)
salt and pepper
You can also add julienned carrots and small pieces of button mushrooms (I like mine with them) if you want.
For the garlic sauce:
Saute the minced garlic and onions over low fire. Add the peanuts when the onion begin to look a bit transparent. Add the ubod and other vegetables, stir very well. Add the crumbled tofu. Add pepper and salt to taste. Once the ubod looks soft and the potatoes are cooked, turn off the heat and put in a bowl.
Prepare the garlic sauce while you let the ubod cool down before you wrap them in lumpia wrapper. To cook the sauce, mix soy sauce, sugar, garlic and cornstarch with water. Put in a pot and cook over low head, stirring occasionally. You can wrap your lumpia while the sauce is cooking. Once your sauce has the right thickness, turn off the heat and leave the pot covered.
I don’t really know how to wrap lumpia in a way that will make all of them look alike. If it’s your first time to wrap, it’s okay if you don’t get it right away. Just put a spoonful and a half of your ubod near the top of the wrapper, roll the top part down, fold the sides, then roll the whole thing all the way down to get something that looks like this:
You can seal the wrapper using water, it’ll hold. You can eat your lumpia like this, with sauce on top, or you can fry it and make vinegar with garlic, onion, and pepper.
Did you know that garlic is a good antioxidant, which means that it can help protect your body from free radicals that can cause cancer. It can also help you regulate high cholesterol levels.