Top 10 Lumpiang Ubod
Our best bets for the Pinoy veggie staple.
Many people assume that lumpiang ubod and lumpiang gulay are the same thing. While the filling of lumpiang gulay is a mixture of vegetable, pork and tofu, lumpiang ubod is made with the heart of a palm vegetable harvested from the coconut tree's core-it has white, fibrous strips that are slightly sweet. Of course, not all lumpia are made equal, and this we knew before we sought out 18 different restaurants offering the veggie fare.
The qualities we looked for in a good lumpiang ubod were based on five things. The wrapper must be delicate and moist, not too thick or dry. The peanut sauce should be sweet, but not too sweet that it overpowers the rest of the ingredients, plus some peanuts must be added for a bit of crunch. The garlic should not be toned down or-God forbid-omitted, since its purpose is to balance the sweetness of the peanut sauce, and its absence makes a weak lumpia. The filling can either make or break it-No matter how sweet the sauce is or how much garlic is added, a poorly-made filling can't be masked, and it makes for some pretty bad eats. Here, our best finds.
The Chocolate Kiss Cafe’s Lumpiang Ubod. Click for more.
Photos by Anson Yu