Lumpia is Spring Rolls is Popiah is Lunpia is the same what?

I am trying really hard not to talk about Spring rolls the way a decent website talks about Spring rolls. But for once, I will try to act like a clickety-clacking typewriter void of a bell when it comes to the rightmost part of the page. If you’re a bit confused, then you were born after the year 2000 when typewriters cried dry tears after their ribbons were left to dehydrate. In the end, what’s left of them is their space bars…. which actually amounts to nothing (but a lot of spaces).

Let’s do it Plain Jane!



Spring rolls originated from China. Don’t you dare stop reading. Because spring rolls did not originate from Vietnam. Most that I read said that it originated from the province of Fujian, China where they call them Popiah or Lunpia. Filipinos were one of the first non-chinese people that were exposed to Spring Rolls because most of the Chinese delegation that migrated to our country came from the province of Fujian. So we are like, sons of the spring rolls. You dig? Alrighty then.

Spring rolls in Filipino is called Lumpia.

Spring rolls in Indonesia is Lumpia.

Spring rolls in China is Popiah.

Spring rolls in Malaysia is Popiah.

Spring rolls in other parts of China is Lunpia.

Spring rolls in Filipino is called Lumpia.

Spring rolls in Vietnam, I can’t read or write. So click this if you are really interested in Vietnamese spring rolls which I assure is just another kind of Lumpia.

I have to put those in separate lines because if they were in a paragraph they double the boredom of the explanation.

Ok, what else do you want to know about Lumpia?

Springs rolls were called spring rolls because they are famous with the Chinese during New Year where it is Spring in the mainland.

You know what, I hate this. I was expecting that there is a really awesome, Po-and-Mulan-like-legend about Spring rolls. Or even about the Filipino Lumpia. Instead, all I got where these boring stories about how some people wrap red ribbons all over spring rolls during new year. I mean, where are all the sword fightings and the kung-fu legends who were supposed to kill an army of samurai warriors with a single spring roll as a weapon?

I will avenge how the boring stories of culinary history killed the supposed to be full of awesomeness legend of the almighty crunch.

I will return.

Prepare for the legend of Lumpia…

Kung Hei Fat Choi!!!!!!



Author: Ziggy

Ziggy grew up in the "dirty kitchen" of his grandmother. Literally. He would spend his pre-school days watching her cook crazy Filipino food. His love for food set him up in a journey through the kitchens of the Philippines to chef-swearing laden restaurants of Melbourne where he has worked mainly as a dishwasher, stockist, searcher of missing ingredients, deep frier of everything, arranger of antipasti on a supposed to be chopping board, kitchen cart surfer, emergency pastry chef, take-the-pans-we're-on-a-ciggy-break, chefs' cook of take home food, salad scientist and quite a number of mundane everyday things in the kitchen. Are you still reading this? He has quit that 1pm to 3am job now that he has learned to write. thus this site came to existence.

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  1. Great post about lumpia! Due to the geography area of North Sumatra to Malaysia and Singapore, Indonesians who live in that area also call it popiah.

    Gong Xi Fat Chai!

  2. Spring Rolls in Thailand is Popiah, too!

  3. Love your blog. Your often cheeky, sometimes irreverent posts always bring a smile to my face. :)

  4. You should check out Ngohiong! It’s one of my fave foods here in Cebu!

  5. Just to note, there’s a less popular version of Vietnamese Spring Rolls called “Bo Bia” phonetically similar to “Lumpia”

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