How to make crepe-like lumpia (spring roll) wrapper

What distinguishes good lumpiang ubod (heart of palm spring rolls) from great lumpiang ubod? The quality of the ubod, of course, the right balance of saltiness and sweetness of the sauce, the light seasoning of the filling that does not take away from the natural sweetness of the ubod… and there’s the wrapper. You can have the most superb filling but if you wrap it in commercial lumpia wrapper, the lumpia as served suddenly falls by several notches. But if you can make crepe-like lumpia wrappers, you’ve elevated your lumpia to such heights that will make your mother-in-law talk about you to her amigas with such pride. :smile: Trust me, I know what I’m talking about. :wink:

Of course, I didn’t slave over the wrapper just to impress you. I made lumpiang labong (bamboo shoots spring rolls) for lunch. My original plan was to make a noodle dish but somewhere between sauteeing the bamboo shoots and waiting for it to become tender, I changed my mind. The recipe for the lumpiang labong will be posted later today.

How to make crepe-like lumpia (spring roll) wrapper

There are three things to remember when making crepe-like spring roll wrappers.

1. The correct proportion between the flour and the starch;
2. The correct consistency of the batter (i.e., the amount of water); and
3. A non-stick frying pan — I really wouldn’t attempt this without a non-stick pan.

The following recipe makes 10 spring roll wrappers using a 10-inch non-stick frying pan. If you use a smaller sized pan, you will be able to make more wrappers. But small wrappers aren’t easy to work with because you will need a substantial amount of overhang to fold them properly without the lumpia bursting open before they are served.

Ingredients :

1 c. of all-purpose flour
1/3 c. of corn or tapioca starch
1 egg
1/2 tsp. of salt
2-3/4 c. of water (you may have to adjust this depending on the quality of the flour and starch you use)

Cooking procedure :

In a mixing bowl, beat the egg. Add the water and mix. Add the flour, starch and salt and mix until well blended.

Place the frying pan on the stove and turn on the heat to medium-low. Pour 1/3 cup of batter into the pan, swirling the pan to evenly distribute the batter on the bottom. Cook the batter until the crepe (it is a crepe, really) pulls away from the sides of the pan (see the photo), about two minutes. Using a spatula, flip the crepe over and cook the other side for a minute.

Okay, stoves have different settings and temperature and the cooking time of two minutes is relative. How can you tell if the crepe is ready to be flipped over? It is ready when the spatula slides easily underneath. If the crepe wrinkles, that means it is still too wet. If you flip it at this stage, it is still sticky, it’s difficult to flip over and it might crumple and stick in places.

Just keep repeating the procedure until you have used up all the batter. A tip: stir the batter before cooking each wrapper. The starch has a nasty tendency to sink to the bottom and you really want the batter to be very well blended before it goes into the hot frying pan.

Where do you place the cooked lumpia wrappers? Most cooks will say stack them between sheets of kitchen (wax) paper. That’s too rich for me — kitchen paper is not cheap and I only use it for baking. I don’t have any problems stacking the cooked lumpia wrapper one on top of the other. They might stick to one another if they are still wet. But if they have been sufficiently looked, you will be able to pull off each wrapper easily.

How long will they keep? Ah, I do not know. I only make lumpia wrappers that can be consumed in one meal.

What do you use for filling? Give me an hour or so and I’ll show you. :)

  • A scientist in the kitchen

    Hi Connie, you make it sound so easy to make than the other recipes I’ve read, talagang mahihikayat akong gumawa. Thanks.


    PS- waiting for the lumpiang ubod recipe in an hour :)

  • dhayL

    i agree it sounds and looks easy to make, however, parang natatakot pa ren ako! :) I have to try making home-made lumpia wrapper soon! It’s more delish that store-bpught, thanks ms conie for the recipe!

    • taj

      thanks connie, for this long awaited recipe. favorite ko ito. i’ve tried other wrapper recipes pero di masyado successful.i’ll surely try your version.

      • Connie

        zynnie, yes they are.

  • rima

    hello ms. connie,

    i also make my own fresh lumpia wrapper. ang tigas kasi nun commercial wrapper after awhile.hehehe…
    correct, you should use a big size non stick pan. i only have a small pan (around 6 in diameter-hehehe) and to satisfy my lumpia craving, basta makagawa lang, kahit mini lumpia ang ending, go na!hehe…happy day to all!

    • jindie

      hi connie. i’m a big fan of your site. your articles alone make me want to eat the food in the photos! thanks so much for the recipe of crepe-like lumpia wrapper. i’ve tried both recipes (this one and the version for lightier crepes). both turned out well and simply taste great!

      • Lyn

        I tried this last night. But it’s hard for me to do. Makapal yong nagawa ko and kinamay ko yong hinalo na ingredients pag lagay sa non stick pan..natakot ako.. Ano ba gamit mo pag lagay ng hinalo sa pan??? Please.. Thanks and Happy Easter.

      • Jenny

        You make it look so easy! I’ll try making popiah with this on the weekend thanks to you! :)

        Just a question, I’m kind of confused as you said it’ll make 10 wrappers however you stated to pour in 1/3 of the mixture into the pan?

        • Jenny

          Okay I made it failed :(
          I found out a day later that the ‘cornstarch’ I used was actually potato flour wth!
          Anyhow, I might also have gotten the measurements all wrong. Can you please tell me what your 1 cup equates to?
          Here in Australia, 1 cup = 250 ml.
          Also, how much of the mixture should I ladle into the pan each time?

          • Connie

            Use standard measuring cups, Jenny.

          • leah

            pwede bang gumamit ng ordinary na frying pan hindi yong not-stick

          • treehugger

            Got a little problem. I forgot to label my flour and cornstarch. How can I tell the difference?

          • Connie

            Cornstarch is whiter and finer.



          • Hershy

            Hi Connie,were here in Saigon at napakahirap bumili ng Lumpia rapper..malayo sa place namin at one stor lang ang nag titinda.But anyway can i also use your lumpia rapper sa Spring rolls (The usual na Sring rolls sa pinas)..mince pork sring rolls…Thank you so much

          • Connie

            There is a search box, Maris.

            By the way, something wrong with your keyboard’s caps lock?

            And I notice you’re using my name for your URL. You think you have the right to do that?

        • Connie

          I doubt it unless you use more oil.

          A cast iron pan will work though.

          • maybel

            ano po un proportion ng water 2-3/4cup?medyo di po malinaw e.

          • Connie

            Two-and-three-fourths cup of water. Ano naman ang hindi malinaw dun?

          • fred

            hi connie ! ano bang tawag sa fresh lumpia wrapper maker? pareho ba yun ng quesadilla maker? thank’s.

          • Connie

            You mean tortilla press? No. Making lumpia wrapper does not require a press.

          • Yolanda

            Hi Connie, thanks ever so much for the amazing recipe. I was about to head to the store for wrappers then I got smart and googled the recipe and found yours first. It sounds so easy and I can’t wait to try it. I have made crepes before so I know this will turn out fabulous. Thanx

          • cora

            thanks connie for a very simple lumpia wrapper recipe. it’s awesome! hope can do it perfect.

          • jean

            hi connie… eto ung shortcut version ko of making fresh lumpia wrapper.. para di ko makalimutan.. 123 CLE.. 1 cup cornstarch 2 cups liquid 3 eggs..

            :-) thanks

          • Michelle

            I this recipe for fresh lumpia or can it be used for frying too?

          • Connie

            Never tried frying.

          • kristine

            is it okey to substitute milk instead of water…

          • Connie

            You can try and let us know how it turns out. :)

          • Lolit

            hi con… how about the homemade egg wrapper? i want to make lumpiang ubod sana eh! and i know that egg -wrapper is the best for that… thanks a lot…. God bless

          • Connie

            You’re looking at it. Traditional spring roll wrappers are made with flour and water and nothing else. The mixture that includes eggs is sometimes called egg wrapper. And other people call it egg wrapper because it resembles egg rolls. I’ve seen cooks make the mistake of cooking thin scrambled eggs to make the wrapper.

          • Chrissy

            Can you freeze the lumpia wrappers?

          • Connie

            No, not this kind.

          • suraia

            hey connie.can i make this without using corn starch?

          • Connie

            No. Without cornstarch the texture will be like the wrappers bought in the market.

          • janry piel

            Ate connie,. ano po yong makukuhang vitamins o nutrients sa lumpia wrappers,.!

          • Connie

            Try researching about each and every ingredient.

          • Jing

            Hi Connie, based on your measurements, how many lumpia wrapper does it make? Thanks!

          • Connie

            If you read the article carefully, the answer to your question is already there. :)

          • Jing

            aw, sorry I overlooked..i jumped to the ingredients immediately..hehehe..thanks again.

          • Maxi

            I just made springrolls fried it. after while at wasnt crispy when I wanted to eat. what am I doing wrong?

          • Connie

            The filling must not be rather dry. If you used cooked filling, drain it for several hours and make sure it has cooled before wrapping. See the tofu and mung bean sprouts spring rolls recipe for more details.

          • http://WWW.SPARKLINGEVENTS.CO.ZA Corrie

            I am from South Africa. Two of my girlfriends and myself was cooking “makataan” pieces (very similar to sweet melon except you can use the white inside to cook a ? jam. There was some sweet sauce left over and I undertook to make “Chinese bow ties”. Not such a good idea! Surching on the web I found your that requires that you buy “egg roll wrappers” oops! where in Worcester in the Western Cape South Africa do I buy this. I then started looking for recepies for “egg roll wrappers” and my search led me to “spring roll wrappers”. Is thia the same as egg roll wrappers and can the same recepy be used for making spring rolls?
            Please help this desparate guy!

          • Connie Veneracion

            These wrappers are for spring rolls. But these are softer than store bought.

          • tj

            hi ate connie,ask ko lng it can use rice flour? thnks you so much.from malaysia..

          • Connie

            I’m not really sure as I haven’t tried that.

          • roxanne-glory

            thanks so much for this recipe. you make it so less frustrating. thank you

          • Frances

            Even I was confused. If it is 2 and 3/4 cup, there should have been no dash. It looks like a range like two to three-fourths cup. But thanks for clarifying!! I will definitely try this. Thanks for the recipe.

          • Connie Veneracion

            If it were a range , I would have used “to”.

            If the only meaning of a dash is to connote a range, then three-fourths must be a range too.

          • S

            Hey Connie, thanks for posting this. I have always used a store-bought wrapper which is not available here in Angola. So I’m giving your recipe a shot. Spring roll 101 :) I am now waiting for tea time so I can fry them!
            On a glance, the homemade wrapper looks and feels very different from what I use to get at a store. In fact, I think the result is closer to what’s in french known as Feuilles de bricks (brick pastry) or what in north african cuisine known as Warqa. Have you heard of them? It’s just that (from what I know) it is made from a soft lumpy dough that you smeared on a hot pan, so it’s really interesting to note, because your method is way easier and far less messy.
            On the other hand, I have tried making spring roll with store-bought feuilles de bricks and hmm, I’m not very pleased with the way it is far oilier than the store-bought spring roll wrapper, and turns soft the moment it’s cold. So I’m really keeping my fingers crossed on this one! :)

          • Connie

            I’m not very well-versed with French cuisine but I think Warqa is more like a variety of Middle eastern flat bread?

          • Maria Khan

            Hi. Could u please tell me if it’s all right to use corn flour instead of cornstarch? Apparently, i can’t find cornstarch here.Thanks.

    • Connie

      Wire whisk, Lyn. A balloon whisk to be more precise. But even fork will do. Just make sure the batter is really thin (malabnaw) and as you pour into the pan, swirl the pan for even distribution.

  • Maria Khan

    Hi, Connie. Many thanks for your wrapper recipe! It’s the best recipe on wrappers so far. I’ve spent countless hours trying out a lot of wrapper recipes taken from the web and yours is the most user-friendly, most practical, and gives the best taste and texture! Corn flour is different from corn flour from what i’ve heard although there are others who say they are entirely the same. Nevertheless, i used corn flour today and it’s given me fantastic results. Thanks for helping a lot of moms like me.More power to you!

    • Connie

      From what I’ve heard (from Filipinos in different parts of the world), it’s the same thing — it’s called corn flour in some countries (like Australia) and called corn starch in other countries. :)

  • Benjie Tan, Jr.

    Thank you very much for sharing your recipe on how to make Lumpia Wrapper. From now on we don’t have to go to the market and look for wrapper. First time we tried your recipe it is easy and fun to make.

  • giulietta415

    Thank you for this recipe! I am so thankful that you have shared this with us. I am relatively health-conscious, but I do enjoy and crave Turon and Lumpia from time to time…tapping into my fried Filipino food heritage! Yum Yum…it is very refreshing to think of making homemade wrappers versus store bought just because I like to have some control over better ingredients that end up in my body! Store bought stuff can be very scary sometimes! Again – thank you!

  • momof4

    This is the very same reason why I love having the lumpia from Max. The lumpia melts in the mouth…

  • zynnie

    I feels so misguided now. This is my favorite dish, and I’ve only had it with the commercial wrappers! I’ve had French crepes before, are homemade lumpia wrappers similar to that?