For Carlo Lamagna, a F&W 2021 Best New Chef, and the owner of Magna Kusina in Portland, Oregon, this pancit recipe equals comfort. "When I first started working in the restaurant industry, I would come home late at night around 2 am, exhausted from working a shift," he says. Tired and hungry, I would often find a plate of food left out for me by my mom and dad. Pancit was in regular rotation and really hit the spot after a long day. When I would pop the plate in the microwave to heat up, I would often hear footsteps coming down the staircase, and it was either my mom or dad making their way to the kitchen to check in and make sure that I wasn't eating alone. That is true love of a parent."
For his lumpiang sariwa recipe, 2021 F&W Best New Chef Carlo Lamagna of Portland, Oregon, skips the deep fryer and instead makes these tender spring rolls by wrapping delicate homemade coconut crêpes around lettuce leaves filled with fresh vegetables. Topped with a sauce of soy sauce simmered with brown sugar and star anise and sprinkled with crunchy chopped peanuts, these lumpiang sariwa make a nice appetizer or light meal.
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