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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.

December 2021 / January 2022


Credit: Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Lydia Pursell

Recipe Summary

30 mins
50 mins




Make the crêpes:
  • Process coconut milk, eggs, flour, coconut oil, honey, and salt in a blender until completely smooth, about 20 seconds. Let rest at room temperature at least 20 minutes or up to 1 hour to allow flour to fully hydrate.

  • Line a large plate with paper towels.Lightly coat a 10-inch nonstick skillet with cooking spray, and heat over medium. Pour 1/4 cup batter into skillet, and immediately swirl pan to thinly and evenly coat bottom. Cook until batter is set and no longer wet to the touch, 30 to 45 seconds. Do not flip crêpe; carefully loosen edges of crêpe from skillet using a nonstick spatula. Invert pan to release crêpe onto prepared plate; set aside to cool. Repeat process with remaining batter to make about 10 crêpes.

Make the sauce:
  • Bring 1 cup water, soy sauce, brown sugar, and star anise to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, stirring often, until sugar has fully dissolved, about 1 minute. Whisk together cornstarch and 1 1/2 tablespoons warm water in a small bowl to make a slurry. Slowly whisk slurry into simmering soy sauce mixture in saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium and cook, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Assemble the lumpiang sariwa:
  • Combine carrots, squash, hearts of palm, scallions, lemon juice, and salt in a large bowl; toss to fully coat. Place 1 lettuce leaf on a clean work surface. Place about 1 cup vegetable mixture on lettuce leaf, and roll up to wrap vegetables. Place lettuce wrap in middle of 1 crêpe, and roll up to wrap lettuce in crêpe. Place crêpe, seam side down, on a plate. Repeat with remaining crêpes and vegetables.

  • Once crêpes are assembled, make a 1-inch-long slit down middle of top of each crêpe. Spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce over each crêpe, and sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon peanuts.