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How to Make Canned Sardines Lumpiang Shanghai

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Canned sardines lumpiang Shanghai

Canned sardines lumpiang Shanghai

Lumpiang Shanghai is one of the most popular Filipino pulutan, or finger foods. The snack typically consists of a meat and vegetable filling inside a spring roll wrapper. This famous hot appetizer is often served with beer or other alcoholic beverages.

In this recipe, I will show you a version of lumpiang Shanghai that is made with canned sardines. This is a cheaper way to enjoy this delicious snack.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

25 min

35 min

Serves 3 to 4 people


  • 2 cans sardines, drained
  • 1 cup malunggay or moringa leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrots, minced
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 inch ginger, grated
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • lumpia or spring roll wrapper
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • cooking oil, for sauteing and frying


For Preparation:

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  • 2 medium bowls
  • 1 large plate
  • 1 small plate
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • chopping board
  • knife
  • fork
  • spoon

For Cooking:

  • fry pan
  • tongs
  • strainer or cake rack
  • bowl


  1. Heat oil in a pan. Saute the onion and garlic.
  2. Add in carrots and malunggay leaves. Mix in mashed sardines and cornstarch. Continue cooking.
  3. Once cooked, remove the pan from the heat and transfer the mixture to a bowl. Allow it to cool.
  4. Beat 1 egg and add it into the sardine mixture. Mix. Set aside.
  5. Lay lumpia wrapper on a plate. Scoop 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of the sardine filling.
  6. Line the mixture above the bottom of the wrapper, leaving at least 1 to 1 1/2 inches of space on each side.
  7. Fold the lumpia wrapper from the bottom to the center. Then fold the wrapper from both the left and right sides to the center. From there, start rolling it.
  8. Seal the top part of the wrapper with water.
  9. Repeat steps 6 to 8 with the remaining ingredients.
  10. Once done, set up the frying pan. Heat enough oil to deep-fry the lumpia.
  11. Fry each piece until golden brown. Drain excess oil.
  12. Serve with your favorite dip.

Recipe Video: Canned Sardines Lumpiang Shanghai

Tips and Techniques

  • Serve with your favorite sauce.
  • The type of canned sardines doesn't matter. You can use sardines in oil, sardines in tomato sauce, or spicy sardines.
  • Add other vegetables if you want.
  • Cook the filling first to get the best result.
  • Replace cornstarch with similar products such as all-purpose flour, rice flour, etc.
Lumpiang Shanghai with canned sardines

Lumpiang Shanghai with canned sardines

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