Thursday, October 25, 2012

Leap Year Lumpia: Nashville's Filipino Spring Rolls

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 6:06 AM

Vegan lumpia at The Local Taco Sylvan Park
  • Vegan lumpia at The Local Taco Sylvan Park
Years ago, between my picky-eating teenage years and my picky-eating vegetarian years, I loved pork lumpia. I had a friend who was Filipino and every once in a while, her mother would make huge batches of lumpia and she'd have friends over to share. It was a big deal because lumpia are a bit labor-intensive to make; they're essentially a variant of Chinese spring rolls brought to the Phillipines by early Chinese settlers.

So my curiosity was piqued when I heard about Leap Year Lumpia, a small operation formed by some folks of Filipino ancestry who recognized the clear need to fill this void in the local food scene. (Aside: still need a Venezuelan place, please. Arepas!) Unsurprisingly, they quickly discovered that people really like lumpia.

And then I heard the best part: they make vegan lumpia! They offer both vegan and beef lumpia (with shrimp and pork in the works), which you can order directly from them in 24-piece packs. The Local Taco in Sylvan Park has been featuring the vegan lumpia as a special, and The Corner Pub in Green Hills is stocking the beef version. I'll be checking The Local Taco's Facebook page frequently to see if I can get some of those vegan lumpia. A couple of people have left positive comments, so perhaps they can find a permanent place on the menu.

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