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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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Lumpia a pervasive phenomenon of the SE Asian food scene, which has colonized some other parts of the world, e.g. the Netherlands. Whatever it is called—lumpia in Indonesia and the Philippines, popiah in Singapore, egg roll for Americans—it is patently part of the spring roll family based in China. Members of this family all consist of ground or chopped-up food in a very thin wrapper, usually made of flour and water, with or without egg.

Lumpia have their own entry because they have acquired a life of their own and from one of their power bases, in Indonesia, they have colonized the Netherlands.