If you’re wondering what to serve with your lumpia, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 33 of the most popular side dishes for lumpia.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with lumpia are pancit canton, Filipino-style spaghetti, egg fried rice, and chop suey. You can also go with Asian-style chopped salad, steamed rice cakes, pickled green papaya, lechon belly roll, or chicken adobo. For dipping, pair them with sweet chili sauce.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
You need a starchy side if you want to have lumpia as a meal!
Take inspiration from Chinese takeouts and pair them with egg fried rice or go traditional with a classic pancit canton (noodles).
This may resemble your favorite chow mein, but this Filipino noodle dish is in a league of its own.
To make it, you cook the veggies and sauce before adding in dried noodles. The noodles cook in the sauce, infusing them with so much flavor.
Enjoy your crispy lumpia with pancit canton for a classic Filipino “merienda” (or afternoon snack).
Why we love this recipe: it’s a one-pot dish, which means fewer pans to clean up.
Egg fried rice
Egg fried rice is one of the easiest takeout dishes to replicate in your kitchen.
Most of the ingredients you need are basic pantry staples, and there are no set rules over what you can add.
This recipe sticks with a classic medley of carrots and green onions, but you can also go dor peas, corn, or any odd bits of veg in your fridge.
Why we love this recipe: it’s way better than takeout fried rice.
Filipino-steamed rice cakes
Also known as puto, these rice cakes are light and airy, with a mild sweet flavor.
They’re traditionally made with a fermented rice batter, but this recipe uses rice flour as an effective shortcut.
Just remember to sift the flour to achieve a silky, smooth batter.
Enjoy your lumpia with a piece (or two) of these rice cakes for a hearty afternoon treat.
Why we love this recipe: it’s highly detailed and has visuals to guide you.
This spaghetti dish is a classic accompaniment for lumpia, especially for special occasions.
Compared to traditional marinara or bolognese, Filipino-style spaghetti is sweeter, thanks to the addition of banana ketchup and sugar.
And the cut-up hotdogs are a must-have! This version may be blasphemous for pasta purists, but it’s delicious!
Why we love this recipe: it will bring out your inner child.
Meaty main dishes
Pair your lumpia platter with these meat-filled main dishes for the ultimate Filipino feast!
Want a challenge? Try your hand at making a show-stopping lechon roll.
Lechon belly roll
This lechon belly roll is the perfect centerpiece for your Filipino feast.
It’s more manageable than the traditional lechon, which involves roasting a whole pig over charcoal.
But with the help of herbs and spices like lemongrass, green onions, and chili rolled into the meat, you can still expect that iconic juicy, flavorful meat with crispy, crackling skin.
Why we love this recipe: everyone will be clamoring for second helpings.
A Filipino feast won’t be complete without the famous adobo!
The standard version is made with pork, but chicken is an excellent affordable option too.
It requires an extra step of marinating the chicken in a mixture of soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and peppercorns, but this ensures the meat becomes tender and oh-so-delicious.
Psst… the marinade also doubles as your cooking liquid.
Why we love this recipe: leftovers are tastier the next day.
Condiments and sauces
Just like egg rolls, lumpia is even better when accompanied with a dipping sauce!
Sweet chili sauce is the obvious choice, but I usually go with a spiced vinegar dip for a tangy bite.
Pickled veggies are also an excellent accompaniment to some greasy fried lumpia.
Sweet chili sauce
A sweet chili dipping sauce is a must-have whether you’re having lumpia as a snack or as part of a meal.
It’s widely available in the shops, but making it from scratch is just as easy.
The sambal oelek and cayenne combined with the sugar give your lumpia the perfect sweet-spicy kick.
Can’t find sambal oelek? You can also use fresh or dried chili.
Why we love this recipe: a single batch lasts a couple of weeks when stored properly.
Pickled green papaya
Aside from papaya, this pickled condiment also features carrots, red peppers, and raisins (if you want).
These ingredients, combined with the vinegar brine, give you a sharp bite that cuts through the greasiness of your lumpia.
It’ll take five days before you can enjoy the fruits of your labor, but trust me – atchara’s worth the wait!
Why we love this recipe: it’s also fabulous with any grilled or fried main dish.
Vegetables and salads
Go with a warm veggie side or a fresh salad if you want a healthy side dish for your lumpia rolls.
You can stick to lumpias Filipino roots and whip up chop suey, or you can shake things up with an Asian-style slaw or salad for a tasty fusion meal.
Asian-style chopped salad
If you’re looking to jazz up your packed lunch, try this Asian-style chopped salad.
It’s loaded with colorful veggies like romaine lettuce, purple cabbage, snow peas, carrots, and red bell pepper.
But what makes this irresistible is its umami-loaded sesame vinaigrette.
Prop your golden lumpia over this vibrant salad for a light but nourishing lunch
Why we love this recipe: it’s a treat for the eyes and taste buds.
Filipino roasted eggplant salad
This eggplant salad is an excellent side dish for fried food, like lumpia.
The smokiness from the roasted eggplants, combined with a Filipino-style vinaigrette, fresh mangoes, and tomatoes, makes for the perfect palate cleanser.
And the best part? You don’t have to set up the grill to make this dish – the eggplants are roasted over your stovetop to give them a great char.
Why we love this recipe: it’s summer on a plate!
If you want your veggie side dish warm, try chop suey.
It’s got a fancy name, but at its heart, chop suey is a veggie stir fry.
The trick to perfecting this dish lies in cooking hardy veggies first and the softer ones last. This ensures they all keep a bit of crunch instead of becoming soggy.
Why we love this recipe: it’s easily customizable – you can add any veggie or protein you want.
The best side dishes for lumpia
- Pancit canton
- Egg fried rice
- Filipino-steamed rice cakes
- Filipino-style spaghetti
- Lechon belly roll
- Chicken adobo
- Sweet chili sauce
- Pickled green papaya
- Asian-style chopped salad
- Filipino roasted eggplant salad
- Chop suey
What To Serve With Lumpia (33 Ideas)
- 1 portion pancit canton
- 1 portion chicken adobo
- 1 portion sweet chili sauce
- 1 portion egg fried rice
- 1 portion lechon belly roll
- 1 portion Asian-style chopped salad … and more
- Prepare your lumpia according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: pancit canton, egg fried rice, filipino-steamed rice cakes, filipino-style spaghetti, lechon belly roll, chicken adobo, sweet chili sauce, pickled green papaya, asian-style chopped salad, filipino roasted eggplant salad, and chop suey.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!