I made these Mushrooms Cabbage Shanghai Lumpias during Super Bowl along with bacon-peas fried rice and shrimp & veggies stir-fry. I laughed at the irony of cooking Asian dishes on the most American day in America. I’m a “rebel” that way, I guess. Anyhooo, if you’re asking why these are called Shanghai Lumpias or Lumpiang Shanghai, my answer is, I really have no idea. They could just as easily be called lumpias or eggrolls. But I grew up with the term lumpiang shanghai whenever these skinny eggrolls were served at our table so I gravitate towards that name when I make them now.
Perhaps, it’s the skinny form of the eggrolls. Instead of folding up the sides after putting the filling in the wrapper, these are just rolled all the way leaving both ends exposed. Maybe that’s why. Seriously, I don’t know. In any case, here’s how I made these skinny lumpias,