Monday, August 4, 2008

Birthday Party Food!

Check out how to make lumpia plus lots of good food!

Ingredients for lumpia:
Lumpia wrappers (frozen section)
1 lb. ground pork
1 lb. ground beef
green onions
1 can water chestnuts
soy sauce
4 eggs

Grate a couple of carrots.

Slice the green onions thinly.

Add some ground pepper.

Add four handfuls - yes, handfuls - of soy sauce.

Chop up the water chestnuts finely.

Add your beaten egg...

Then mix well with your hands.

Carefully separate the wrappers.

Add a heaping teaspoonful of filling onto the wrapper.

Roll up.

This took a while...!

Hey, now it's time to make the confectionaries for the party. First it'll be the "nigiri sushi"!

Hostess powdered donuts
Swedish fish
Fruit roll-ups (green)

I found it very easy to cut the fruit roll-ups into strips using a pizza wheel.

Cut the donuts into halves.

Lay the fish on the top of the donut.

Wrap a strip of fruit roll-up around the fish and donut so it looks like a piece of nori holding it on.

And moving on now to the roll "sushi".
Fruit Roll-Ups (green again)
Dried Fruit or Jellies

Cut the Twinkies into quarters (removing a bit at each end).

Cut the fruit roll-up to match the width of your Twinkie piece.

Wrap it around the outside of the Twinkie.

Then cut the jelly and/or dried fruit into strips and stick into the middle of each Twinkie piece.

Back to the lumpia. Put your deep fryer on about 170 degrees Celsius. Lay a few lumpia into the fryer.

Cook for about 10 minutes.

I also made chicken wings and yakitori!

Before cooking (wings in the oven, yakitori on the BBQ):

After cooking! These were SO GOOD.

Check out the rest of this spread (the tempura didn't turn out quite right...).

My mom made her delicious Chinese chicken salad.

More lumpia... *droooooooool*

I have to say that making and coordinating all this food was challenging but, aside from the unfortunate tempura, it was all worth it!

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