Charleston, SC Featured Foodie

Featured Foodie: Lumpia Dad

September 23, 2016

There’s a shameful lack of quality filipino food in Charleston. But luckily, this month’s Featured Foodie, Jakie Blunt AKA the Lumpia Dad, wants to change that, one batch of lumpia at a time.

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Photo: provided

I got to sample some of his homemade lumpia (made from a generation’s-old family recipe, and let me tell you: this stuff is delicious!

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Festive plates not included.

When you contact Jakie, he gives you a whole batch (your choice of pork or beef), which he delivers frozen. You then take them home and cook them yourself in a little oil. It’s very easy and they make a great appetizer or snack! Jakie recommends you serve them with Mae Ploy Sweet Chili sauce (I didn’t have any of that, so I used some pepper jelly I had in the cupboard and it was also delicious).

Easy peasy!

Easy peasy!

In his own words:

“The lumpia recipe has been passed down from generation to generation. For me (and I imagine many other Filipinos) Lumpia isn’t just an awesome snack; it’s a way of life. My mom had 9 brothers and sisters so growing up in that kind of environment, there were a lot of cookouts. I can still remember gigantic bowls with Lumpia filling and family members of all ages sitting around the table rolling Lumpia and having a good time. I identified early on that Lumpia meant community. It meant bonding with your elders, getting and giving life advice, and hearing all of the latest gossip.

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Provided

My mom shared the recipe with me when I was in my early 20s. With a family of my own, I took great pleasure in bonding with my daughter and wife, teaching them the techniques my mom taught me. When we moved to South Carolina I noticed that the availability of Filipino food was scarce and I couldn’t live without my Lumpia. So I decided to bring the spirit of community and bonding through Lumpia to the lowcountry!”

Order your own lumpia by contacting Jakie on Facebook or via email at:Β lumpiadad@gmail.com

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  • Meg Taylor September 28, 2016 at 10:56 am

    This looks delicious, and you’re definitely right, for all the food in Charleston, there is certainly a lack of Filipino influence!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

  • Gillian September 28, 2016 at 11:12 am

    I agree with Meg, this looks so yummy! He needs to open a restaurant!

    • Queen of the Food Age September 28, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      I think the plan is for him to open a late-night lumpia food stand on King Street…here’s hoping he succeeds!

  • Caroline Tan October 2, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    There are many different kinds of lumpia in Filipino culture. This is lumpia shanghai. Fried and delicious. Next time ask your friend if he can make you fresh lumpia. It has tons of veggies in it, tofu, shrimp, and pork then wrapped in a spring roll wrapper. (not fried) Sooooo good!

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