After spending a lovely but blustery morning fishing from Okaloosa Pier, we came upon Nellie’s Lumpia in Fort Walton Beach. Self-described as an “unfussy strip-mall joint offering a buffet of Filipino staples, including lumpia & chicken adobo,” Nellie’s is reasonably priced and absolutely delicious. What’s not to love about piping hot, savory deep fried spring rolls filled with pork and cheese (below left) or beef and veggies (below right), served with a sweet and tangy chili dipping sauce? Yum!

The Global Recipe Project cookbook contains a fantastic recipe for authentic lumpia. Bee at Rasa Malaysia also offers an approachable recipe to try. Whether you make them in your own kitchen or pick up a batch from a Filipino diner, I hope you try these amazing snacks. Life is short. Eat happy food!

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