...and all the men and women merely eaters.
The Truck : Lumpia World , locations vary, 206-371-7995.

The Fare : Mostly Filipino, with an emphasis


All the World's a Lumpia

...and all the men and women merely eaters.
The Truck: Lumpia World, locations vary, 206-371-7995.

The Fare: Mostly Filipino, with an emphasis on lumpia.

The Stop: Shanghai lumpia*-- the slimmer, shorter, tastier sibling of your standard Chinese egg roll-- is the name of the game at Lumpia World, a Renton-based, family-owned, Christ-inspired business. And true to its name, Lumpia World is a multifaceted operation: It runs a serious catering service, whips its sleek mauve truck around Seattle's well-trodden truck stops (as well as events and farmers markets in the greater Puget Sound region), and even sells frozen lumpia in 25-piece bags. They proudly hand-roll their lumpia in-house--which is more than you can say for most pop-up lumpia stops--and use vegetable oil for their frying.

Lumpia World also houses other inhabitants: They offer a veggie broth-based Soba Noodle Soup, topped with your choice of "krab," chicken breast, Spam, or tofu, for $5. They also have a daily special, a rotating selection of popular Filipino dishes like veggie pancit or chicken adobo, which often sell out during lunch hours. But at high noon on a day where it was (finally!) too hot for soup, there was no reason to stray from the main event. My eating companion denied me any other option, proclaiming "I've been dreaming of this lumpia for weeks."

Each lumpia is sold per piece at $1.25, but you can opt for the Lumpia Special (pictured, $6), in which you receive a scoop of seasoned rice with four pieces of the following options: Lemongrass Chicken, Ginger Pork, Vegetarian, Ground Steak, or Turon. You're then offered one of the dipping sauces: traditional vinegar, a light, tangy sweet chili, or a bolder peanut hoisin.

Of the savory lumpia, the Lemongrass Chicken was the most outstanding (and was itself the sole subject of my eating companion's dreaming), with Ginger Pork a close second. The Vegetarian lumpia, replete with vermicelli noodles, was a decent if secondary meatless option; the Ground Steak tasted to me a bit like hamburger meat.

But it was the Turon--filled with the squat Saba banana, doused with Ghirardelli chocolate and sprinkled with powdered sugar--that was the most visually dazzling and the most delicious. Equal parts crisp and indulgent, it made the perfect lunchtime dessert.

You can keep tabs on Lumpia World's locations by tuning into their Facebook page and get at their other lines of business via their website. And if you're into that kind of thing, you can pre-order your meal on an Android or iPhone via a mobile app called yorder. (Marination Mobile uses it too.) Ordering take-out at a food truck . . . yep, there's an app for that.

*Lumpia World's FAQ states that theirs isn't a true Shanghai lumpia as it's bigger . . . perhaps we can call it Shanghai-American?

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