If there is one thing that there is no shortage of at Disney Parks, it is a ton of mouthwatering and delicious food. Whether you are craving something sweet, something savory, a full meal, or something quick that you can eat on the go, you are sure to find something incredible to eat.
One of the worst parts about coming home from your Disney trip is that you no longer have access to all that great food. Over the years, Guests have come up with their own imitation recipes to help them get their Disney fix, and Disney has even released some recipes, so you can make their yummy food yourself.
One of Disney World’s more unique and popular dishes is their Pongu Lumpia that can be found at Pongu Pongu in Pandora at Animal Kingdom. Lumpia is basically a spring roll that is popular in Indonesia and the Philippines and can be made with sweet or savory ingredients. Disney World’s Pongu Lumpia is stuffed with sweet pineapple and delicious cream cheese to give it a slight tang that counterbalances the sweet perfectly.
Here is how you can make Walt Disney World’s Pongu Lumpia right from the comfort of your own kitchen and feel like you are back in Pandora.
What You’ll Need
- 10 spring roll wrappers
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
- 2 cups diced fresh pineapple
- 1/2 cup sugar, divided
- Oil for frying (enough to fill about one inch in your pan)
To begin making your lumpia, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Then separate your spring roll wrappers – be careful since they are delicate and can tear easily. Cover the spring roll sheets in a damp paper towel to keep the spring roll wrappers from drying out.
Cut your softened cream cheese into ten equal portions. Then, lay one of your spring rolls out on your cutting board. Place one piece of the cream cheese in the center of the wrapper and spread it evenly over the wrapper – but make sure to leave a ¾ inch border around the edge (this will be important for sealing). On top of the cream cheese layer, add 3 tablespoons of the diced pineapple, then sprinkle that with a ½ teaspoon of sugar.
Begin to roll in one edge of the wrapper towards the center, then fold in the sides of the wrapper and keep rolling. Moisten the other edge of the spring roll wrapper to seal in the mixture. Repeat the same process for the rest of the spring roll wrappers.
Once all of your wrappers are complete, place the lumpia on the lined baking sheet and stick in the freezer for at least 4 hours, but you can keep them in overnight if you want.
When the lumpia’s are frozen and set, take them out of the freezer and begin to heat up your oil to 350° — you can use a candy thermometer to keep track of the oil’s temperature. Once the oil is hot enough, fry your lumpia for 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
*Note* Do not put too many lumpia in the pan at once our the temperature of your oil will drop too much.
When you take the rolls out of the oil, place them on a paper towel to soak up the excess oil. Then roll them in the remaining sugar.
Finally, the last, and most important, step. ENJOY!