Adobo and Lumpia

Relationship: Child of im/migrant

My family has a deep appreciation for food, particularly the dishes crafted by my grandma.  The distinctive aroma of soy sauce and black pepper, paired with the annoying process of wrapping lumpia, fills our kitchen. Every family gathering and special occasion is marked by preparing two beloved Filipino dishes: adobo and lumpia. Traditionally, both my grandma and my mother took charge of making these dishes. Following my grandma's passing, my mom has continued to be the primary cook for these dishes. Although adobo and lumpia are not primarily for major celebrations like Christmas or New Year's, they hold a special place in our monthly routine. The act of making lumpia serves as a bonding experience, bringing our family together, and creating long-lasting family conversation. The feeling of family fills my heart and the nostalgic feeling during these cooking sessions, with the loss of my grandma, creates an emotional environment, especially for my mom. Adobo, with its straightforward preparation, and lumpia, using common ingredients like carrots and ground pork, stands out. However, the steps involved in making lumpia contribute to its complexity. These dishes are often the highlight of parties and now the longing dishes for my family and I. Adobo and lumpia play a pivotal role in bringing a group of family together. Witnessing my family and others savoring these dishes brings immense joy, a love that resonates with my grandma. These two dishes left a lasting impression on how I perceive food, highlighting the happiness it brings to my family’s lives. 

Place(s): Philippines

– Sebastian Mondala

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant