Earl Stevens, known to many for his stage name E-40, is a huge fan of lumpia.
The American rapper loves the Filipino spring rolls so much that he has become a co-owner of the Lumpia Company in California.
“Being from Vallejo, California, my surroundings [were from] all walks of life, very diverse,” Stevens said in an interview with the food website Eater.
“Filipinos were a big part of Vallejo’s community… some of my best friends are Filipino,” he added. “I ate lumpia with the kids I grew up around, and it became one of my favorite dishes of all time.”
It was San Francisco-based DJ E-rock who introduced Stevens to Lumpia Company founder Alex Retodo.
After Retodo sent a sample of his lumpia to Stevens, the rest was history.
Lumpia Company features a mix of old-school flavors (like the pork and shrimp “Shanghai” lumpia) and fun twists (such as bacon cheeseburger and pork belly sisig lumpia), as well as sweet treats (peach mango lumpia).
Other offerings include soft-serve ice cream, chicken skin, and Filipino rice meals.