Welcome back, Geeky Gluttons, to another episode of Munchies & Minis!
For those just joining us, Munchies & Minis is my tabletop RPG-inspired live cooking show. Once a week, I make a snack or meal to pair with a side of dice rolls. You can catch me on Twitch (unless indicated otherwise on social media) Wednesday nights at 7 pm EST.
In our last video, we hit up D&D’s Volo’s Guide to Waterdeep for some chicken and cheese pasties from Felzoun’s Folly. This week, we go to Hong Kong, Shadowrun: Hong Kong that is, for some post-apocalyptic Filipino lumpia.
Shadownanny Knows Best
As you might remember from my post for Hughfries and Currywurst, Shadowrun is a cyberpunk RPG of a not too distant future where magic returns to the world, but the corporations run everything. The game’s name comes from the term “shadowrunners,” the non-affiliated mercenaries hired to perform the less-than-legal activities from assassination to corporate espionage.
Shadowrun: Hong Kong is the third in a series of computer games based on this world. In this story, your character travels to Hong Kong after receiving a cryptic message from your foster father. Instead, you find your foster brother, the shadowrunners hired to escort you, and open gunfire from the local authorities. You and your brother have been framed as terrorists. So until you find out your father’s fate, you must become shadowrunners.
And as you run back and forth past the looming Walled City, you find your missing father and the mass nightmares plaguing its residents have more in common than it seems.
So today’s recipe is from a short encounter between you and another shadowrunner, Rosario Ignacio. Known by “Cherry Pink” by some, but most others as “The Shadownanny,” this Pinoy orc lady keeps the kiddies in line when their parents are slinging guns or blowing up buildings. It’s a brilliant business venture, really. When raising a family also involves raising hell, the Shadownanny is the discreet solution.
Rosario rules the roost with compassion, attitude, cybernetic fists, and freshly fried lumpia. What is lumpia? “Crispy and delicious” Filipino spring rolls “full of pork…or whatever pork-flavored substitute is on sale. It’s important to be frugal.”
Speaking of frugality, I know I’ve brought up Shadowrun’s food scarcity in previous posts. Pollution wrecked most arable land. So corporations upped the profits through quickly-grown or farmed foodstuffs — soy, krill, fungus, seaweed. That said, if one of the Shadownanny’s clients managed to score a sizable profit and their kid had a birthday coming up, I’d figure pork could be on the menu.
So with that, I made some tasty sesame and soy-sauteed pork filling using tiny shrimp, carrot, and seaweed salad. As the game takes place in Hong Kong and the Shadownanny refers to the lumpia being crispy, I figured this dish would be similar to Shanghai-style lumpia. Lumpiang Shanghai traditionally comes with dipping sauce, so I made one using sunflower seed butter, brown sugar, and soy sauce.
Want to learn how to make some Shadownanny’s Fried Lumpia for your adventuring party? Watch the video or find out how to get the recipe card below!
Shadownanny’s Fried Lumpia
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