Siomai, a deliciously tasty dumpling. Siomai is a dimsum of Chinese origin which is loved by many Filipinos. One can make different kinds of siomai but the base is always pork. The ground meat should have some fat otherwise the cooked siomai will be too tough. Prawns or shrimps can be substituted for part of the pork if desired. Siomai is commonly eaten with a dip composed of a mix of soy sauce, calamansi extract, and chili sauce. The “Original Siomai sa Tisa”, one of my favorite, is very popular in Cebu, it comes with a siomai chili sauce, which has a spicy flavor that complements the dish, partnered with puso (hanging rice) and soft drink.
* 1 kg ground pork (suggested proportion of fat to lean meat is 1:3)
* 1/3 cup chopped water chestnuts or turnips (singkamas)
* 3/4 cup chopped carrots
* 2 tbsp or 4 cloves minced garlic
* 2 medium or 1 large minced onion(s)
* bunch of spring onions or leeks
* 1 egg
* 5 tablespoons sesame oil
* 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 5 g seasonings
* 50 pcs. large or 100 pcs. small wanton or siomai wrapper
* soy sauce, calamansi (lemon or kumquats), sesame oil and chilli paste (for the sauce)
Siomai Cooking Instructions:
- Mix all the ingredients for the filling in a bowl.
- Arrange 10 wrappers in a tray, and weigh 100 g of siomai mixture. Place 2 tsp of meat in each wrapper until nothing is left unfilled. Each wrapper will have 10 grams of siomai.
- To enclose, gather up the edges of the wrapper and gently fold it so that it forms a basket shape, with the top of the filling exposed. Press lightly as you pleat each side. Or, if you don’t want to expose the filling, use a bigger wrapper. Do the same to the remaining meat mixture.
- Meanwhile, boil water and brush steamer with oil.
- When the water gets to a rolling boil, arrange the siomai in the steamer and let stand for 15-20 minutes, longer for larger pieces.
- Serve with soy sauce, calamansi and sesame oil. Chilli paste is optional.
Chili Sauce for Siomai:
* 1/8 kilo Chillies (Siling Labuyo)
* 3 tablespoons cooking oil
* 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
* dried shrimp or meat finely chopped or grind (Adds more flavor but optional)
Siomai Chilli Sauce Cooking Instruction:
- Combine chopped chillies, dried shrimp or meat and minced garlic then simmer for around 20 minutes or till most of the water has evaporated. Add oil, simmer and stir well.
Put your cooked Siomai in a nice packaging when planning to sell it. Siomai can be marketed in schools, offices, or to your neighbors.
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