Jul 21, 2012

Siomai (Steamed Dumpling)

Siomai using lumpia wrapper

Filipinos love Chinese food so it follows that one of Pinoys' favorite snacks is siomai.

Siomai as Filipinos call it is also called as Shumai which according to Wikipedia is also called pork dumplings (although oftentimes other types of dumplings could also be filled with pork). It is a type of traditional Chinese dumplings served in dim sum.  Dim sum refers to a style of Chinese food prepared as small bite-sized or individual portions of food traditionally served in small steamer baskets or on small plates.

If you are like me who currently lives in Middle East with my family, then I guess, siomai is hard to find or it's worth like gold.  So the best way to have it is to prepare it by yourself.  After this, you'll never miss siomai again :)

1 kilo ground beef
1 medium-sized onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, diced
1-2 medium-sized carrot (used as extender)
5 tbsp. sesame oil (this will give an authentic flavor)
1 tsp. salt
1 large egg
ground pepper to taste

Siomai using wonton wrapper

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Scoop 1 tbsp. of the mixture into a siomai wrapper, fold and seal
  3. Arrange the siomai in a steamer and steam for about 10-15 minutes, depending on the type of wrapper you used.  If you are using wonton wrapper, steaming might take longer and it is the other way around if you are using rice paper or lumpia wrapper
  4. Best served and eaten with chili sauce

Happy Cooking!

Cheers :)



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