PM Cooks: How To Make The Best Tasting Siomai Ever, A Pork Dumpling Recipe

I don’t do many things right but when I hit on something, I totally kill it. This is particularly true with my cooking (or the lack thereof). I can probably count in one hand the number of things I can cook, albeit there’d be a staggering amount of free fingers.

The lovely Mr. Baker chirped I should be cooking more, and really I can see how that will help advance my domestic career. But before I go on breaking new culinary grounds, I’d like to share with you some recipes I know particularly well, in this case, a siomai, sometimes spelled xiomai, or pork dumpling recipe.

First a trivia: I don’t eat siomai at all until my friend Avery made some for a fund raising event. I made the purchase and because I did not want to hurt anyone’s feelings, I ate them. The rest they say is history. I asked for the siomai recipe, tweaked it to my own taste, and have used it to bribe My Man and my sisters ever since. This is actually the best I got, and if you think siomai is lame, I don’t care at all – I like it. πŸ˜€

This siomai recipe is not complicated at all. Considering my kitchen skills, you have to believe me, and the best bit about this is they come out rocking every single time. There are only three steps, four if you add the sauce making part, and that’s it. No need for anything fancy too – just a steamer and some water. How can you go wrong, right?

So if you want to make the best tasting siomai ever, just follow this few simple tricks (It’s quite addicting, use at your own discretion; don’t blame me.):

How To Make The Best Tasting Siomai Ever: PM’s Pork Dumpling Recipe

  • 1/2 kilo ground pork
  • 1 small onion, chopped finely
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 1/2 – 1 Tbsp cilantro, chopped finely
  • 1 regular pack of meaty seasoning mix (I use Maggi Magic Sarap) or 1 regular porkΒ bullion cube, mashed
  • a pinch of salt and pepper (maybe 1/2 tsp. each – I don’t know, I just eyeball it!)
  • a pinch of powdered chili or cayenne pepper (you can substitute regular finely chopped chili or hot sauce, adjust to taste)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pack of molo wrapper, plus water to seal the siomai

1. In a bowl, combine all siomai ingredients using a spoon or your hand to season the ground meat. Massage the meat well to make sure everything goes together and all flavors integrate well. Leave it for at least half an hour.

2. Get a piece of molo wrapper. Dip your finger in water and run along all sides of the molo wrapper. Add about a teaspoon of the flavored meat and place it at the center. Gather all the corners and pinch it together on top. It should be round with flares on top.

3. Take all the wrapped siomai and place it on a steamer. Depending on how many you got on the steamer, it takes anywhere from 30-40 minutes to cook.

4. For the sauce: simply combine soy sauce, vinegar, and calamansi (or lime) in a bowl. Add a bit of sugar to taste. Season with pepper and chili or hot sauce.

I’m afraid that is all there is to the best tasting siomai ever. Do it some time and tell me all about it. Enjoy! πŸ˜€

Photo taken from hereΒ and here. I don’t have my own photo of the siomai I make because they disappear quite quickly every damn time, like my Toblerone cheesecake! Hey, maybe next time we can talk about that recipe. Want to? It’s going to be fab. πŸ™‚

PS. Happy Birthday to Chicken PiΒ πŸ˜€


57 thoughts on “PM Cooks: How To Make The Best Tasting Siomai Ever, A Pork Dumpling Recipe

  1. meron ka pa pong ibang unique pa ung ndi baboy πŸ˜€ nahihirapan kasi ako jan kasi ipinagbabawal kasi sa relihiyun namin :DDDD ano pa ba pwede na inegusyo namag kakasya lahat sa 500 to 1000 na puhunan. im just a 18 years old po pero malikot mag isip πŸ˜€

  2. Hi.. pm πŸ™‚ i have read and watched so many recipe about siomai,but after reading your 3 err 4 steps of making siomai, i will definitely do it now haha. You have fb? Lol or wechat or whatsapp viber anything? lol πŸ™‚ kidding.. thanks for the recipe πŸ™‚ Godbless

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  4. You know, you make it sound so easy I can almost believe I can make them by just reading. Let’s see how i fare next week πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

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  6. hello, PM… this is one of my faves among your posts. love the first paragraph and like the whole story/account. nah, don’t care much how siomai is made, i just gobble them up. now, you deserve some congratulations for upping your culinary skills, that ain’t a small feat. am sure the BF and the sister treat you better since the first time homemade siomai was served. siomai is a great way of siomaing love, eh?^^ hello! haven’t been bloghopping, pasensya na. it’s the flood. πŸ˜‰

    • hey thanks, you’re so sweet. how’s the flood? i hope it did not hassle you much. i’m pretty happy at how this siomai comes out every time. it makes me feel like a kitchen fairy even though i’m not! πŸ˜€

      • hihi, natuwa nga ako how you made”lait” yourself” na agad, haha. my point of view on the matter, cooking can be learned, more or less. but eating is instinctive or instinctual, ahaha. and, siomai is always masarap, yo…;) hello, PM!

        • that is the only hope for me, i guess, that cooking is a skill that can be learned. don’t worry, my resolve to learn is strong because my man is a very hungry man, so no choice really. πŸ˜€

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    • oo, diba commercially may nabibili na shrimp siomai pero i have not tried doing this with anything else apart from pork. alam mo naman ako πŸ˜†

  9. this one’s a revelation! i didn’t know you cook…or steam siomai.

    despite it’s not your photos, it’s effective in making me hungry at almost midnight! (wrong timing!)

  10. Maybe I should make a step by step guide called How To Devour The Best Tasting Siomai Ever. πŸ˜†

    Patikim ako nyan, PM! πŸ˜€

  11. isa sa paborito ko ang siomai. yun ang isang dahilan kaya madalas ako sa chinese restaurants dito. pag-uwi ko, patikim po ng siomai mo ha. nagbebenta ka po? hehe!

    • gumawa ka na lang apollo, kayang-kaya mo yan! you’ll be glad you did it, particularly when it comes out nice πŸ™‚

  12. we bought a bamboo steamer a long time ago and only used it once, to make siopao. it was really good too, but i guess our busy scheds didn’t allow us to follow up that experimental cooking.

  13. They look delicious Prinsesa. If I were to make them could I substitute chicken for the pork? Well since it works great to bribe people maybe I will keep the pork! Thanks for the cameo mention.

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