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Pork and Shrimp Siomai 9
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Pork and Shrimp Siomai

Siomai is a type of Chinese dumpling that’s very popular in the Philippines. It’s juicy with the delicious combination of pork and shrimp that will make you salivate.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Filipino
Servings: 52 pieces
Author: Pam from PinoyBites


  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 cup peeled whole shrimps (roughly chopped) (see notes)
  • 1 small can water chestnuts drained and finely chopped
  • ¼ cup green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 pack whole egg dumpling wrapper yellow**
  • 1 small carrot finely minced (topping)
  • Extra whole shrimps for topping (optional)
  • Soy sauce-lemon (calamansi) juice (dipping sauce)
  • Chili oil for dipping (optional)

Here's How:

  • In a large bowl, combine the first 8 ingredients (ground pork, soy sauce, cornstarch, ginger, sesame oil, oyster sauce, sugar, and beaten egg). Mix very well. Make a “claw” with your clean hands and stir it vigorously (and continuously) until mixture is pasty and the meat texture is stringy. Or, you can pick up the mixture with one hand and “slap” it a few times in the bowl.
  • Pat the shrimps and water chestnuts with paper towels again to make sure there’s no extra moisture. Then, add to the mixture followed by the green onions. Mix very well to combine.
  • Form a “cup” with one hand and place one wrapper on top. Add 1 tablespoon of the mixture in the middle and push the mixture towards the “hole” of your hand with a spoon. Gently squeeze the wrapper as you push it down (make sure the filling covers the top). Flatten bottom of siomai on the counter. Repeat with the rest. (see step-by-step photos below)
  • Top each siomai with a pinch of the minced carrots or one whole shrimp (or both).
  • Fill the steamer pot (bottom part) with an inch of water and bring water to a boil. Brush the steamer (where you’ll cook the siomai in) with oil then arrange siomai. Steam on medium for 15 minutes.
  • Carefully remove and serve with a mixture of ¼ cup soy sauce and the juice of half a big lemon or about 3-4 tablespoons of freshly squeezed calamansi juice.


*Siomai wrappers are usually sold in squares. Just get a round cutter to shape them into circles. Or, you can also leave it as is and just wet the corners with water and tuck in the sides of the siomai after filling.
**Mix ¼ teaspoon of salt to the shrimp then rinse whole peeled shrimp in water and make sure to dry it well. Chop and place it on top of paper towels to absorb extra moisture as you prepare the rest of the ingredients.