Food and Wanders

How to make Filipino Siomai

How to make Filipino Siomai

Siomai is a very popular dish in Asia. Philippines being one of them, they are sold everywhere in the cities nearby schools, in the market or in the small convenience store around the neighborhood. Every country has their own version of this recipe. This serves as an appetizer or just a simple snack or better yet with some of your favorite drinks.

I actually got the idea from a group in Facebook sharing their own variations of the recipes. In this recipe I used corn starch instead of  plain flour. Filipino Siomai usually calls for ground pork but instead I used ground turkey. I did not add shrimp either but substituted with lots of spices. If you have mushroom on hand, you can add some and make sure it is minced and red bell pepper would be a perfect addition. So far the ingredients I used was just what I had on hand. You need a steamer if you have it. You can be creative if you don’t have one. Before I purchased a steamer I use a stainless steel bowl to place my food over a pot of boiling water. This works really well when you are just steaming for 2 people but then having a real steamer is very convenient plus it saves you so much time.

I used this kind of wonton wrapper. It is labeled as “thick”.  For the 1 pound turkey it yields 65 pieces. I know it’s sounds like a lot but trust me, It was gone in 2 days considering I only have 2 boys around.


This is how it looks like before steaming. They all look different. This is only my second try and probably still looks the same even on my 10th try. Unless your using a molder for this and it looks like a frozen product. But hey momma’s , our aim here is to make food at home, affordable and it won’t hurt your wallet. So gather all your ingredients and let’s start rolling.

After 25 minutes, this is how it looks like! house smells good and looks perfect! Use a tong to remove it one at a time.


Siomai Recipe
Rate this recipe
Average: 5/5
1 ratings

Prep Time: 50 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Category: Appetizer

Cuisine: Filipino

Yield: 65 pieces

Serving Size: 10

Calories per serving: 47.5 kcal

1.33 g

Saturated fat per serving: 0.26 g

Carbs per serving: 6.52 g

Protein per serving: 2.47 g

Fiber per serving: 0.42 g

Sugar per serving: 0.36 g

Sodium per serving: 60.89 mg

0.01 g

5.54 mg

Siomai Recipe


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 4 medium carrots minced
  • 1 TBSP black pepper
  • ½ corn starch
  • 1 medium onion bulb minced
  • 5 green onions finely chopped
  • 3 TBSP sesame oil
  • 7 to 10 gloves garlic minced
  • 1 TBSP oyster sauce
  • 65 pieces wanton wrapper


  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients until well combined. Cover with a plastic wrap and let it sit in the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Give it another stir before filling your wraps.
  3. Place 1 heaping TBSP of the filling in a wanton wrapper, gently fold all the sides of the wrapper while pressing the sides together leaving the top open.
  4. Garnish the top with some chopped green onions or finely chopped carrots.
  5. Brush some oil in your steamer before arranging them together to prevent sticking.
  6. Make sure the water is boiling before steaming.
  7. Steam for 20 to 25 minutes. I used a thick wanton wrapper so I added another 5 minutes to the cooking process. If using a thin wrapper 20 minutes is enough.
  8. Prepare some sweet garlic sauce for dipping and a glass of apple cider to enjoy this dish!


For the dipping sauce, if you don't have time to make the garlic sauce, simply combined some light soy sauce and lemon juice with sugar for a balanced taste. This is according to your taste preference. Start with 2 TBSP light soy sauce and 1 TBSP lemon juice. Add some sugar to your liking, about a teaspoon. I am sensitive with salt and sweets so I add ingredients slowly until it is my desired taste. I add some water to dilute the salty taste of the soy sauce as well.

Nutrition label for Siomai Recipe


Related Posts

Filipino Lumpia Recipe 

Filipino Lumpia Recipe 

  Lumpia is the Filipino version of an Egg Roll and you can find them at almost any Filipino party. It takes a little bit of preparation, however, it is the first food that will always disappear. Lumpia has several different versions. Some are basic which […]

How to make Filipino Spanish Bread

How to make Filipino Spanish Bread

  I am excited to share with you this Spanish bread recipe, this is quick and easy compared to the recipes I have tried. One thing I noticed with other recipes is the filling is always runny after baking which I don’t really care as […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: