Home-based Food Business Idea: Pork Siomai Recipe

Siomai or dumpling is originally from China, but it has won the hearts of Filipinos from different places and from all walks of life. In fact, you’ll easily spot a stall, eatery or restaurant selling pork siomai in almost any place in the Philippines.

Served steamed or fried, it is usually eaten with soy sauce mixed with calamansi or chilli as dipping sauce. You can eat it as is or serve it with rice, the Pinoy food staple.

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There are many varities of siomai but pork siomai remains to be the favorite of many siomai lovers. Aside from pork, this variety makes use of shrimps as well as mushrooms as the main ingredients.

Starting a home-based siomai business is quite easy as it will only require a small capital and minimal labor. You can even operate the business all by yourself. Just make sure that you’ll come up with unique marketing ideas that will make your product stand-out from a sea of competitors.

Here’s a basic and simple recipe for pork siomai. 


  • 2 1/2 lbs ground pork
  • 1 cup minced shrimp
  • 1 1.2 cups minced white mushroom
  • 2 cups minced water chestnuts
  • 5 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 1 cup minced carrots
  • 1 pack won ton wrapper
  • 1/4 cup minced scallions
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 piece raw egg
  • water for steaming


  1. Except for water and wanton wrapper, combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  2. Using won ton wrapper, wrap the mixed ingredients. You may follow instructional videos for easy procedure.
  3. Steam the wrapped siomai for 15 to 25 minutes. Keep in mind  that the time of steaming depends in the size of each individual piece. For instance, bigger siomai requires more time of steaming.
  4. You may now serve with kikkoman soy sauce with calamansi or lemon dip.

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