While siomai has its roots in Chinese cuisine, it has long reached the heart of every Pinoy. Siomai stalls can practically be seen anywhere, from streets to malls. This street food has so many variations that might make you wonder if there’s still a way for it to become a hit business idea.
For the family of Barrientos, their siomai business has been thriving for 17 years. But, they hit the jackpot when they started to finds ways to make sure it’s top-notch quality. Teresita Barrientos’s homemade Ayo’s Siomai is a favorite snack among their neighbors. Every day, their siomai was always sold out. The secret is they use pure ground pork with no additives.
Looking back, Teresita losing her job amid the pandemic paved the way for her to focus on their siomai business.
“Laging ubos. Pinapadala an rin sa amin kasi nagdadala na rin kami sa trabaho. Pero nagsara young kompanyang tinatrabuhan ko kaya sabi ng tatay ko, magtinda na lang kami nito. ” Teresita shared on GMA’s Pera Paraan.
Their capital was only P500 and she and her husband decided to work on two separate stalls in different locations to maximize their market. Back then, Teresita said it was difficult to manage a street stall business because they would be apprehended by the authorities. Their first stall was also not doing well.
But, instead of giving up, Teresita turned to social media to promote their business. She was surprised that siomai became a “blockbuster” hit. “Naku, eto na. Sabi ko salamat Lord,” she recalled.
Before they could barely earn enough to cover their overhead in a day, now they earn 5-digits every day. Teresita said they could even reach P50,000 a day in selling their business. She also offered jobs to their neighbors who wanted to look for a way to earn.
Teresita’s word of advice
Perseverance and hard work are the keys to entrepreneurial success, according to Teresita. “Huwag susuko, dapat kailangan laban lang para maabot natin ang mga pangarap natin,” she said. Teresita’s story is another reminder to believe in your products and work hard to achieve your goal.
How to make homemade siomai
For the ingredients, prepare salt, pepper, crushed onions, egg, ground pork. Mix everything together. In one kilo of ground pork costing P600, they can make 90 pieces of siomai. Fold and prepare the ground pork in a dumpling wrapper. Steam it for 10 minutes. Don’t overcrowd your steamer.