Indonesian Steamed Dumplings ‘ Siomay ‘ Crowned as World’s Best Dumpling by TasteAtlas


Move over, gyoza and Xiao Long Bao; there’s a new dumpling king in town! According to TasteAtlas, a popular online food catalogue, Indonesia’s beloved Siomay has been crowned the #1 dumpling in the world for 2024.

This savoury dish, consisting of steamed fish dumplings, vegetables, and eggs, beat out strong contenders like China’s guotie and tangbao and Japan’s Hamamatsu gyoza to claim the top spot. TasteAtlas awarded Siomay a rating of 4.8, highlighting its unique blend of textures and flavours.

A Glimpse of Indonesian Siomay ( Dumplings )

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The making of Indonesian Dumplings, Source: Frank Zhang

Siomay’s journey begins with its name, which is derived from the Chinese shumai. Believed to have originated with Chinese immigrants who arrived in Indonesia during the Dutch colonial era, Siomay has undergone a beautiful transformation. The traditional shumai, typically filled with pork and encased in wheat flour dough, evolved to incorporate local ingredients and preferences. The most favourite one is Siomay Bandung.

Indonesian Siomay features a delightful mix of Indonesian steamed goodness and is served with peanut sauce. The show’s star is the filling, usually a combination of groundfish (often mackerel or tenggiri), fillet chicken, tofu or shrimp.

This flavorful mixture is then encased in a thin wonton wrapper, shaped into the iconic cone-like form that makes Siomay instantly recognizable. But the magic doesn’t stop there.

Alongside the Siomay, a symphony of other steamed delights often joins the party: plump boiled eggs, perfectly seasoned potatoes, steamed cabbage rolls, and even the slightly bitter surprise of pare (bitter melon) for those who enjoy a flavour streamer contrast. There are several sauce options available like chilli sauce, sesame oil, and fish paste.

Once steamed to perfection, the Siomay awaits its grand finale. A generous drizzle of a rich, peanut-based sauce, both sweet and spicy, is the heart and soul of the dish. This flavorful concoction, often made with chillies, garlic, shallots, and a touch of sweetness, elevates the streamer Siomay experience. A splash of kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) adds another layer of complexity, while a squeeze of fresh lime juice cuts through the richness and adds a refreshing zing.

Have a Taste of The Delicious Siomay Bandung in Indonesia!

The delicious taste of Siomay lies not just in its taste but also in its accessibility. It’s a true street food hero, readily available from bustling street bicycle vendors pushing carts laden with steaming baskets to casual eateries and even upscale restaurants with their unique take on the classic. This Indonesian cuisine, Siomay, is food for everyone and is enjoyed by people of all ages and social classes.

TasteAtlas’ recognition is a testament to the enduring popularity of Siomay in Indonesia. It’s a dish that transcends regions, with variations across the archipelago. The most famous iteration perhaps hails from Bandung, which is known for its generous portions and flavorful peanut sauce. However, Siomay’s adventures don’t stop there. From the seafood-centric versions found in coastal areas to the vegetable-filled vegetarian options, Siomay caters to diverse palates.

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