Kikiam is a sausage-like dish that has a Chinese origin. It was adopted right away ever since it was introduced in the Philippines. In fact, there have been many Filipino recipes that incorporate it as an ingredient; loming batangas and some versions of pancit canton are just a few examples.
Making kikiam is relatively easy. If you were able to make lumpiang shanghai before, then you can easily make kikiam. There are 3 major processes: mix and wrap, steam, and fry. First, you will need to mix all the ingredients then wrap them in bean curd sheets (also called tawpe). Next is to steam the wrapped kikiam. The last step is to pan-fry it for a few minutes.
It might be easier to purchase the bean curd sheet in the Philippines compared to locations such as North America. You are lucky if you live near a China town in your area. As for me, I got the sheets online. I ordered it from a website in Hong-kong and had it delivered to me in Chicago. It came in as a dry sheet, so I needed to soak it in water before using.
Before I forget, you should only fry the ones that you plan to consume right away. You may freeze steamed kikiam for a month for other future consumption. Fried kikiam goes well with sweet and sour sauce.
Try this Kikiam recipe. Let me know what you think.
- 1 lb. ground pork
- 1/2 lb. shrimp, minced
- 1 medium carrot, minced
- 1 medium onion, minced
- 1 tablespoon five spice powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch diluted in 2 tablespoons water
- 6 pieces bean curd sheets (tawpe)
- 1 cup cooking oil
- In a large mixing bowl, combine pork, shrimp, carrot, onion, five spice powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
- Lay a piece of bean curd sheet flat on a table. Scoop a decent amount of pork mixture and arrange it at one end of the bean curd sheet.
- Fold the top and bottom ends of the bean curd sheets and then roll the sides until a sausage-like figure is formed. Dip your fingers in the cornstarch mixture and run it on the end of the bean curd sheet. This will help secure the kikiam.
- Prepare the steamer. Pour-in 4 cups of water and let boil. Arrange the kikiam in the steamer and then steam for 20 to 25 minutes.
- Remove from the steamer and then set aside. Note: You can place some in the freezer for later use once the temperature goes down or you can fry everything at once.
- Heat the cooking oil in a pan.
- Pan-fry the kikiam until the wrapper turns golden brown.
- Remove from the pan and then slice into serving pieces.
- Serve. Share and enjoy!
Number of servings (yield): 4