Be the Next King of Balls: Easy Homemade Kikiam

July 12, 2018

Along with the shabu-shabu fish balls and beef pares, today’s post should help fulfill your great dream of becoming the brand name of choice among street carts and carinderias. With this homemade kikiam recipe, you can push through with your new entrepreneurial venture as a hawker and start building  your empire of street food. Soon, conyo kids will be riding jeeps to make tusok your fish balls, the 5-peso coin will be redesigned to bear your image, and your reputation as THE King of Balls will have traffic enforcers giving you VIP treatment (sans wang-wang).

But first, get over your fear of sputtering hot oil and get cooking.

Homemade Kikiam

Total Time: 30 minutes / Yield: 12 rolls


  • 1 kg ground pork
  • 2 cups red onions, chopped
  • 1/3 cup minced garlic
  • 1 cup minced carrots
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tsp iodized salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1-2 tsp five-spice powder
  • Dry bean curd sheets
  • Oil, for frying


  1. Mix together all ingredients except the bean curd sheets. Make sure to mix it very well to evenly distribute seasonings.
  2. Divide meat mixture into 12 portions. Layer down a piece of bean curd sheet. Add in meat mixture and roll like a spring roll. Repeat with the rest.
  3. Steam kikiam for 15 minutes. Cool and keep.
  4. To serve, heat an inch-deep of oil in a pan. Deep fry kikiam in medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Slice before serving.


  1. Once steamed, you can store kikiam in the freezer for up to a month. Just defrost before deep-frying.
Mikka Wee Mikka Wee

Mikka Wee is former editor of and was part of the team until she got whisked away to Singapore in 2016 where she worked in advertising and eventually found herself back in the food industry. She currently does marketing work for two popular Singaporean dessert brands and is a weekly columnist for The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s lifestyle brand, She has always been crazy about travel, food, and her dog Rocket.

17 comments in this post SHOW

17 responses to “Be the Next King of Balls: Easy Homemade Kikiam”

  1. Are beancurd sheets available in all supermarkets?

  2. Where do you buy beancurd sheets? Thanks!

  3. […] Pepper.Ph Share this:EmailTumblrRedditPrintFacebookTwitterDiggStumbleUponPinterestLinkedInLike this:LikeBe […]

  4. monic masacayan says:

    i want to make kikiam

  5. tumbler says:

    i want to make som food

  6. Saucy says:

    Uy, any suggestions for Kikiam sauce recipes?

  7. […] (meaning mostly starch). After having read two articles on making kikiam from my favorite blogs here and here, I decided that I should maybe try doing it just to see if I would enjoy it as well. For […]

  8. […] the stuff abound in the streets and in the malls. We’ve also featured a great, easy recipe for it here. The bean curd skin-wrapped treat is still stuffed with ground pork and vegetables, but most local […]

Leave a Reply

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

Keep on