Siomai Sa Tisa: Everyone’s Favorite!

If there’s a certain Cebuano food that got REALLY noticed this year, it has got to be the Siomai of Tisa.

If I’m not mistaken, one of the very first siomai stalls in Tisa was that tiny little stall named “Walay Tugpahay.” The Siomai Sa Tisa quickly became a phenomenon and people from as far as Mandaue would flock to Tisa to enjoy this perfect late-night snack. Each siomai is sold at PhP6. It goes well with siopao (see picture,) batchoy, puso (hanging rice,) pancit canton, lumpia shanghai, and of course, a bottle of soda!

The world-famous steamed Siomai (and Siopao) of Barangay Tisa, Cebu City!

How many pieces of siomai can you finish in one sitting?

‘Way Tugpahay Siomai’ sold at only PhP 6 a piece

The siomai is served in small platters. Each platter comes with a toothpick (to pick the siomai with,) some kalamansi, and a serving of the iconic chilli sauce.


Have you tasted the Siomai sa Tisa? What do you think about it? Let us know in the comments below!

35 thoughts on “Siomai Sa Tisa: Everyone’s Favorite!

  1. omg! my mom and sis were so crazy about those things!last month pag-uli nako kada semana gyud sila papalit ana.nanimaho na ug hipon amo kitchen usahay gud tungod anang sauce. di lang ko kakaon kay allergic man ko sa hipon sayanga lagi! IL,USA

  2. oh man, i miss punta/labangon! kada kadlawon ko mag-istar diha sa siomaian saona. usahay ug mahubog paluto dayon ug noodles sa way tugpahay! those were the days…

    btw, wa mo kabantay nga halos kada lugar naa juy “Siomai Sa Tisa” nga stall. i’ve seen one in Opon. Maskin ngari gani sa Danao naa gihapon(atbang sa mitsumi).

  3. mao na tingali ni ang pinakadaghan ug generic branches nga pungko2x food sa pinas. hahaha… you can’t find batchoy sa lupe in calamba or bolabola lahug in lapulapu. sikat na kaayong way tugpahay! hehehe

  4. good day. i want to have my own siomai sa tisa business. do you have any franchise? please send me some details. thanks….

    1. hi! im jeremie im from cebu. im not connected with siomai sa tisa but im willing to do business with you. our family used to have siomai and siopao business before right across chong hua hospital way back 2005 until the robinsons corp. bought the the whole lot and built the cybergate. if you are interested i can make a sample dish for you. here is my 09176314824. thank you!

  5. Can you please give me you contact number so we can inquire about the business, I am very interested in franchising. hoping for your response soon. Thank You.

    1. hi! im jeremie from cebu. im not connected with siomai sa tisa but my family used to have the same business. im willing to do business with you if you are interested. i can make a sample for you to try our product. here is my number 09176314824

  6. bro’s i really want to taste d original siomai sa tisa… any of you can tell me d complete address of the main branch in tisa labangon…. im kinda far… im from danao and i really want to go to the place where it all begins…. if any of you can read…. please do inform me… and if you have a sun cel fon… please do txt me…. 09239227124…. please help me

  7. Siomai sa tisa is well intriguing with its taste and popularity. Can i have your contact number so we could have a business deal? I am so interested in franchising. Or email me, Thanks & hoping for your response.

  8. just heared this a few days ago. is it true that the meat that they are using in siomai sa tisa dw is sodas? that is why barato dw kau compare sa dimsum house na siomai.. for those who didnt know kung unsa ang sodas, you can ask sa grocery sa meat section.. omg.. siomai sa tisa eater rba jud ko.. anyone pls confirm.

  9. kuan ,, bawt sa siomai sa tiSa bah….
    wala moy lain pang knowledge ana….[pwede i-dig deeper pa ang infO, BAwt SIOMAI SA TISA],,,i NEED to get the story of it,,,, vey important matter

  10. nig uli jud nako next yr pohon pohon, kaon jud ko ani., naglaway na ko sa mga comment btw soimai sa tisa., lami jud ug affordable..,,, of course noh…??? i will patronize my barangay tisa., kay taga tisa jud tawn ko.,

  11. I’m having a term paper for my economics class and since I am from brgy tisa, I am having siomai sa tisa as my topic… anyone who can suggest where I can find more facts about siomai sa tisa?

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