Steamed Rice Cebu & Dimsum Break Version

Steamed Rice Cebu & Dimsum Break Version

Steamed Rice Cebu & Dimsum Break Version

This steam rice recipe is a very popular fast food in Cebu. It’s a famous dish of Harbour City and Dimsum Break owned by the same corporation. This steam rice is not your typical boiled rice, in fact, it is a saucy rice topping with a mix of pork and shrimp. It’s literally a complete meal served in a cup-bowl then paired with a Chinese Chili Oil.

I admit that I am addicted to their steam rice, and for so many times I have attempted to replicate this dish. So after so many attempts I think I finally cracked the code, aka “hacked” the recipe in a modest way of cooking. This recipe though doesn't have pork since there's none in my fridge, but please feel free to use shrimps for this dish.  So ladies and gents, here’s my version of Cebu’s Steam Rice.


½ kilo pork belly – bones and skin removed, sliced into cubes, then set aside the pork bones

1 ½ thumbsize of ginger – finely chopped

3 pcs. star anise

3 cloves of garlic – chopped

1 medium size red onion – chopped

½ flour

¼ cup fish sauce

2 tablespoon of sesame oil

¼ cup corn starch

1 tablespoon white sugar

¼ cup soy sauce (marinade)

¼ cup soy sauce (for sauce)

¼ cup green peas

1 ½ liter of water

1 tablespoon black peppercorn

Vegetable oil for deep frying


Fried Rice Mixture:

7 cups of cooked rice

¼ cup of soy sauce


  1. Marinate the pork in soy sauce for 15 minutes, then coat with flour.
  2. Heat the oil and flash fry the pork meat for 15 to 20 seconds. Set aside.
  3. Using a large pot, saute the onions and ginger for a few seconds then followed by the garlic.
  4. Add the pork bones from earlier and cook ‘til slightly brown. By the way, the more pork bones you have, the better the taste. J
  5. Add the fried pork from earlier. Stir for a minute.
  6. Then add the water, star anise, peppercorns, fish sauce, sugar, and soy sauce. Let it boil in medium heat for 15 minutes.
  7. Add the green peas.
  8. Mix the cornstarch with ½ cup of water, then add to the broth mixture, then slowly mixing all the ingredients ‘til the broth turns thick in consistency.
  9. Using a serving bowl, scoop a portion of the rice, then layer with the saucy toppings.
  10. And voila! Serve and enjoy this famous Cebu Steam Rice.

Fried Rice Procedure:

  1. On a separate wok, add a portion of the vegetable oil from earlier, then the rice. Stir for a minute or two.
  2. Then add the soy sauce, stir again for another minute, then set aside.

You can also pair this Dimsum Break Steam Rice with my homemadeChinese Chili Oil



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