Viability of Using Squid as Alternative Ingredient in Making Siomai among Selected Senior High School Students and Teachers in Bestlink College of the Philippines
Squid siomai is a type of steamed product that is usually combined with extenders such as garlic, carrots, and ketsay, and then wrapped in wonton wrappers. It is commonly steamed but it can also be fried for a crispy exterior. Siomai is usually prepared with egg yolk and ketsay leaves that served as the reference effect for different nutrients, such as calcium, iron, zinc, and vitamin B12. Sugar and pepper are the main sources of taste and the main ingredients that give siomai a sweet and spicy taste. Siomai can be healthier by adding carrots. The researchers reduced the sugar content and adding a healthier ingredient, that is, squid, which would benefit the Senior High School students of Bestlink College of the Philippines. The researchers used a random sampling technique to select the respondents,including50Grade 12 Senior High School students and 10 Home Economics(HE)teachers inBestlink College of the Philippines. A survey questionnaire was used as the instrument to gather information. It consisted of questions about the demographic information of the respondents and the taste of siomai. The collected data were analyzed and tallied manually. The researchers also gave free taste to the respondents to answer the questions regarding the product. The results of this research showed the results in terms of taste, aroma, nutritional value, and competitiveness. The average grand mean for the students was 3.65, which had the verbal interpretation of strongly agree, while the average grand mean for the teachers was 3.25, which had the verbal interpretation of moderately agree. The researchers concluded the following. The difference between the regular siomai and Squid siomai in terms of taste, aroma, nutritional value, and competitiveness was significant. Many respondents like the squid flavor in the stomach. The researchers recommended eating healthy foods and having a balanced meal every day to avoid getting sick.