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How to Cook Siopao

Siopao is the Filipino version of the Chinese baozi (steamed buns). It is also called salapao in Thailand.

It is a popular food item in the Philippines. It does not require utensils to eat and can be consumed on-the-go.

Several stuffings can be used such as pork, chicken, beef, shrimp, eggs, and possibly chopped scallions and water chestnuts as well.

But even flour is expensive , you can still have siopao with lots of dough. If you think there is too much dough or bread but not enough filling in commercial siopao then it’s time to cook some home-made siopao.

Ingredients :

For the pork asado filling :

400 g. of ground pork
1 tsp. of finely minced garlic
1 onion, halved and sliced thinly
3-4 tbsp. of soy sauce
1 star anise or cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
ground black pepper
2-3 tbsp. of sugar
1 tsp. of cooking oil
1/4 c. of water
1 tsp. of cornstarch

For the bola-bola filling :

400 g. of ground pork
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tsp. of finely minced garlic
1 carrot, grated
3/4 tsp. of salt
1/2 tsp. of ground pepper
1 egg, beaten
10 quail eggs, hard-boiled and shelled

For the siopao dough :

1-1/2 cups of lukewarm water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon dry yeast
4-1/2 cups of rice flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
extra flour and cooking oil

20 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 pcs of kitchen wax paper

Cooking procedure :

Prepare the pork asado filling

Heat a small saucepan. Pour in the oil. Over high heat, brown the ground pork. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the water and cornstarch. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring often. Disperse the cornstarch in the water and pour into the pan. Cook, stirring, until the mixture is thick and almost dry. Set aside.
Prepare the bola-bola filling

Mix together all the ingredients except the quail eggs. Form the ground pork mixture into 10 portions. Cover each quail egg with a portion of the ground pork and form into a ball. Set aside.
Prepare the siopao dough

Sprinkle the yeast and 2 tbsp. of sugar over the lukewarm water. Let stand 10 minutes, or until bubbly, without stirring


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