Siopao Asado (Filipino Steamed Pork Buns)

Siopao Asado

Sweet, rich, and relax in your mouth pork asado braised perfectly encompassed by an excessively fragile and pillowy steamed buns–this siopao asado will satisfy any hunger craving.

My people’s fundamental road for friendship was food, so I grew up snacking on siopao through various family undertakings and voyages just to guarantee I was continually dealt with and not testy. In fact, even as an adult, I love keeping these in the cooler or buying extra at the store to keep accessible.

Siopao or hot buns is a type of dumpling with a sweet pork filling. It can be consumed anytime of the day. I personally love to have this for brunch along with a bowl of hot beef mami. This siopao asado recipe will guide you on how to make it at home.

What is siopao asado?

Siopao Asado, explained “shoo-pow,” is a Filipino steamed meat bun that shows the effect from Chinese outsiders and moreover Spanish colonialists. Siopao looks generally equivalent to Vietnamese bánh bao, and Chinese burn siu bao, beside it’s much greater in size every so often. I’ve had siopao that was more prominent than the size of a grasp hand!

For the most part, siopao and consume siu bao have similar white, steamed, and sweet buns, yet they fluctuate in their fillings. The siopao asado filling is made of a braise and thereafter a stew of pork shoulder, hoisin, mollusk sauce, and various trimmings, while consume siu bao is delivered utilizing cooked pork separated into a thick red sauce of five-zing, sesame oil, and various trimmings.

The asado filling may have had sway from Spanish colonialists due to its practically identical name as Mexican carne asada, anyway it’s comparable qualities end there. The name asado starts from the Spanish word that implies “fire cooked,” and Philippine asado created from grilled to braised and stewed meat.

siopao asado filling in a holder

These days you can find siopao at various Filipino restaurants, bread kitchens, and markets that sell various sorts and flavors. They similarly have a substitute stepping at the top to suggest which flavor is which.

While there are moreover various fillings like siopao bola (a meatball variation), I lean toward siopao asado considering the way that I love the sweet stewed and peppered flavor. For this version, I included cut, percolated eggs as a standard extra–reliably add eggs to everything!

How to Cook Siopao Asado

Presently we are prepared to make the mixture. Continuously allude to the formula beneath for the point by point guidance. Watch the cooking video that I remembered for this formula post to manage you further.

Enact the yeast and feed it. Do this by emptying yeast into a bowl of warm water and include sugar. Yeast is a living life form that takes care of with sugars and starches. This fixing helps make our siopao asado bun rise and get delicate.

The whole cycle can be overpowering to amateurs. Attempt to assemble related strides to make it more straightforward. It is essential to have an away from of what should be done and the normal outcome. We should treat the yeast enactment measure for instance. Treat it as a smaller than usual cycle inside the whole mixture making methodology.

Siopao Asado

Since you have the yeast prepared, the time has come to join the base elements of the batter. These are flour, preparing powder, shortening, and the yeast blend. Combine everything and afterward massage a while later. Massaging is the name of the cycle when making mixture. The fundamental mixture fixings are combined by hand until batter is shaped. This should likewise be possible effectively by utilizing a stand blender with mixture snares connected.

Plying can be exceptionally tiring. Take a rest. Let the batter that you massaged rest too. 1 hour ought to be sufficient to recapture your quality. It is likewise enough for the batter to rise.

We are nearly finished with the mixture. Work it some more after it rose, and afterward cut into singular bits. Level these segments. That is it!

Collecting Siopao and Steaming

I unequivocally recommend viewing the video beneath perceive how this is finished. The thought is to put the meat filling between the leveled mixture and secure it. This may be dubious from the start, however you will become accustomed to it.

Steam the siopao for fifteen minutes. Remember to make your natively constructed siopao sauce.

You can appreciate this tasty Siopao Asado whenever of the day. It tends to be had for breakfast, lunch, nibble, and even supper. I realize that its unwieldy to get ready siopao physically. Manipulating occupies time and energy. You can generally manipulate the mixture utilizing an uncompromising stand blender to abstain from applying a lot of exertion. The impact will basically be the equivalent.



  • 1 ½ lb pork shoulder/butt cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic (5 cloves) minced
  • 1 c yellow onion (half yellow onion) chopped
  • 4 c water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce


  • 470 g all purpose flour (4 c)
  • 100 g cornstarch (¾ c )
  • 10 g baking powder (2 tsp)
  • g instant active yeast (2 ¼ tsp)
  • 100 g white sugar (½ c)
  • 9 oz water (1 c)
  • 2 oz vegetable oil (¼ c) plus a little extra for greasing the mixing bowl

Asado filling

  • 1 ½ braised pork shoulder from above
  • 1 ½ c pork broth from braised pork
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp hoisin
  • 4 tsp dark brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 tbsp water


  • 3 boiled eggs sliced into quarters lengthwise


  • stand mixer
  • rolling pin
  • Steamer


  • Cook the Asado filling by heating the shortening in a pan
  • Saute the garlic and onions
  • Put-in the pork and cook until the color of the outer part turns light brown
  • Add the soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, and sugar then mix well. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Put in the corn starch (diluted in water) and mix until the texture of the sauce becomes thick. Set aside.
  • Make the dough by placing warm water in a bowl then add the yeast and sugar and mix well. Leave the mixture for 10 to 15 minutes
  • In a mixing bowl, put-in the flour, baking powder, shortening (or lard), and the yeast-sugar-water mixture then mix well (bubbles should have formed on top by then).
  • Knead the combined mixture until the texture of the dough becomes fine. Let the dough rise by setting it aside for at least an hour (place in the mixing bowl and cover the top ).
  • Knead the dough again then cut into individual slices (this will be the dough per individual siopao).
  • Flatten the dough until a round shape is formed using a rolling pin.
  • Put the asado filling on the middle of the flattened dough and wrap. (refer to the video for the technique if interested)
  • Place the siopao in a steamer and steam for 15 minutes.
  • Serve hot with Panlasang Pinoy Siopao Sauce. Share and enjoy!

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