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Home » Filipino Recipes » Siopao Recipe (Siopao Asado and Siopao Bola-bola)

Siopao Recipe is a favorite Filipino snack, consisting of a meat filling inside a steamed rice-flour bun, a larger version of Chinese dumplings. It is usually sold as part of dim sum by Chinese-style restaurants.

Siopao Asado is filled with diced pork or beef cooked in soy sauce (with salt and sugar added to taste); its taste and texture a bit like adobo. Indeed, a good use for leftover adobo is siopao filling.

Siopao Bola-bola is a local term for Chinese-style filling; chopped pork and Chinese sausage baked with egg and flour to a consistency akin to meatloaf.

siopao recipe

Siopao Ingredients:

  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 lb cubed pork loin or chicken thighs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cooking oil
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs
  • 2 green onions
  • 4 teaspoons light soy sauce
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in 2 t. water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 6 teaspoons baking powder

Siopao Cooking Instructions:

  • Siopao Dough:
    • Mix flour, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl, set aside.
    • In another bowl dissolve yeast in lukewarm water then add 1 cup of the flour mixture.
    • Mix thoroughly.
    • Cover with a cloth and let rise 1 hour.
    • Meanwhile, dissolve the white sugar in the boiling water.
    • Stir well then let cool to lukewarm.
    • Pour into the yeast mixture, then add the rest of the prepared flour mixture.
    • Stir to blend well.
    • Grease a large bowl.
    • Turn dough out onto a floured board and knead for 3 minutes-you want your dough smooth, not sticky.
    • Place ball into bowl, turn once and cover with a damp cloth.
    • Let rise 2 hours or until doubled.
  • Siopao Filling:
    • Saute the garlic and onions in a small amount of oil in a wok.
    • Add meat and stir fry for 1 minute or until meat is no longer pink.
    • Add soy sauce, oyster sauce and brown sugar.
    • Pour in the dissolved cornstarch and stir fry quickly until meat is glazed well.
    • Remove from heat and let cool.
  • How to make Siopao:
    • Punch down dough and knead on a floured board for 3 to 5 minutes.
    • Divide dough and roll each half into a 12×2 inch log.
    • Cut each into 12 pieces, making 24.
    • Roll each piece into a ball using your hands then rolling it flat into a 3 inch diameter circle.
    • Dust with flour if needed to prevent sticking.
    • Place 1 slice of egg into center of dough round, then 1 T. of filling with sauce.
    • Gather sides of round, pinch together and twist.
    • Place pinched side down on parchment paper and place in steamer.
    • Repeat until done.
    • Cover with a damp cloth and let rise for 1 hour.
    • Steam Siopao for 20 minutes.
    • You can freeze cooked Siopao, simply re-steam for 10 minutes.

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39 Responses

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    May 12th, 2008 at 2:55 pm


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    June 21st, 2008 at 7:54 pm


    i learned a lot,,,,many thanks

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    July 9th, 2008 at 7:02 pm


    all my teacher surprise in my recipe.

    tnx in ur recipe

  4. jeanette redoloso

    July 13th, 2008 at 12:30 pm


    thanks for the siopao i can satisfy my crave for it by making it myself.super delictable!

  5. terri

    July 21st, 2008 at 2:30 am


    how can we make the sauce for the siopao? any suggestions?

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    August 7th, 2008 at 5:59 am


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    December 4th, 2008 at 1:28 pm


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  11. ruel luna

    December 6th, 2008 at 12:43 am


    how about the siopao sauce do you have a recipe?

  12. Joel

    December 11th, 2008 at 6:49 pm


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  13. rick

    December 21st, 2008 at 1:44 am


    siopao sauce? gawgaw powder disolve it in water then add soy sauce and sugar then simmer it.

  14. jaehyo

    December 22nd, 2008 at 1:05 am


    thanks because i really craved for it.i think this asado..

  15. Pinkee

    December 22nd, 2008 at 8:29 am


    another yumyum me andmy husband loves…
    Pinoy foods are always my favorite…
    i can still get them at my favorite asian shop here :)
    I can’t wait to visit Philippines again to tastes all these Pinoy foods…
    My favorite siopao is siopao asado…
    thanks to this website..i can always share these with my friends and relatives…
    and always a help these website just incase i needed toprepare something new for my husband…

  16. Pinkee

    December 22nd, 2008 at 8:32 am


    Another yumyum snack for me. And my husband loves this recipe.
    Pinoy foods are always my favorite.
    I can still get them at my favorite asian shop here .
    I can’t wait to visit Philippines again to tastes all these Pinoy foods.
    My favorite siopao is siopao asado.
    Thanks to this website.I can always share these recipes with my friends and relatives.
    And this website is always a help just in case i needed to prepare something new for my husband. :)

  17. jack

    December 24th, 2008 at 6:51 am


    hi! i jst wnt 2 say this site is amazing….
    thankss for sharing it to us. i love to cook a lot specially pilipino food everything is so good… im glad i found this site it help me a lot..

  18. mar

    March 12th, 2009 at 3:33 am


    thanks for the siopao recipe,but how can i make my siopao whitish.? can you give me some tips?

  19. Magie Cali

    March 18th, 2009 at 6:53 pm


    Siopao Asado is yummy for the Tummy!

  20. imelda gabuya

    May 24th, 2009 at 1:07 pm


    maraming salamat sa mga recipe na binasa ko…..danke

  21. lara

    June 23rd, 2009 at 8:30 am


    thanks for this website it really helps me a lot.. more power!!!

  22. benny garcia

    July 12th, 2009 at 6:44 am


    very helpfulmore power go.go

  23. benny garcia

    July 12th, 2009 at 6:45 am


    i wish you can make more and grateful recipe to come

  24. rene fragrance

    July 13th, 2009 at 11:11 pm


    very yummy…..i make siopao before ,but this one is…… very very yummy in the taste it’s so mmmmmm,,,,, sarap talaga. tnx pinoyrecipe d’best k.

  25. Sashi

    October 26th, 2009 at 1:43 am


    Woowww, di ko alam madali lang pala gawin yang siopai… yay!
    thanks for sharing this. I’ll definitely try this out ~ pero need ko pa ng rollers ba un for kneading haha XD

  26. Steve Zomby

    November 1st, 2009 at 2:05 pm


    I agree with Cali its yummy and i have a great big tummy

  27. jun

    January 27th, 2010 at 4:12 am


    ah yeah thatsa a great recipe

  28. cindy

    February 2nd, 2010 at 1:54 am


    i m very excited to make my very first siopao…thnx a lot..

  29. weh

    February 4th, 2010 at 3:25 am


    anung itsura nun?iba ang active yeast sa baking powder?sure ka sa paggawa ng siopao? 6 cups flour?what kind of flour i think its not enough for 1/2 cup water and another thing is it right 1 cup of sugar?babagsak ang siopao hindi yan tutubo ..cake ba yan o dough gnagawa niyo?

  30. weh

    February 4th, 2010 at 3:27 am



  31. rose funtila(Richmond,VA)

    February 27th, 2010 at 3:13 pm


    Tnx for the recipe and siopao cooking instructions. Now I can cook it myself on my free time. More power.

  32. Cora

    March 13th, 2010 at 3:50 am


    Thank you for this wonderful website. My always hungry lover loves to eat filipino snacks.

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    April 4th, 2010 at 3:15 am



  34. mak

    May 6th, 2010 at 4:37 am


    I love siopao. Thank you for the recipe.

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    July 13th, 2010 at 2:57 pm


    I thank you for this web site,now i can get all my favorite food from home.
    so thanks again.

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    July 25th, 2010 at 11:48 am



  37. Marcos Batac

    September 25th, 2014 at 1:06 am


    like Siopao! my favorite asado or Bola bola

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