Siopao Recipe (Siopao Asado and Siopao Bola-bola)

January 27, 2008
(Last Updated On: August 15, 2013)

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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    September 25, 2014 at 1:06 am

    like Siopao! my favorite asado or Bola bola

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    May 6, 2010 at 4:37 am

    I love siopao. Thank you for the recipe.

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    February 27, 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.

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    February 4, 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?

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    February 2, 2010 at 1:54 am

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

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    November 1, 2009 at 2:05 pm

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

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    October 26, 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

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    July 13, 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.

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    March 18, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Siopao Asado is yummy for the Tummy!

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    March 12, 2009 at 3:33 am

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

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    December 22, 2008 at 1:05 am

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

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    December 21, 2008 at 1:44 am

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

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    December 6, 2008 at 12:43 am

    how about the siopao sauce do you have a recipe?

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    July 21, 2008 at 2:30 am

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

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    July 13, 2008 at 12:30 pm

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