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Siopao Asado (Sweet Pork Steamed Buns)

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 3 hours 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 30 mins
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: Filipino

Description

Siopao Asado is a Filipino steamed bun prepared with a sweet white steamed dough filled with sweet soy sauce and garlic braised pulled pork.


Ingredients

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Bun

  • 3 cups dumpling flour + 1/2 cup for dusting
  • 200ml warm water
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tsp white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp shortening or vegetable oil (use shortening to make it whiter in colour)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water

Filling

  • 400g pork loin, cubed
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch, dissolved in 1/3 cup water
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Chinese five spice powder
  • 1 cup water
  • oil
  • salt

Water for Steaming

  • water, for steaming
  • 1 tbsp of vinegar per litre of water, for steaming

Instructions

Filling

  1. On a pan add oil and sauté garlic then add pork, stir fry pork for 3 minutes.
  2. Add water, soy sauce, brown sugar and 5 spice powder. Bring to a boil and simmer in low heat for 2 hours or until the meat breaks apart, mixing occasionally to prevent burning, add additional water if needed.
  3. Once meat has broken down add hoisin sauce then thicken it with cornstarch mixture, simmer further until sauce thickens.
  4. Season with salt. Turn heat off then set aside.

Steamed Buns

  1. Mix together yeast, 2 tsp sugar, and 1/4 cup lukewarm water. Set aside in a warm location for 30 minutes.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients except for the baking powder then knead dough until dough surface smooth and texture is elastic; occasionally dust the board with dumpling flour. Place in a greased bowl then place in a warm location, set aside for 2 hours. After two hours the size would be doubled.
  3. Deflate dough then spread on floured board. Add the baking powder evenly then knead for 5 minutes.
  4. Divide into 8 – 10 pieces then roll them thin, place a good amount of the meat mixture in the middle then seal them on top, place buns in a greased paper. Do with the remaining dough and filling. Set aside in a warm location for 30 minutes.
  5. Prepare your steamer by pouring water and vinegar. Vinegar will make sure your buns are white.
  6. Place buns into steamer container then steam siopao for 20-25 minutes.