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Siopao Bola Bola

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 3 hours 25 mins
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Filipino

Description

For today’s post we will make some Siopao Bola Bola, a steamed bun version in the Philippines where it is filled with seasoned minced pork. The name “Bola” means balls which describes the ball shaped filling inside the steamed buns.


Ingredients

Scale

Steamed Buns

  • 3 cups dumpling flour + 1/2 cup for dusting
  • 2ooml 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
  • 1 1/2 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water

Filling

  • 500g pork mince
  • 4 pcs dried shiitake mushrooms, rehydrated and chopped
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 tsp brown sugar
  • 4 tsp sesame oil
  • salt

Water for Steaming

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

Instructions

Filling

  1. Mix all filling ingredients together 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 is 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 10 – 12 pieces then roll them thin, place a good amount of the mixed 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.