Jumbo Siopao is a type of steamed bun filled generously with different meats like chicken, pork (char siu and Chinese sausage) and a salted duck egg.
- 3 cups dumpling flour + 1/2 cup for dusting
- 200 ml 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
- 400g finely chopped or minced chicken thighs
- 150g char siu
- 2 salted duck eggs, quartered
- 1 pc Chinese sausage, sliced into 8 pcs
- 2 tbsp light soy sauce
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 4 tsp brown sugar
- 4 tsp sesame oil
Water for Steaming
- water, for steaming
- 1 tbsp of vinegar per litre of water, for steaming
- Mix all filling ingredients together except for the char siu, duck eggs and Chinese sausage. Set aside.
- Mix together yeast, 2 tsp sugar, and 1/4 cup lukewarm water. Set aside in a warm location for 30 minutes.
- 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.
- Deflate dough then spread on floured board. Add the baking powder evenly then knead for 5 minutes.
- Divide into 8 pieces then roll them thin, place a 50g of the mixed mixture in the middle, a slice of char siu, a slice of Chinese sausage and a piece of quartered egg. 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.
- Prepare your steamer by pouring water and vinegar. Vinegar will make sure your buns are white.
- Place buns into steamer container then steam siopao for 30-40 minutes.
Pang kowloon yan pre ha
Ooh I love steamed buns and I love that these are “huge” 🙂
These do look filling. I’m impressed that you made the buns yourself. They turned out so good looking which I imagine is challenging with stuffing them, and I bet they are delicious.
These look incredible. My only attempt at steamed pork buns were a complete disaster, but how I would love to be able to make them at home. I can’t imagine anything better!
What type of flour is dumpling flour? Thinking that AP flour would do
Yes All purpose would do but it will give a different texture and colour compared to the dumpling flour. I used them before but when this was introduced to me I never used AP ever since in making steamed buns. This will make your pao similar texture to what you get in Asian restaurants or dumpling shops and you can find them in Asian and/or Chinese groceries.
I have been looking for a long, long time for a white siopao recipe and I am so happy that at last I’ve found it. I made siopao before coz I attended a culinary lessons but I was looking for a white dough siopao. And your Jumbo Siopao recipe is the best as I see it. IT’S PERFECT. But where can I find the dumpling flour and this is the first I have heard this kind of flour. I’m living here at Clovis, California. Is this available in the grocery or in Asian store. Any particular brand of chinese rice wine coz there are lots of them. Please help coz I am so eager to make it ASAP.
Likewise, your cassava cake is the best too among the recipes I have encountered in the internet. I made it and my whole family and friends love it so much. THANK YOU SO SO MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR RECIPES TO ALL OF US.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS!
For the Chinese wine I use the Xiaoxing and yes dumpling flour is available in Asian shops, jusk ask around the one I used was a Thai brand I also tried a Chinese one before.
And yes thanks for the kind comments!
These look wonderful! Do you absolutely have to have a steamer to do this? Is there a workaround?
There is a workaround and this is what we usually use when we dont have a steamer in the Philippines. You need a really large and wide pot, place an empty tin can or a heat resistant ceramic mug in the middle, you might need 2 or 3 with the same height. Fill the pot with water until its half the height of the tin can/mug, make sure you add water to the tin can or mug as well to keep it from floating. Now place a heat proof plate upside down so it does not collect any liquid. Bring water to a boil then place your buns above the upside down plate.
Thanks! I found out that there is a large Chinatown area here in Buenos Aires, so I would really love to try my hand at some dumplings since I can probably get my hands on the ingredients. I’ll have to experiment some with this steamer method.
It’s almost impossible to buy a 600peso rice-cooker in the Philippines that doesn’t come complete with a steamer pan.
Oh, don’t those look delicious?
These look great! I’ve always wanted to learn how to make steamed buns! Thank you Raymund!
Don’t laugh, but we always see steamed buns in kung fu movies and want to try them. These look amazing!
Huge fan of steamed buns, but have never made them myself. I could definitely eat a few of yours. They look delicious!
This looks delicious. Where can we buy dumpling flour? Will the texture of the siopao similar to what we got in Phil ?
I buy them in Asian Grocery here in New Zealand, definitely you can find it in Chinese shops anywhere in the world just ask for “dumpling flour” instead of regular ones. Before I used to make siopao using All Purpose Flour and I am not happy with the texture, its like the ones we can buy in street vendors, but one time I asked our Asian Grocery whether is there a special flour used for steamed buns and they told me to use “dumpling flour” and showed me the product. Since then I never went back using all purpose flour, I’m sure its made of the same ingredients but theres something in it that makes the texture similar to what you get from Henlin or Kowloon.
Hi ive been making siopao soo many times but comes out yellowish color some other told that mix with rice flour to make it white…but i havent try it yet..i wanted siopao that light and fluffy inside.pls help
For it not to be yellowish you need to add several tablespoons of vinegar in the steaming water. And for the flour I use dumpling flour not sure whats it made of though.
What is char siu? And where can I buy it?
Its the Chinese sweet red barbecue pork, you can also make it. Here is the recipe –> Char Siu
Can i use rice flour instead of dumpling flour
I am afraid you cant as it will yield a different result
Raymund, thank you for this recipe. I’ve been trying to reverse engineer the kowloon jumbo pao for years. Dumpling flour is one of the keys to authentic Chinese siopaos.
Isa kang alamat.
You are welcome