Siopao is a well-loved snack in the Philippines. The Siopao Recipe was introduced to the Filipinos by Ma Mon Luk who has a very interesting story on the origin of this delectable sandwich.
Author:Recipe ni Juan
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:1 hour 20 mins
Total Time:1 hour 50 mins
1/4 cup lukewarm water, 1 tsp yeast,
1 1/2 cup all-purpose(more for dusting)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup lukewarm milk,
a pinch of salt.
Chicken/Pork Bola-Bola Filling:
Ground pork or chicken, finely
chopped Chinese sausage (or chorizo
bilbao will do too) finely chopped spam
or any canned meatloaf,
chopped cilantro, pepper, salt, garlic
and onion powder.
Hoisin sauce to season
1 egg as a binder.
Then hard boiled or Salted eggs extra *optional*
Dissolve sugar to lukewarm water.
Proof yeast to warm milk wait for few mins or until bubbles forms.
Then stir to combine your milk-yeast mixture and water-sugar mixture.
Add flour to the mixture little by little until fully incorporated.
Roll out the dough in a floured surface and knead.
Slowly add in more flour as needed until you form a nice consistency.
Then form it into a ball.
Place dough in an oiled container then covered with a moist towel and Place it in an airless area. Let it rise for 30-45 mins. After 45 mins, punch the dough to let the air out then knead for at least 2 mins.
Then again, let it rest for 5-10 mins (make sure you cover it with the moist towel again) before
dividing it into 8-10 pcs or depends on how big you want it.
Form a ball, using a roller pin, flatten each individual balls then place the filling in the middle. Seal each dough by just joining the ends.
Place each dough in a 2 inch by 2-inch wax paper.
Then let it rise for 30mins again then steam for 15-20 mins each batch.
For the Filling:
Mix it all together. Then to test taste, get 1 tsp of the mixture sealed it in an aluminum
foil then drop it in a boiling water.
Then you just divide it according to your desired sizes to form into balls.
I usually flatten the patties first to insert hard boiled eggs in the center. (I divide one boiled egg into four) before I form it into a ball.