For those of you who do not know what Siopao is, it’s a steamed buns with filling. This is most common in Asian countries, like Philippines where I am originally from. They are normally filled savory shredded meat or with meat balls and to make it extra special, a sliced of hard-boiled egg is also stuffed inside the buns. The most common variation we have in the Philippines, and even here in Asian stores in Canada are “Asado” (Shredded Pork or braised pork) and “Bola-Bola” (Meatballs). They are sold mostly in Asian stores, either ready to eat or frozen. Although both taste good, I was always partial with the braised meat filling, the sweet and spicy kind of filling is difficult for me to resist.
The process cooking the filling is like of a braised meat where you just simmer the meat until fork tender and soft. If you have a slow cooker, you can make a big batch of the filling one time and keep it frozen for future use. Asado filling is made using pork, but it can be substituted with chicken breast or even lamb shoulders. I’ve tried nothing of this and they came out as good as the pork version. Let me show you how to make this filling. Let’s get started!
- 350 grams Pork/Chicken
- Small white Onion – chopped
- 2 cloves Garlic – minced
- 4 tbsp Soy Sauce
- 3 tbsp granulated white sugar
- 1 tbsp flavorless oil
- 1 large Fresh Chili pepper – optional
- 5 cups water (add more as needed)
- Pour oil in a heated pan. Sauté garlic and onion until fragrant.
- Add meat and mix until meat is half-cooked.
- Add water, soy sauce, sugar, and chilli. In a medium heat, bring to a boil until meat is tender (about 1 1/2 – 2 hours) and sauce is completely reduced (no water left). The length of time could vary depending on the meat you are using. The meat should be tender to the point that you can shred it by using a fork. Add more water as needed.
- Take out from the pan and use a fork to shred the meat. Return to the pan and cook for another 5 minutes.
There you go! You now have a Siopao filling. Go make the Siopao now! For the Siopao recipe, please check my Siopao (Steam Buns) post.
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