Steamed Pork Bun
*UPDATED RECIPE* Flour ingredient updated.
A fantastic snack worth making! Filipino cuisine have many influences this includes Chinese cuisine. Filipinos have always traded with their neighboring country like China even before Spain colonized Philippines. Some Chinese business men stayed in Philippines, either to start/expand a business or marry a Filipino or both. Bringing with them is their homeland recipes but using local ingredients. This is when Filipino-Chinese dishes are born, dishes like Siopao which is similar to Bao, Pancit which is similar to Chow mein, Arrozcalo which is similar to Congee and so many more. This is what makes Filipino cuisine so interesting!
Asado in Spanish means to roast, grilled or broiled but the fillings for this dish are not those. In some Filipino dishes they have Spanish names but with a different cooking technique which makes me think that when Spain came to Philippines, saw Filipino food and renamed it to what they think it looks like or taste like? Hence why we have many dishes with Spanish names, I guess that’t what happens when someone colonized a country for 300 or so years. Even Chinese dishes have Spanish names haha!!! Maybe they saw that the fillings looks like its grilled even though its stir fried and thought…oh yeah that’s Asado for sure and from that day on it’s called Siopao Asado. In those time who’s going to disagree? Filipinos hates confrontations. To be honest there are very little information about Filipino cuisine pre-Spain. I would love to know more about it as it’s an interesting part of our history too.
Growing up in the Philippines Siopao for me was one of those snacks that you have during school break times or after school snacks. It’s affordable for students, it tasty and enough to get you by until meal times.
Don’t be afraid to make this, I know I know…I am the same I’m not a baker but anyone who can works well with a dough but I assure you this is not that bad. I’m going to be honest I made it before, I have failed ones but I continue to learn where I made a mistake. One BIGGEST mistake is forgetting to proof my dough! HAHA! See! Previously I forgot to add the yeast, this is because I think I know the procedure (I do) then baby brain kicks in and I forget a step. This is part of cooking I guess and now I am slowly embracing baking. I recently made a homemade focaccia which turned out really well! I was surprised!
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