Siopao or hot buns is a type of dumpling with a sweet pork filling. It can be consumed anytime of the day. I personally love to have this for brunch along with a bowl of hot beef mami. This siopao asado recipe will guide you on how to make it at home.

How to Cook Siopao Asado
This Siopao recipe is simple. I tried to teach the entire cooking and dough making process as easy as possible so that everyone can follow. Your job is to make sure to have all the ingredients and necessary equipment and tools are available before starting.

Cook the Sweet Meaty Asado Filing
Start by cooking the sweet asado filing. Saute garlic, onion, and pork. The meat needs to be browned a bit before adding the seasonings and spices. It is ideal to cut the pork into thin small pieces so that it cooks and tenderizes quickly. A good way to tenderize the pork is to add around ¾ cups water into the pan along with the seasonings and spices. You will need to cover it and cook until the liquid almost evaporate completely. Leave a bit of sauce in there. The entire mixture should be thickened by adding cornstarch. Simply dilute it in water and pour into the pan. Stir right away to avoid lumps from forming.

Make Siopao Dough
Now we are ready to make the dough. Always refer to the recipe below for the detailed instruction. Watch the cooking video that I included in this recipe post to guide you further.

Activate the yeast and feed it. Do this by pouring yeast into a bowl of warm water and add sugar. Yeast is a living organism that feeds with sugars and starches. This ingredient helps make our siopao asado bun rise and get soft.


The entire process can be overwhelming to newbies. Try to group related steps together to make it simpler. It is important to have a clear understanding of what needs to be done and the expected result. Let’s treat the yeast activation process as an example. Treat it as a mini process within the entire dough making procedure.

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