Siopao Asado Recipe

Siopao Asado or Hot Buns is a type of dumpling with sweet pork filling. Often referred to as Steamed Dumplings, this tasty bun is so popular that it needs no introduction of any sort.This reminds me of Chowking or better yet Ma Mon Luk (the original in the Philippines). Whenever I dine-in these joints, I order siopao along with beef mami or maki. I don’t know if the combination sounds appealing but it really works for me. How about you? Do you have some food in mind that goes well when eaten with siopao?

This Siopao recipe is not complicated at all. Just be sure to have the ingredients on hand and follow all the steps. It won’t be long before you enjoy your own home made siopao asado.

You can enjoy this delicious Siopao Asado anytime of the day. It can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, snack, and even dinner. I know that its cumbersome to prepare siopao manually. Kneading takes-up time and energy. You can always knead the dough using a heavy duty stand mixer to avoid exerting too much effort. The effect will pretty much be the same.

Try this delicious Siopao Asado recipe and let me know what you think.


Siopao Recipe



  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 ½ tbsp sugar (added to yeast mixture)
  • ½ cup sugar (added to the flour mixture)
  • 1 pouch dry yeast
  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ tbsp baking powder
  • 6 tbsp shortening

Asado Filling:

  • 2 lbs pork, chopped into small pieces
  • 3 tbsp lard or shortening
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch, diluted in 1/4 cup water
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce

Watch the cooking video:

Cooking Procedure

  1. Cook the Asado filling by heating the shortening in a pan
  2. Saute the garlic and onions
  3. Put-in the pork and cook until the color of the outer part turns light brown
  4. Add the soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, and sugar then mix well. Simmer for
  5. 40 minutes
  6. Put in the corn starch (diluted in water) and mix until the texture of the sauce becomes
  7. thick then set aside
  8. Make the dough by placing warm water in a bowl then add the yeast and sugar and mix well.
  9. Leave the mixture for 10 to 15 minutes
  10. In a mixing bowl, put-in the flour, baking powder, shortening (or lard), and the yeast-
  11. sugar-water mixture then mix well (bubbles should have formed on top by then).
  12. Knead the combined mixture until the texture of the dough becomes fine. Let the dough
  13. rise by setting it aside for at least an hour (place in the mixing bowl and cover the top ).
  14. Knead the dough again then cut into individual slices (this will be the dough per
  15. individual siopao).
  16. Flatten the dough until a round shape is formed using a rolling pin.
  17. Put the asado filling on the middle of the flattened dough and wrap. (refer to the video for the technique if interested)
  18. Place the siopao in a steamer and steam for 15 minutes.
  19. Serve hot. Share and enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 8

This won’t be complete without our Panlasang Pinoy Special Siopao Sauce. Try it!

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  1. This recipe is awesome! I only made half of the ingredients’ measurement and it turned out good. I was having problem with the wrapping technique though. But all in all, every bite tasted good! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I recommended your website to my friends.

  2. Want to try this recipe. Is it ok to set the dough overnight? Thanks!

  3. Lucille Binas says:

    Hi Bong,
    You could buy Lard in TESCO if you got a store there in Ireland. I am here in UK. You got that Lard along with the butter or just ask the sale person because British usually used it.

  4. Lucille Binas says:

    I tried cooking this Siopao Asado for the first time in my whole life. Since living abroad we are here with my husband and kids in the UK & since we seldom going home in the Philippines we really miss this siopao and infact this one of my favorite. My kids love it & realized they miss it also. I took some photos and upload it in my Facebook and almost all my friends asking me how to do it of course I recommend Panlasang Pinoy.
    A big thank you for creating this informative site. It really a great help on my part since I really don’t know how to cook.
    Keep it up.

  5. dhessa says:

    this is a really big help for me..thank you kuya,,..

  6. dorothy says:

    helloooo can i use bread maker to make a dough?

  7. hi!!! i tried your siopao but it didnt turned that well, i think i had a problem with the yeast measurement… when you say 1 pouch ,how many ml. it is?

  8. Bahala_nag1rl says:

    Hi! I tried this recipe and it turned out really good. This is one of my husband’s favorite and now knowing I can make it for him anytime is awesome! I just wanna thank you for being so generous in sharing all these great recipes with all of us who shares the passion of cooking. I truly appreciate it and keep up the good work. :)

  9. Hi, guy ! I am so thankful for this reciepe! I made them today and it tasts fantastic but I still have a problem with it’s color ! It becomes yellow when it is done, can you tell me how can I make it white ?

  10. Deutz Rose says:

    I cooked the siopao this afternoon & it was siopao really taste good & the special sauce. Thank you so much for the recipe.I really appreciate your time & effort to share these with us. God bless & more power.

  11. Shazam says:

    I love your website! My husband and I are both looking forward to try your Siopao recipe. We’ll do it together on the weekend. We’ll let you know the results. I love that you have pictures and video to compliment your recipes. You are a blessing especially to people who are trying to learn new recipes from scratch. Thank you so much for fueling our satiety and our culinary “ambitions”.

  12. Dear Panlasang Pinoy,

    I just tried this recipe and it turned out perfectly!!! I even made a second batch of dough since I have a lot of filling left.

    Even my dad (he’s German) was very surprised about the siopao. He was like: “Wow! This is perfect!!!And so fluffy?!?!!This is the best Siopao I ever ate.”

    Thanks to you, I can shock my Mom and her Filipino friends and surprise them with a variety of yummy Filipino dishes.

    Greetings from Europe.

  13. share ko lang po n instead n lard use ko po un corn oil or sunflower oil & soft nmn po un dough & ok un lasa