Puto Pao is a type of special puto with meat filling. I made it extra special by topping it with salted egg. This is easy to make. Your family will love it.
How to Make
It is easy and fun to make puto pao at home. You can have this as a snack, or make profit out of it. The choice is yours.
Start making one by preparing the asado filling. We are literally making sweet pork asado. I do this by sautéing onion until tender. The next step is adding sliced pork pieces. I am using pork shoulder (kasim) for this recipe. Cook the pork while stirring until it turns light brown. Season it with soy sauce and add water.
This needs to boil until tender. The minute that the water boils, star anise is added. This ingredient gives the dish additional flavor and fragrance. Continue cooking on a covered pot for 30 to 35 minutes in low heat.
Once the pork gets tender, you can remove the star anise and add brown sugar. I season it with ground black pepper and Knorr Liquid Seasoning.
Make the sauce thicker by pouring slurry into the pot. Simply combine cornstarch with 3 to 4 tablespoons water and then pour the mixture. Continue cooking until the mixture gets thick. You now have your filling ready.
Let’s start making the batter. This is quick and easy as well. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. This includes all the flour, sugar, and baking powder. Mix it using a wire whisk.
Add the wet ingredients next. Crack a piece of egg into the bowl and then pour milk, water, and melted butter. Mix until the mixture becomes smooth. That’s it! We are now ready to assemble the puto pao and steam it.
Steaming is the preferred way of cooking this dish. If you are using a regular steamer, make sure to start boiling water while assembling the puto.
Grab a piece of mold and then pour one tablespoon of batter. Scoop around 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of pork asado and put it into the mold. Cover with puto batter until the mold is around three quarters full.
I like having this with sliced salted egg on top. So, I prepare it before steaming. Slice egg into half and then separate it from the shell using a spoon. Slice it into thin pieces afterwards. Watching the video below will help because I showed the exact way on how it is done.
This steams for 15 minutes. However, since it needs to be topped with salted egg, you have to be aware of the timing. After 2 to 3 minutes of steaming, top it with sliced egg. Continue steaming until it reaches the 15 minute mark.
Serve this as a snack. It also makes a good breakfast as far as I am concerned. I usually keep it in the fridge for at least 5 days. I can always heat it in the microwave oven when I want one, or two for that matter.
Try this Puto Pao Recipe, let me know what you think.
- 1 lb. pork sliced into small pieces
- 1 teaspoon Knorr Liquid Seasoning
- 1 piece onion minced
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 pieces star anise
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons cooking oil
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- Ground black pepper to taste
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups cake flour
- 2 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup butter melted
- 1 piece egg
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 2 cups water
- Make the asado filling. Heat oil in a cooking pot. Saute onion until translucent.
- Add pork. Cook until it turns light brown.
- Pour-in soy sauce and water. Let boil.
- Add star anise. Cook on low heat for 30 to 35 minutes.
- Add sugar. Stir. Put-in Knorr liquid seasoning and ground black pepper.
- Combine cornstarch and 3 tablespoons water. Mix well. Pour into the pot and cook until the sauce thickens. Set aside.
- Start making the puto batter. In a large bowl, combine all purpose flour, cake flour, sugar, and baking powder. Mix well.
- Add egg, evaporated milk, water, and butter. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
- Pour about 1 tablespoons of batter mixture on each mold.
- Put about 1 to 1/2 teaspoon of asado filling per mold. Add more batter until the mold is around 3/4 full.
- Arrange the molds in a steamer. Steam for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Top with a slice of salted duck egg. Continue steaming for 13 to 15 minutes.
- Remove the molds from the steamer. Let it cool down.
- Gently loosen the Puto Pao and remove from the mold. Arrange on a serving plate. Serve!