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3hrs 20mins
24 steamed dumplings




  • Mix flour, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl, set aside.
  • In another bowl dissolve yeast in luke warm water then add 1 cup of the flour mixture.
  • Mix thoroughly.
  • Cover with a cloth and let rise 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, dissolve the white sugar in the boiling water.
  • Stir well then let cool to luke warm.
  • Pour into the yeast mixture, then add the rest of the prepared flour mixture.
  • Stir to blend well.
  • Grease a large bowl.
  • Turn dough out onto a floured board and knead for 3 minutes-you want your dough smooth, not sticky.
  • Place ball into bowl, turn once and cover with a damp cloth.
  • Let rise 2 hours or until doubled.
  • Meanwhile saute the garlic and onions in a small amount of oil in a wok.
  • Add meat and stir fry for 1 minute or until meat is no longer pink.
  • Add soy sauce, oyster sauce and brown sugar.
  • Pour in the dissolved cornstarch and stir fry quickly until meat is glazed well.
  • Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Punch down dough and knead on a floured board for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Divide dough and roll each half into a 12x2 inch log.
  • Cut each into 12 pieces, making 24.
  • Roll each piece into a ball using your hands then rolling it flat into a 3 inch diameter circle.
  • Dust with flour if needed to prevent sticking.
  • If using, place 1 slice of egg into center of dough round, then 1 T.
  • of filling with sauce.
  • Gather sides of round, pinch together and twist.
  • Place pinched side down on parchment paper and place in steamer.
  • Repeat until done.
  • Cover with a damp cloth and let rise for 1 hour.
  • Steam Siopao for 20 minutes.
  • You can freeze cooked Siopao, simply re-steam for 10 minutes.

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  1. This recipe is really GOOD!
  2. This was a good recipe but I tried the dough recipe 4 times before I gave up. I reached out to some friends for a dough recipe and it was suggested I use frozen dough. The frozen dough worked wonderfully and if you want a little sweeter bread sprinkle a little sugar before cooking. also I baked it (roughly 10 to 15 min.) instead steaming it. These shortcuts were suggeted by my filipino sister in law and the family loved it, reminded me of the Siopao Daddy made.
  3. This recipe was a disappointment. The filling was good, but the dough was a disaster. I live in a very dry region and I should have taken that into consideration when following this recipe. The dough was rock hard and extremely difficult to work with. I'll try this recipe again, but I'll have to ensure that the dough is pliable.
  4. Thank you for sharing this recipe! We can't get enough of it. I now keep a stock in the freezer for a quick bite.
  5. I made a half recipe of this yesterday, otherwise sticking to all ingredients and procedures. I agree with the other reviewer that the dumplings are good. However, personally I prefer a moister, more vegetable-heavy filling than is used here. With the half recipe I got 12 dough portions of 55 to 60 grams each. I was a little concerned about the amount of baking powder, because I had not made a yeast bread with so much baking powder in it before, but bread part of these seems to be fine. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us.



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