A few hours ago, my mom and I came home from an afternoon of shopping at Greenhills. We were buying clothes for our upcoming trip to Cebu. With all the walking around that comes with shopping in Greenhills (girls, you know what I’m talking about), we both built up quite an appetite. So, before we headed home, mom bought delicious siopao from Chocfull of nuts.
With a name like that, I was expecting more…well, nuts! Instead, my mom bought an order of siomai and four orders of siopao. Now, not being a fan of siopao, I didn’t really get what the big deal with their siopao was. But mom said that people flock to Chocfull of nuts just for their siopao.
Siopao, or hot buns, is a popular treat for Filipinos. These are steamed buns filled with meat. Though originally from the Chinese, the siopao has since evolved into a Filipino staple.
Siopao can be seen almost everywhere in the Philippines. You may encounter a food stall on the corner of the street and 3 times out of 4 it would be selling siopao. Every Chinese restaurant is bound to have one on their menu.
Know Your Siopao
There are different variants of the siopao in the Philippines. The main area of variety comes with the filling.
Asado – Here, the meat is either cooked in a sweet stew or accompanied by a sweet sauce.
Bola-Bola – Translating into “ball”, the bola-bola siopao simply uses a meatball as its filling. The meat can either be pork or chicken.