Siopao (Filipino Steamed Buns)


This is my recipe for the the dough for the popular Filipino steamed bun with chicken and pork filling (link to recipe in footnotes). Serve hot with noodle soup.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
16 servings


  • 3 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • 1 cup lukewarm water

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, or as needed


  1. Mix flour, sugar, salt, and yeast together in a large bowl. Add water and 1/4 cup oil; mix into a dough. Knead until smooth and elastic, at least 10 minutes. Dust with extra flour if necessary.

  2. Warm up the oven for 1 minute. Turn oven off.

  3. Oil a large bowl; place dough inside and cover with cheesecloth. Place in the warmed oven until size has doubled, about 1 hour.

  4. Punch down dough. Keep in the oven until risen, at least 15 minutes more. Knead dough onto a flat work surface and divide into 12 golf-sized balls. Roll out each ball and fill with choice of filling (see footnote for my chicken and pork filling). Gather and twist the edges together to secure the filling.

  5. Place each siopao on a 3x3-inch piece of wax paper.

  6. Place siopao in a steamer and steam for 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

To fill the buns, place the chicken and pork filling over the flattened dough balls. Gather and twist edges together to secure the filling. Place each siopao on an 8-inch square of waxed paper. Repeat until all dough is finished. Steam in a steamer until siopao are puffy and hot, about 30 minutes.

My recipe for chicken and pork filling for siopao:

Siopao Chicken and Pork Filling

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

153 Calories
4g Fat
26g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 153
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 74mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 3g
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 37mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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