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Friday, August 17, 2012

Toasted Siopao

I'm a total Toasted Siopao buff !
I remember one time (some 2 decades ago --- argh! now you're mentally calculating my age hmn!) when some friends and I went into this small snack shop in Manila - with dumplings and siopao to offer - of course I asked for a toasted siopao, then all heads snapped to my face - as if they heard me wrong. Yeah! they've never heard and never had a toasted siopao before. Seems they only knew steamed siopao : asado and bola-bola. Now, I heard some bakeshops in QC do sell some toasted siopao today. But I doubt if they taste good as the ones in Naga City.
Since I have some leftover chicken today (roasted chicken for lunch), I've decided -why not make siopao?
The first time I made it, t'was good. The second time - nah! I didn't know what happened, the buns were as hard as a rock. lol!
So now, is my third try.... and luckily, it turned out great! Yum! The buns tasted good. Nicely toasted yet soft in the inside. Though not as awesome as those ones from Naga restaurant - but definitely good!

Toasted Siopao

2 1/2 - 3 cups flour
2 tsp active dry yeast
5 tbsp sugar
3/4 cup warm milk
1/3 cup warm water
1/2 tsp salt

Egg wash:
1 egg, slightly beaten with 1 tbsp of water

2 cups shredded cooked chicken (i used the leftover of the roasted chicken we had for lunch)
2 pcs chorizo, sliced
1 potato, peeled and cubed
2 pcs salted egg, quartered
2 tbsp cooking oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
4 tsp hoisin sauce
4 tsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup green peas (i have some left over, so I tossed it in as well :) )
2 tsp cornstarch, dissolved in water
salt and ground black pepper , to taste

  • Dissolve 2 tbsp sugar in milk and water. Add in yeast, let stand for about 15 minutes - until bubbly.
  • In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients - sugar , 2 1/2 cups flour and salt. Then add to milk and water mixture. 
  • Kneed the dough. Add flour as needed until it's not sticky. Then place and cover it in an oiled bowl. Let the dough rise for about an hour.
  • While waiting for the dough to rise, prepare the filling. Heat oil in a pan.Saute garlic, chorizo, toss in the chicken and green peas. Stir in hoisin sauce, oyster sauce and water. Add sugar then cornstarch solution. Cook for about 3-5 minutes. Set aside. Let cool.
  • Preheat oven to 180 °C.
  • Now, to prepare the dough, punch it down (yeah as in really do some punching), then roll it and cut into 10 - 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball. Then cover with cloth. Set aside for about 10 minutes.
  • Then flatten each roll to form a thin circle. Place a scoop of filling in the centerthen add a slice of egg, gather the edges over the filling, then pinch the edges to secure and seal the bun.
  • Place the buns with the seam upside down in a baking tray. Cover with cloth and let rise for about 15 minutes or until puffy. Brush buns with egg wash.
  • Bake the siopao for about 20 minutes or until it toasts to a nice soft brown. 

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