Siopao Asado

Filipino Style Recipe: Siopao is a Chinese steamed buns that is become popular for many Filipinos. Asado and bola-bola are the most popular variety of siopao. Siopao asado is made up of pork meat cook in soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce and cornstarch until thickens. Scoop enough asado in the middle of dough then seal on top. Steam for 20 minutes then serve with siopao sauce.

Asado Filling:
500 grams pork loin, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch(dissolved in 1/4 cup water)
3 gloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons oyster sauce

2 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast
1/2 white sugar
2 cups warm water
5 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon shortening
1/2 teaspoon salt

Part 1(Asado Filling)
1. In a pan, heat oil then saute garlic. Add meat then cook until light brown.
2. Add soy sauce, oyster sauce, water and sugar then simmer for an hour or until becomes really tender. Add more water if necessary.
3. Add hoisin sauce and dissolved cornstarch then stir cook until thickens. Remove from heat then set aside.

Part 2(Dough)
1. In a large bowl, dissolved yeast and sugar into warm water then set aside for 20 minutes.
2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, shortening, salt and yeast mixture then mix until well blended.
3. Knead the combined mixture until becomes smooth and elastic.
4. Transfer in a greased bowl then cover and set aside for 2 hours or until it rises.
5. Knead the dough again then divide into serving pieces.
6. Form each piece into a ball then flatten using rolling pin or your palm.

Part 3(Assembly and Cooking)
1. Scoop enough filling in the middle of each dough then seal on top.
2. Place wax paper underneath of each dough then steam for 20 minutes. Serve with siopao sauce.

Pie Crust

Filipino Style Recipe: pie or pie crust is usually made of a pastry dough made of flour, butter, salt, sugar and cold water then mix until dough is formed. Pie crust usually contains various filling made of fruits, veggies, meat or any sweet ingredients. The crust can be purchase in grocery store under frozen section but if you prefer to do it by yourself, here is the recipe.

Estimated time of preparation: 10-15 minutes(plus chilling time)

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1/4 cup cold water

1. In a bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt then mix well.
2. Add butter then mix thoroughly. Gradually pour cold water then mix until well blended.
3. Gather the dough into a ball shape then refrigerate for 30 minutes.
4. In a clean flat surface, sprinkled with flour then flatten dough using a rolling pin until 1/8 inch thick.
5. In a pie pan, arrange and press the flattened dough then cut off the excess.
6. Crimp the edges then refrigerate while preparing the filling.