Siopao buns from the Philippines with dipping sauce
Alternative names Salapao (Thailand)
Type Baozi
Place of origin Philippines
  Media: Siopao
A street vendor in Chiang Mai, Thailand, selling various types of salapao

Siopao (simplified Chinese: 烧包; traditional Chinese: ; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: sio-pau) is a Hokkien term for bāozi (), literally meaning "steamed buns".[1] It is a famous Chinese-Filipino snack sold mostly in Chinese restaurants or by sidewalk vendors in the Philippines. It has also been incorporated into Thai cuisine where it is called salapao (Thai: ซาลาเปา).[2] It is also a favorite in Hawaii where it is called manapua.

A popular food item in the Philippines and Thailand, siopao and salapao do not require utensils to eat and can be consumed on-the-go. Like bāozi, there are different varieties based on stuffing: Asado or bola-bola (which may use pork, chicken, beef, shrimp or salted duck egg).[3] There is also a baked variety. [4]

See also


  1. Frances Lorraine Haw-Ang (August 25, 2010). "Top 10 Siopao in Manila". Retrieved 21 December 2010.
  2. "Salapao – Chinese Steamed Buns". January 15, 2010. Retrieved 21 December 2010.
  3. Robert Colinares (September 30, 2008). "Siopao (Steam Buns)". Retrieved 21 December 2010.
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