Steamed Chicken Adobo Buns – Adobong Siopao

Steamed Chicken Adobo Buns – Adobong Siopao

siopaoThe steamed or baked asian bun.  What exactly is it.  Well Filipinos call it “Siopao”, in China it’s called a “Bao”, and in Hawaii we call it “Manapua”.  These names all refer to the same thing.  That soft spongy ball of dough filled with a variety of fillings like sweet char siu pork, chicken curry, Chinese sausage, or sweet black bean paste; then steamed or baked to perfection.

Siopao, Bao, Manapua, or whatever you want to call it is a family favorite.  It can be an appetizer, a snack, lunch, dinner, or dessert.  It all depends on what it’s filled with.  It’s the perfect picnic food.  Easy to pack and very easy to eat.  Don’t forget it’s delicious too!

In Hawaii and all over Asia these steamed or baked buns are sold out of food trucks, in restaurants, and even at neighborhood convenience stores like 7Eleven.  Everyone has their own favorite place where they’ll swear make the best buns.  In Hawaii my all time favorite is the Aiea Manapua & Snack Shop, this little hole in the wall joint  that has been serving the most amazing char sui and shoyu chicken manapuas for years.

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But in some places siopao or baos are not so easily found and there fore you may have to make it at home whenever you’ve got a yen for some.  Or sometimes you just want a unique filling that they don’t sell in the stores.  That’s why we have this tried and true Siopao recipe that we use to make homemade steamed buns.  In this recipe I will fill it with another Filipino favorite, chicken adobo.

You can use the my Chicken Adobo recipe just substitute boneless chicken thighs instead of bone in chicken parts.   Or you can fill it with Pork Adobo, it’s the same recipe as the chicken but uses pork butt instead of chicken.  Or you can fill it with your favorite meat or veggies.  Really the recipe for the bun is the same regardless of the filling you choose to use.  Click here for chicken adobo recipe.

So today I’m sharing the recipe for the steamed bun dough.  You can fill it with anything you want.

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup warm water

1 packet active dry yeast

2 tbs. sugar

1 1/2 cup warm water

1/2 cup sugar

4 1/2 – 5 cups flour

3 tbs. oil

1 1/2 tsp. salt

Directions:

Place the 1/4 cup warm water in a small bowl or measuring cup

Add dry yeast packet and 2 tbs. sugar

Do not stir just swish it around so the yeast is wet and the sugar disolves

Set aside for about 10 minutes or until it is frothy

Place the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl, but do not add all the flour.  Start with about 4 cups, you can add the remaining flour as you knead to get the correct dough consistency.  You may not need all the flour.

Add the activated yeast mix and mix well to form a medium soft dough.  Add remaining flour in small increments until you achieve the correct consistency.

Knead the dough by hand or with an electric mixer using the dough hook attachment.  Knead until the dough is very smooth and elastic.

Turn into and oiled mixing bowl.  Roll the dough in the bowl to cover with oil.

Cover with plastic film and leave to rise in a warm place until it doubles in size.

Punch out excess air and divide into about 24 balls.

Flatten each ball into a flat circle on a lightly floured surface.  Flatten dough to about 1/4″ thick.

siopaoPlace a heaping tablespoonful of filling in the center of the flat dough then draw edges towards the center and crimp or twist closed.

Place each ball on a small square of parchment paper, crimped side down and let rest until it doubles in size.

Be patient because properly risen dough will turn into light and fluffy buns!

When dough is properly risen steam each bun on high heat for 15 – 20 minutes.

Serve warm or cold.  Store left over buns in the fridge in zip lock bags.  To reheat either re-steam or cover with a damp paper towel and heat in the


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Yeast Starter
  1. Place the 1/4 cup warm water in a small bowl or measuring cup Add dry yeast packet and 2 tbs. sugar Do not stir just swish it around so the yeast is wet and the sugar disolves Set aside for about 10 minutes or until it is frothy
Dough
  1. Place the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl, but do not add all the flour.  Start with about 4 cups, you can add the remaining flour as you knead to get the correct dough consistency.  You may not need all the flour. 
  2. Add the activated yeast mix and mix well to form a medium soft dough.  Add remaining flour in small increments until you achieve the correct consistency.
  3. Knead the dough by hand or with an electric mixer using the dough hook attachment.  Knead until the dough is very smooth and elastic.
  4. Turn into and oiled mixing bowl.  Roll the dough in the bowl to cover with oil.
  5. Cover with plastic film and leave to rise in a warm place until it doubles in size.
  6. Punch out excess air and divide into about 24 balls.
  7. Flatten each ball into a flat circle on a lightly floured surface.  Flatten dough to about 1/4" thick.
  8. Place a heaping tablespoonful of filling in the center of the flat dough then draw edges towards the center and crimp or twist closed.
  9. Place each ball on a small square of parchment paper, crimped side down and let rest until it doubles in size.
  10. Be patient because properly risen dough will turn into light and fluffy buns!
  11. When dough is properly risen steam each bun on high heat for 15 - 20 minutes.
  12. Serve warm or cold.  Store left over buns in the fridge in zip lock bags.  To reheat either re-steam or cover with a damp paper towel and heat in the 
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Oh So Spicy Homemade Salsa Recipe

Oh So Spicy Homemade Salsa Recipe

Spicy homemade salsaI concluded years ago that if you want great salsa you only have two choices.  One, find a family owned Mexican restaurant preferably one south of the border or in  border zones in states like Arizona, California, and Texas.  Or two, make it at home.  Since I live in Hawaii I generally opt for option two as I can’t jet off to Mexico or the border states each time I’ve a yen for salsa.  So I came up with my Spicy Homemade Salsa Recipe.

At our house we like our salsa chunky, tasty, and very spicy.  That’s why those store bought bottles of salsa just don’t make the cut.  I mean the old TV commercial was right who wants to eat salsa mass produced in like Ohio or worse yet China!

spicy homemade salsaMy Spicy Homemade Salsa is perfect.  It uses fresh ingredients and lots of it.  It’s chunky and flavored with lots of fresh cilantro, limes, and of course hot peppers.  The hotter the better!

Now my Spicy Homemade Salsa is just that salsa, meaning it’s saucy.   We use my Spicy Homemade Salsa as a dip, topping, or filling.  Yes a filling!  I love it rolled up in a fresh hot tortilla!

Here’s the recipe, you might think it’s a bit fussy.  But believe me it’s worth the time!  I usually mix up a batch, it makes about 3 small bowls, to serve with dinner.  Any left over salsa will keep in the fridge for about 2-3 days.  I’m not sure because it never lasts more than 3 days at our house, heck we’re lucky to have left overs which is generally gone by the next day!,

Try this salsa on Dion’s Steak Flautas, it makes that delicious dish my grandson Dion makes for us outstanding!

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  1. Wash Tomatoes and Jalapeno Peppers
  2. Drizzle 1 Tsp olive oil over unpeeled bulb of garlic
  3. Grill all the vegetables until cooked - Tomatoes, Onions, Peppers, and Garlic
  4. Remove the peel from the grilled tomatoes and dice the tomato
  5. Dice the onions and peppers and place in a bowl with the tomatoes. Be sure you add the pepper seeds in the bowl too. (for less spicy salsa remove and discard the seeds or just add the seeds of 3 peppers to the bowl and discard the rest of the seeds)
  6. Slip garlic out of its peel and crush. Add to tomato mixture
  7. Add cilantro and stir everything together
  8. Squeeze lemon juice over the tomato mixture and mix well
  9. Add olive oil and salt to the salsa and mix well
  10. Serve hot or cold
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Sun Dried Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Sun Dried Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Sun Dried Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Here’s a new hummus flavor I whipped up for the family.  It goes great with the Beef Shawarma wraps I make.  It’s very easy to make.  You can use a food processor, but I was too lazy to take out my processor so I made it in my Ninja blender, it worked just as well.
I use sun dried tomatoes I buy in the open markets of Venice.  I store them in the freezer and soak them in water for a few hours before using them.  You can use the sun dried tomatoes they sell in jars at the produce section of your local supermarket.  As for the roasted red pepper I just use the ones in a jar I get from the supermarket.
Ingredients:
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes
1/2 cup roasted red peppers
1 cup chick peas – Garbanzo Beans
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbls. sesame tahini
1 tbls. minced garlic
1 tsp. sea salt
Juice from 1 lemon
Extra Virgin olive oil (optional)
Directions:
Place tomatoes in blender or food processor – blend until finely chopped
Add red peppers – blend until finely chopped and mixed well
Add chick peas, oil, tahini, garlic, salt – blend until it becomes a soft paste

Add lemon juice – blend  until it’s absorbed

Move to serving bowl or dish.  If desired drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil before serving.

You can use this hummus as a dip or spread.

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6 Servings 10 Minutes
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6 Servings 10 Minutes
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Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. Place tomatoes in blender or food processor - blend until finely chopped
  2. Add red peppers - blend until finely chopped and mixed well
  3. Add chick peas, oil, tahini, garlic, salt - blend until it becomes a soft paste
  4. Add lemon juice - blend until it's absorbed
  5. Move to serving bowl or dish. If desired drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil before serving.
  6. You can use this hummus as a dip or spread.
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Round-up of Dog Biscuit Recipes!

Round-up of Dog Biscuit Recipes!

Me and my family love biscuits and our pups too, but unfortunately, some ingredients are not Dog-friendly, so I’m thinking maybe I could make a homemade Dog Biscuit Treats, I got some experiment and came up 6 Round-ups of Dog Treat Biscuits.

Treat your dogs with our homemade biscuit Recipes, These recipes are super fun to prepare and inexpensive. Enjoy!

 

 

Homemade PB & Veggie Dog Biscuits For a Shiny Coat!

These biscuits are healthy treats for your fur ball, they’re easy to make and much less expensive than commercial dog biscuits.

Homemade PB & Veggie Dog Biscuits For a Shiny Coat!

Doggie Breath Freshener Treats

They are so easy to make, the pup loves them, and they’re healthy too!  An added bonus is that they’re very inexpensive, especially if you have a herb garden and use your homegrown parsley.

Doggie Breath Freshener Treats

Chicken in a Biscuit Doggie Treats

The best part is these doggie treats are easy to make using just 3 ingredients.  They’re also much less expensive than any dog treat you can buy at the pet store.  And you know exactly what’s in them and where the ingredients came from.

Chicken in a Biscuit Doggie Treats

Easy 4 Ingredient Doggie Biscuits

I used organic and natural ingredients for this recipe, but you can use non-organic.    Make some for your pups for International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day!

Easy 4 Ingredient Doggie Biscuits

Homemade Doggie Biscuits

I baked these treats in about an hour using just a few ingredients, many of which I already had in my pantry. Your Pup Going to Love this!

 

Homemade Doggie Biscuits

DIY Dog Treats – Healthy, Inexpensive, Easy!

You can make a batch of these treats and store in airtight containers for about a week

DIY Dog Treats – Healthy, Inexpensive, Easy!

Sweet Potato Dog Chews

It’s super easy to make.  The bag contained 6 fairly large sweet potatoes so I got a lot of chews for $5, I already had the other ingredients in my pantry.

Sweet Potato Dog Chews


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14 Round-Up of Filipino Christmas Dishes

14 Round-Up of Filipino Christmas Dishes

Christmas is yearly Christian festival celebrating Christ’s birth. In Philippines, the majority of the population is Roman Catholic Christians that why Christmas is so important and needs to celebrate at least once a year. This is the time where people of all ages sing a Christmas song in every house they drop-in, we call in “CAROLING” after the song, the resident in the house will give them treats or money, that’s our way of expressing Christmas cause Christmas here in Philippines is Giving, no matter what, you have to give cause we believe that Christmas is Giving.

We celebrate Christmas every December 25th of the year so we will have our we call it “Noche Buena” or A midnight Meal ready to go. We have lots and lots of Noche Buena Recipes to Enjoy but for now, I will going to give you our 14 Round-Up of Filipino Christmas Dishes since Christmas is near to come.

 

Filipino Style Spaghetti

Unlike any other spaghetti recipe, Filipino Style Spaghetti is quite different and simple, no herbs and no other spices and a little bit sweet cause it is really cooked specially for kids. Best for Noche Buena.

Filipino Style Spaghetti

Tupig Filipino Recipe!!!

Oh, I love this Tupig! It’s super yummy mouth-watering made from glutinous rice.

Tupig Filipino Recipe!!!

Gulaman – Gelatin in Coconut Milk Recipe!!!

This is a perfect desert for Noche Buena. Superb!

Gulaman – Gelatin in Coconut Milk Recipe!!!

Paksiw na Pata (Pork Stew in Vinegar and Soy Sauce) Recipe!!!

This is a main dish during Noche Buena, it’s one of the Filipino Signature Dish that every Filipino loves.

Paksiw na Pata (Pork Stew in Vinegar and Soy Sauce) Recipe!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Macaroni Salad (Filipino Style) Recipe!!!

I want more and more of this dessert dish is perfect for Noche Buena desert and snack.

Macaroni Salad (Filipino Style) Recipe!!!

Pork Embutido – Filipino Style Meatloaf

What I like about this dish is the balance of sweetness and saltiness, I really like the taste of it.

Pork Embutido – Filipino Style Meatloaf

Beef Morcon (Filipino Style) Recipe!!!

Morcon, a meat roll stuffed with sausage, veggies, and egg, is a popular Filipino dish usually served on special occasions like Christmas. I also love this wonderful dish!

Beef Morcon (Filipino Style) Recipe!!!

Suman Malagkit (Sticky Rice Roll in Banana Leaves) Recipe!!!

I also love this Sticky rice, with its balance sweetness and stickiness, you going to love this too.

Suman Malagkit (Sticky Rice Roll in Banana Leaves) Recipe!!!

Maja Blanca (Coconut Pudding) Filipino Recipe

This Filipino dessert is made with cornstarch, coconut milk, and sugar.  It is also called Coconut Pudding.   This luscious dessert is easy to make using common ingredients. Perfect for Christmas occasion.

Maja Blanca (Coconut Pudding ) Filipino Recipe

Merienda Series – Bibingka Galapong

You will love this Bibingka, The smell is terrific and the taste is fantastic! LOVED IT!

Merienda Series – Bibingka Galapong

Puto Cheese (Steamed Rice Cake with Cheese)

A little bit of sweetness, soft and fluffy YUMMY!

Puto Cheese (Steamed Rice Cake with Cheese)

Halayang Ube (Purple Yam Jam) Recipe!!!

MY OH MY OH! THIS IS HEAVEN! I TELL YOU, HEAVEN!!!!

 

Halayang Ube (Purple Yam Jam) Recipe!!!

Hamonada or Hamon (Homemade Ham) Filipino Style Recipe!!!

And last but not the least; Noche Buena is not perfect without a Hamonada in the Table. Tender and Juicy, mouth-watering Main Dish for Christmas.

Hamonada or Hamon (Homemade Ham) Filipino Style Recipe!!!


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