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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The Best Chicken Marsala Recipe

The Best Chicken Marsala Recipe

Chicken Marsala

One of my favorite dishes is Chicken Marsala.  I’ve tried many different recipes in my quest for the perfect one; tweaking each one until it was just right.

Here is the recipe I use and my family loves it.  The sauce in this version is thicker and creamier than other versions due to the heavy cream and corn starch.  If you want a thinner sauce please read the notes at the end to see what ingredients can be omitted or substituted.

This recipe is very easy to make and should be served soon after cooking.  Left overs can be refrigerated, in fact it tastes even better the next day!

I serve Chicken Marsala with garlic mashed potatoes or my cousin’s “poor man’s pasta” the recipe for that is at the bottom of this post.

The Best Chicken Marsala

Ingredients:

1 lb. mushrooms
4 tbls. butter
2 tbls. minced garlic
1 cup Marsala wine
1 tsp. corn starch dissolved in 1/4 cup water
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken tenderloins, pounded to 1″ thickness
2 tbls. olive oil
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. ground sea salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
10 oz. cherry tomatoes, halved
Fresh parsley chopped

Directions:

1.  Wash mushrooms and pat dry.  Slice into thin slices.

2.  Melt 2 tbls. butter in large sauce pan over medium heat.  Add sliced mushrooms and cook until golden brown, about 5-10 minutes.

3.  Add garlic and wine to the mushrooms.  Lower heat and gently simmer until wine reduces, about 15 minutes.

4.  Add cream, corn starch, and sea salt.  It should thicken slightly.  If it’s too thick add more wine to desired consistency, but not more than another 1/2 cup.  Set aside. *

5.  Combine flour, ground sea salt, black pepper, and garlic powder in a shallow bowl.

6.  Heat oil and 2 tbls. butter in a skillet over medium heat.

7.  Toss chicken tenders in flour; shake off excess; fry in olive oil/butter until cooked thru and is golden brown.

8.  Pour Marsala sauce over chicken.  Add cherry tomatoes.  Simmer until tomatoes are soft, but not mushy.

9.  Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.

* For thinner sauce OMIT heavy cream and corn starch in step 4.  Add salt and set aside.  Cook chicken as directed.  In step 9 BEFORE you sprinkle with parsley stir in 2 more tbls. butter, stir until butter melts.  Sprinkle with parsley.

Poor Man’s Pasta

Ingredients:

1 lb. Pasta
3 tbls. butter
1/4 shredded fresh parmesan cheese

Directions:

1.  Cook pasta as directed on box.

2.  Drain pasta.

3.  Melt butter in skillet over medium heat.

4.  Add cooked pasta.  Toss in butter until pasta is covered.

5.  Add parmesan cheese.  Toss pasta until cheese is evenly distributed.

6.  Serve hot.

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6 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
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Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
The Best Chicken Marsala Recipe
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Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
Chicken Marsala
  1. Wash mushrooms and pat dry. Slice into thin slices.
  2. Melt 2 tbls. butter in large sauce pan over medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms and cook until golden brown, about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and wine to the mushrooms. Lower heat and gently simmer until wine reduces, about 15 minutes.
  4. Add cream, corn starch, and sea salt. It should thicken slightly. If it's too thick add more wine to desired consistency, but not more than another 1/2 cup. Set aside.
  5. Combine flour, ground sea salt, black pepper, and garlic powder in a shallow bowl.
  6. Heat oil and 2 tbls. butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  7. Toss chicken tenders in flour; shake off excess; fry in olive oil/butter until cooked thru and is golden brown.
  8. Pour Marsala sauce over chicken. Add cherry tomatoes. Simmer until tomatoes are soft, but not mushy.
  9. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.
Poor Man's Pasta
  1. Cook pasta as directed on box.
  2. Drain pasta.
  3. Melt butter in skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add cooked pasta. Toss in butter until pasta is covered.
  5. Add parmesan cheese. Toss pasta until cheese is evenly distributed.
  6. Serve hot.
Recipe Notes

For thinner sauce OMIT heavy cream and corn starch in step 4.  Add salt and set aside.  Cook chicken as directed.  In step 9 BEFORE you sprinkle with parsley stir in 2 more tbls. butter, stir until butter melts.  Sprinkle with parsley.

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Cheesy Chili Mac Recipe!

Cheesy Chili Mac Recipe!

Cheesy Chili Mac is usually served during rainy and cold seasons. It is packed with vitamins and minerals that is good for your kids. Besides of its very easy to prepare and to cook, it is also a budget meal and 100% sure that your kids going to love this and beg for more cause it tastes cheesy rich and flavorful.

This is my version of Cheesy Chili Mac Recipe!Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

2 ½ cups uncooked macaroni noodles

1 cup frozen corn kernels

15 oz. can kidney beans

1 ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

15 oz. can pinto beans

15 oz. can black beans

15 oz. can dice tomatoes

15 oz. can tomato sauce

2 ½ cups vegetable broth

2 tbsp. flour

2 tbsp. chili powder

2 cloves garlic

1 pc. yellow onion

1 tbsp. virgin olive oil

 

Directions:

In a large pot over medium heat, pour in olive oil then add and sauté the onion and garlic for 3 minutes or until onions are soft and transparent.

Then add the flour and chilli powder, continue to stir for about 2 minutes, or until flour and chilli powder begin to coat the bottom of the pot.

Drain and rinse the kidney beans, black beans, and pinto beans.

Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoe the 3 kinds of beans, the corn, and the vegetable broth to the pot.

Stir very well to dissolve any flour and chilli powder off the bottom of the pot.

Add the uncooked macaroni noodles and stir well.

Turn the heat up to medium high, and let it boil. Stir every other minute to loosen the noodles from the bottom of the pot as it heats up.

When it boils, turn the heat down to low so it continues to simmer gently. Simmer for 12-15 minutes, or until the pasta is tender and the liquid is thick and saucy.

Stir frequently as it simmers just to make sure the pasta does not stick to the bottom of the pot.

When the pasta is tender, you can now add the shredded cheddar and stir until melted.

Serve while it’s hot.

Share with your family and friends! Enjoy!

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  1. In a large pot over medium heat, pour in olive oil then add and sauté the onion and garlic for 3 minutes or until onions are soft and transparent.
  2. Then add the flour and chilli powder, continue to stir for about 2 minutes, or until flour and chilli powder begin to coat the bottom of the pot.
  3. Drain and rinse the kidney beans, black beans, and pinto beans.
  4. Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoe the 3 kinds of beans, the corn, and the vegetable broth to the pot.
  5. Stir very well to dissolve any flour and chilli powder off the bottom of the pot.
  6. Add the uncooked macaroni noodles and stir well.
  7. Turn the heat up to medium high, and let it boil. Stir every other minute to loosen the noodles from the bottom of the pot as it heats up.
  8. When it boils, turn the heat down to low so it continues to simmer gently. Simmer for 12-15 minutes, or until the pasta is tender and the liquid is thick and saucy.
  9. Stir frequently as it simmers just to make sure the pasta does not stick to the bottom of the pot.
  10. When the pasta is tender, you can now add the shredded cheddar and stir until melted.
  11. Serve while it’s hot.
  12. Share with your family and friends! Enjoy!
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Crema de Fruta Filipino Style Recipe!

Crema de Fruta Filipino Style Recipe!

Crema de Fruta is another popular Filipino dessert that usually consists of sponge cake topped in succeeding layers of custard cream, fruits and gelatine. This dessert is usually served during Holidays like Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Festival, Birthdays and Etc.

It’s a delicious recipe that leaves no leftovers during celebrations and still makes your crave for more and more. Today I will give you my version of Crema de Fruta Filipino Style Recipe. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

1 large can fruit cocktail, 30 ++ ounces

2 tbsp. unflavored gelatin

4 cups milk

8 pcs. egg yolks

1 tsp. baking powder

⅓ cup butter

1½ cup flour

1½ tsp. vanilla extract

1¾ cups sugar

2¼ cups water

 

Directions:

Sponge Cake Procedure:

Sift the baking powder and 1 cup flour using a flour sifter. Set aside

Add the 4 egg yolks in a mixing bowl and then beat until the texture becomes thick.

Add-in ½ cup sugar gradually while beating the eggs.

Slowly add the sifted flour and baking powder mixture then mix the ingredients thoroughly.

Combine the 1 cup milk, butter, and vanilla extract in a pan and cook until butter melts.

Pour the cooked mixture milk, butter, vanilla extract into the mixing bowl and mix with the existing concoction until evenly distributed.

Preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pour the combined mixtures in a baking pan then bake for 23 minutes or until sponge cake is ready.

Set aside.

Syrup Procedure:

Heat a saucepan and placing ¼ cup sugar.

Add ¼ cup of water immediately and cook until the sugar completely dissolves then let cool for a few minutes.

Pour the simple syrup on top of the sponge cake and then spread using a brush.

Custard Procedure:

Combine ½ cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 3 cups milk in a pan then cook while stirring until the mixture thickens.

Add half of the cooked mixture on the bowl where the 4 egg yolks are placed, then mix well.

Put everything back in the saucepan with the rest of the ingredients.

Mix until texture is thick enough “this is now the custard”.

Apply the layer of custard evenly on top of the Sponge cake.

Final Procedure:

Drain the liquid concentrate from the fruit cocktail and set aside.

Arrange all the fruits on top of the custard layer.

Make sure to place them evenly.

Dilute the gelatin in 2 cups of water.

Heat the saucepan then pour the diluted gelatin and fruit cocktail concentrate and bring to a boil.

Immediately after boiling, turn off the heat, let cool down until temperature is a little above normal for a room temperature.

Pour the gelatin mixture on top of the fruit cocktail layer.

Refrigerate overnight.

Serve for dessert,

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Crema de Fruta Filipino Style Recipe!
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6-8 people 29 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
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6-8 people 29 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
35 minutes 55 minutes
Crema de Fruta Filipino Style Recipe!
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Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 29 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
35 minutes 55 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 29 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
35 minutes 55 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
Sponge Cake Procedure:
  1. Sift the baking powder and 1 cup flour using a flour sifter. Set aside
  2. Add the 4 egg yolks in a mixing bowl and then beat until the texture becomes thick.
  3. Add-in ½ cup sugar gradually while beating the eggs.
  4. Slowly add the sifted flour and baking powder mixture then mix the ingredients thoroughly.
  5. Combine the 1 cup milk, butter, and vanilla extract in a pan and cook until butter melts.
  6. Pour the cooked mixture milk, butter, vanilla extract into the mixing bowl and mix with the existing concoction until evenly distributed.
  7. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. Pour the combined mixtures in a baking pan then bake for 23 minutes or until sponge cake is ready.
  9. Set aside.
Syrup Procedure:
  1. Heat a saucepan and placing ¼ cup sugar.
  2. Add ¼ cup of water immediately and cook until the sugar completely dissolves then let cool for a few minutes.
  3. Pour the simple syrup on top of the sponge cake and then spread using a brush.
Custard Procedure:
  1. Combine ½ cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 3 cups milk in a pan then cook while stirring until the mixture thickens.
  2. Add half of the cooked mixture on the bowl where the 4 egg yolks are placed, then mix well.
  3. Put everything back in the saucepan with the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Mix until texture is thick enough “this is now the custard”.
  5. Apply the layer of custard evenly on top of the Sponge cake.
Final Procedure:
  1. Drain the liquid concentrate from the fruit cocktail and set aside.
  2. Arrange all the fruits on top of the custard layer.
  3. Make sure to place them evenly.
  4. Dilute the gelatin in 2 cups of water.
  5. Heat the saucepan then pour the diluted gelatin and fruit cocktail concentrate and bring to a boil.
  6. Immediately after boiling, turn off the heat, let cool down until temperature is a little above normal for a room temperature.
  7. Pour the gelatin mixture on top of the fruit cocktail layer
  8. Refrigerate overnight.
  9. Serve for dessert,
  10. Share and Enjoy!
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Barquillos – Filipino Rolled Cookies

Barquillos – Filipino Rolled Cookies

Barquillos or  “Rolled Cookies”, sometimes called “Crispy Biscuit Roll” is one of the many Spanish influenced foods that Filipino’s embraced and adapted. This delicacy is made by pouring a liquid batter in hot iron plates similar to cooking pancakes or lumpia wrapper. But a skillful hand is required in rolling it around a wooden pin before it hardens into hollow biscuit tubes.

Barquillos are crunchy rolled sticks which can simply be eaten as snacks or desserts. It can be found almost everywhere in the Philippines, most especially 4n delicacy stores and pasalubong or souvenir shops on Cities and especially in Provinces.

Today I will give you my version of Barquillos Filipino Style Recipe. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

1/4 cup flour, sifted

5 egg yolks, beaten lightly

¼ cup lemon rind, finely crushed

3/4 cup fresh milk

½ cup sugar or sugar to taste

Directions:

Grease and prepare both sides of the mold barquiller.

Add sifted flour in a bowl then set aside.

Combine milk and egg yolks in another bowl.

Pour mixture on flour and mix until the batter is smooth then add the sugar and lemon rind then set aside.

Put the greased mold over medium heat.

Drop a teaspoon of the batter on the middle of the mold and put the two sides of the mold together so that the batter is wedged in the middle.

Continue cooking the batter on both sides until brown.

Using a greased, cone-shaped wooden stick to shape the barquillos while still warm and soft.

Serve with ice cream

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Barquillos - Filipino Rolled Cookies
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20 mins.
Cook Time Passive Time
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Barquillos - Filipino Rolled Cookies
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20 mins.
Cook Time Passive Time
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Prep Time
20 mins.
Cook Time Passive Time
5 mins. 85 mins.
Ingredients
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  1. Grease and prepare both sides of the mold barquiller.
  2. Add sifted flour in a bowl then set aside.
  3. Combine milk and egg yolks in another bowl.
  4. Pour mixture on flour and mix until the batter is smooth then add the sugar and lemon rind then set aside.
  5. Put the greased mold over medium heat.
  6. Drop a teaspoon of the batter on the middle of the mold and put the two sides of the mold together so that the batter is wedged in the middle. Continue cooking the batter on both sides until brown. Using a greased, cone-shaped wooden stick to shape the barquillos while still warm and soft.
  7. Serve with ice cream
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