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Top: Siopao buns with chicken filling; Bottom: A street vendor in Chiang Mai, Thailand, selling various types of salapao
Alternative namesSalapao (Thailand), Manapua (Hawaii)
CourseSnack, Cuisine
Place of originPhilippines
Serving temperatureHot
Food energy
(per serving)
0.33 kcal (1 kJ)

Siopao (simplified Chinese: 烧包; traditional Chinese: ; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: sio-pau; Tagalog pronunciation: [ˈʃopaʊ]), literally meaning "hot bun"), is the Philippine cuisine indigenized version of the Cantonese steamed bun called cha siu bao.[1]


It is a popular snack sold mostly by bakeries and vendors and in many Chinese restaurants and eateries in the Philippines. There are different varieties based on the filling: pork asado or bola-bola (a combination of pork, chicken, beef, shrimp or salted duck egg). There is also a variety of ways to bake.[2]

A unique variant from Siargao Island is the paowaw, a dessert bun which has a filling of bukayo (sweetened shredded coconut meat).[3]

An old urban legend or canard alleges that siopao is made from cat meat, due to the relative cheapness of siopao and Sinophobia.

In other countries[edit]

There is a similar derivative in Thai cuisine called salapao (Thai: ซาลาเปา). Salapao are sometimes made with a sweet filling for a dessert.[4] It is also a favorite in Hawaii where it is called manapua.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Frances Lorraine Haw-Ang (August 25, 2010). "Top 10 Siopao in Manila". Retrieved 21 December 2010.
  2. ^[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Damo, Ida. "Two Unique Snacks from Surigao: Paowaw & Milledo". ChoosePhilippines. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Salapao – Chinese Steamed Buns". January 15, 2010. Retrieved 21 December 2010.