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

Siopao (Chinese: ; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: sio-pau) is a Hokkien term for bāozi (), literally meaning "steamed buns".[1] It is a famous Filipino-Chinese snack. It has also been incorporated into Thai cuisine where it is called salapao (Thai: ซาลาเปา).[2]

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. It is also a favorite in Hawaii where it is called "Manapua".Like bāozi, there are different varieties based on stuffing: Asado or bola-bola (which may use pork, chicken, beef, shrimp or salted duck eggs).[3] There is also a baked variety. [4]

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  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. 
  4. ^