Siopao, pronounced show-pow, is a Filipino dish sold in bakeries and gas stations all over the island. The recipe in A Taste of Guam is for chicken siopao, though pork and beef may also be used. Siopaos on Guam might have a slice of a hard boiled egg. The dough of this recipe is super soft and luscious!
And the debut of my Spam siopao, March 5, 2015......don't you just want to bite the screen? It's insanely good and from now on when I make siopao, I will make this version too: half a boiled egg, half a slice of American cheese, 1/18th to 1/9th a slice of Spam...or as much as you can fit in without tearing the dough....this is what happens when you run out of regular filling and need to make use of extra dough.
I also make a cheesy-bacon bitty-scrambled egg filling that we all love: make cheesy scrambled eggs with lots of bacon bits mixed in. Fold a slice of American cheese in half then tear it in half. Place one half in the center of the dough then top with cheesy-bacon bitty scrambled eggs.
from a fan: "My siopao turned out beautiful. Tastes good, too. Thanks for the recipe, Paula!"
Spam siopao blog post
Chicken kelaguen siopao blog post
Corned beef / PBJ siopao blog post
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