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CHAPTER I
INTRODUCTION
Siopao is one of the dish that the Filipinos adopted from the Chinese and it became very popular and a favourite among many Filipino. Siopao is also called Salapao in Thailand, Baozi in China, Pau in Hongkong, or simply known as Steamed buns in English. Siopao is one of the Filipinos favourite snacks or meals. It does not require utensils to eat and it can be consumed on the go. That is one of the reasons Siopao can easily found on the sidewalk at vendors or eatery. Siopao is a Filipino steamed bun with savory meat filling. It is a larger version of Chinese dumplings. Traditionally, the two kinds of siopao flavor are asado and bola-bola. Other kinds can be made, and the fillings for siopao are limitless.

Asado siopao is made with pork or beef cooked in soy sauce and seasonings. Bola-bola siopao is made with pork and Chinese sausage, which are baked with egg and flour. The dough is made from rice flour. Asado is the most popular kind, and can be found in the Philippines at both street vendors and restaurants. The convenience of being able to eat this dish with one hand is part of its appeal.
Asado siopao is made with pork or beef cooked in soy sauce and seasonings. Bola-bola siopao is made with pork and Chinese sausage, which are baked with egg and flour. The dough is made from rice flour. Asado is the most popular kind, and can be found in the Philippines at both street vendors and restaurants. The convenience of being able to eat this dish with one hand is part of its appeal.
Baozi is thought to date back to the Three Kingdoms period in China, which lasted from 220 to 265 A.D. According to legend, Zhuge Liang invented this food in the shape of a human head as an offering when his troops came down with the plague. This food was originally called mantou, which means flour-head. It is still called this in some parts of Southern China, but it is mostly called baozi now.
The basic baozi idea was brought to the Philippines by an



References: Book of knowledge: The Children Encyclopaedia, vol. 17’ pg. 6095-6096 The World Book Encyclopaedia, vol. 15 p. 715 www.wisegeek.com/what-is-siopao.htm

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