Siopao Sauce Recipe

This is a delicious sauce that goes perfectly with Filipino pulled pork. You can dip the steamed buns in it or douse your pulled pork with it.


  • 2 cups water (or pork or chicken stock, if handy)
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 4-6 pieces of star anise
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


  1. Bring everything except the cornstarch to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Boil until reduced by a third. Strain out the sauce into a bowl to remove the onion and star anise. Return the liquid to the pan and bring back up to a boil.
  3. Mix the cornstarch with a few tablespoons of water and then whisk into the sauce until thickened.
  4. Cool and serve with siopao or Filipino pulled pork.


  1. […] Have I mentioned how much I love my new slow cooker? Well, it’s amazing. I’ve made soup, stocks, stews and more; it has made my life as a working mum easier, and to be honest, healthier too. This is a particularly healthy recipe, but it is delicious. Filipino pulled pork, a version of asado, is typically shredded and used as a filling for siopao, a meat-stuffed steamed bun. It’s also good with rice and a fried egg or on a regular or steamed bun. It’s best served with siopao sauce. […]


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