Filipino Pulled Pork Buns (A North American Twist on Pork Asado Siopao) Recipe

Okay, I’ve been wanting to post this recipe for a couple of months. It’s taken me that long to work up the energy to type up this recipe. It’s not difficult to make, but it does take some time. But believe me, it’s worth it! First of all, you need to make your filling. I use a slow cooker to make tender, juicy Filipino pulled pork. Then, you prepare some pillowy soft and slightly sweet steamed buns. For traditional siopao, you wrap the asado filling in the dough and then steam the dumplings – which is just as delicious. But we’ve opted to steam the buns and then slice them in half, inspired by the famous Momofuku pork belly bun. Then we topped each bun with pulled pork and a generous helping of siopao sauce. We didn’t want to mess with the traditional taste of siopao, so we didn’t add any cucumber crunch or pickled daikon, but you could if you wanted to! So if you’re looking for a small sandwich with all the nostalgic goodness of siopao, give this recipe a try. Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Filipino Pulled Pork (Pork Asado for Siopao) Recipe

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. Continue reading

Crock Pot Kare Kare, Filipino Peanut Curry Stew

Kare Kare is a distinctly Filipino stew that is flavoured and thickened with peanuts. Pronounced “ka-reh ka-reh”, it is thought to have its roots in south east Asian curries. Its combination of flavour and texture is deliciously unusual to the North American palate. I developed this recipe because I needed a way to make this stew with commonly available ingredients. I believe it’s true to the original taste, with a few simplifications for time’s sake (e.g., I decided to use peanut butter rather than a combination of ground peanuts and rice, as well as achuete powder instead of squeezing out annatto seeds in water). Also, I’m not usually a fan of slow cookers, but I didn’t have time to stand over a pot of simmering stew for a few hours. So voila! Here is a version of Kare Kare that can be mostly made in a slow cooker and then finished off on the stove. Enjoy with rice and bagoong (fermented shrimp paste) on the side! Continue reading