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

Slow Cooker Chicken Pho: Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

It’s a new year, and I have a new job – so I and my new Crock Pot (a Christmas gift from a lovely family in Edmonton) are going to be very good friends, methinks. But why stop at stews? One of the very first meals I made in my new appliance is a satisfying Vietnamese soup that’s perfect for the cold winter months. Our family loves an iconic Vietnamese soup: Pho. It is gradually gaining momentum as a mainstream meal in Edmonton, and the key components are tender meat, rice noodles, bean sprouts, fragrant herbs and, most importantly, an intensely aromatic broth. The secret to this version is to char the ginger and onion before slow-cooking. 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

Filipino BBQ Chicken

Filipino BBQ is delicious – and as a recipe its simplicity is amazing. And I’m sure there are as many recipes for the marinade as there are people who love it. Most of the time, pork cubes are marinated in a combination of garlic, ketchup, soy sauce and vinegar (with the occasional secret ingredient of sprite or 7up to tenderize the meat). Then they are skewered and grilled over charcoal. But I don’t want to limit this delicious taste to just pork, so I tried it with chicken – and it was a hit! Personally, I like a thick BBQ sauce. I’m sure it would go well as a basting sauce for other meats or vegetables as well. Continue reading