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ISO: Siopao

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Where can one find good Siopao?

Varieties: Pork Asado and Chicken Bola Bola (any other varieties also are welcome).

FV Foods does a nice pork asado siopao. Other than FV Foods, Rose S Vietnamese Sandwich and frozen products found in Asian markets I don't know where to find Siopao in Toronto.

Help!

(Anyone know anything about Belia’s Siopao? Turned up on an Interwebs search)

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    1. I had never heard of Siopao magic. I just googled them and they sound awesome! I hope someone helps you out, because I'd love to try them.

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      1. re: kwass

        Thanks kwass! I hope so too. I know they're a bit under the radar but they're amazing.

        We'll see..... :)

        1. re: magic

          I'm surprised that they're under the radar. Given everyone's love for Banh Mi and the like, I would expect them to be quite popular.

          1. re: kwass

            It's a Filipino comfort food thing. Not really en vogue at the moment (though getting there!), but might be 2 years from now.

            1. re: magic

              True. Things take time to catch on. How did you discover them?

              1. re: kwass

                Good Filipino friends got me on to them. I haven't looked back.

                When I'm lucky I have some brought in from New Town Bakery in Vancouver. But that is a RARE treat.

                The best I've found in Toronto so far are at FV foods. But it'd be nice to have more options.

                1. re: magic

                  Absolutely!! Options are always good :)

              1. re: magic

                Thanks for the pronunciation. That's not how I was pronouncing it in my head :)

                1. re: kwass

                  I'm sure :)

                  But know you're in-the-know.

                  Get thee to FV Foods (several locations). Get the pork asado siopao and enjoy. :)

                  1. re: magic

                    I have never heard of FV Foods. So again, I just googled them, and they have lots of convenient locations :)

                    Do they sell the chicken one as well?

                    1. re: kwass

                      They might sell a frozen manufactured brand of the chicken bola bola siopao (a chicken meatball with Asian flavour profiles), but I don't think they make any themselves. It's been a while since I've been to FV Foods so maybe that's since changed.

                      They for sure make a pork asado siopao (chopped pork with Asian flavour profiles). They also make a chicken asado siopao, which is almost identical to a pork asado siopao and shouldn't be confused with chicken bola bola.

                      Bola Bola is quite tough to find fresh-made. Actually, they both are.

                      Hope someone chimes in with a rec!

                      1. re: magic

                        Me too :)

                        I just checked, and they're not on the menu, but I wonder if Lamesa would make them for you, if you called and asked.

                        http://lamesafilipinokitchen.com/

                        1. re: kwass

                          Thanks for the link!

                          I'll look into it, absolutely :)

        2. It isn't quite the same, but I've been getting bola-bola siopao from one of the vietnamese sub shops on Spadina (not the bigger green-sign one, the littler one a few doors north of it). I think I've usually come across them on weekends; there's a box at the back corner of the counters and they're fresh, not frozen.

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          1. re: ggom1

            Thanks ggom1, I'll check it out :)

            1. re: magic

              Was just made aware of Manila Bakery on Dundas, in Mississauga. Gets some nice love. Will check it out.