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magic Feb 16, 2014 01:36 PM

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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    ggom1 Feb 19, 2014 05:44 PM

    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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      magic Feb 19, 2014 06:15 PM

      Thanks ggom1, I'll check it out :)

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        magic Feb 20, 2014 07:36 AM

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

    2. kwass Feb 18, 2014 11:35 AM

      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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        magic Feb 18, 2014 12:17 PM

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

        We'll see..... :)

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          kwass Feb 18, 2014 12:31 PM

          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.

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            magic Feb 18, 2014 12:35 PM

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

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              kwass Feb 18, 2014 12:38 PM

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

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                magic Feb 18, 2014 12:40 PM

                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.

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                  kwass Feb 18, 2014 12:46 PM

                  Absolutely!! Options are always good :)

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              magic Feb 18, 2014 12:36 PM

              (Pronounced Show-pow btw)

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                kwass Feb 18, 2014 12:38 PM

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

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                  magic Feb 18, 2014 12:41 PM

                  I'm sure :)

                  But know you're in-the-know.

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

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                    kwass Feb 18, 2014 12:44 PM

                    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?

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                      magic Feb 18, 2014 01:02 PM

                      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!

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                        kwass Feb 18, 2014 01:11 PM

                        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/

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                          magic Feb 18, 2014 01:12 PM

                          Thanks for the link!

                          I'll look into it, absolutely :)

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                            kwass Feb 18, 2014 01:17 PM

                            Let me know what they say :)

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                              magic Feb 18, 2014 01:20 PM

                              Oh, shall do!

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                                kwass Feb 18, 2014 01:22 PM

                                :)

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          magic Feb 18, 2014 10:23 AM

          Nothing??

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