Meet the Philippines’ siopao. It’s a tasty bun that can either be steamed, baked or fried. It literally means “steamed buns”. A famous Chinese-Filipino snack that can be eaten on-the-go and without utensils. It is usually served with a dipping sauce. It comes in flavors like asado or bola-bola (filled with either pork, chicken, beef or salted duck egg). When steamed, it usually has a soft, white dough. When fried, it has a light brown hue and has a slight crunch. Biting into a steamed siopao is quite an experience. Depending on how you like to eat it – either by taking a bite or taking off a piece for that first bite – the siopao is good with or without the dipping sauce.
Steamed Siopao (Php 25 per piece/ Php 65 for 3 pieces) LOCATION: The Park Restaurant, Ground Floor Crown Hotel, Naga City
There are lots of ways to serve and eat a sandwich.
Here is one way. Presenting, the panini! According to Wikipedia, panini is Italian for “small bread”, a sandwich that is usually filled with any kind of deli meat and pressed with a warming grill.
Take a look at this ham and cheese panini – bread sliced diagonally, pressed for those grill marks, filled with ham, cheese, tomato and lettuce. Comes with a serving of french fries. Cost: Php 150.00.
Take a bite into that warm crunchiness!
LOCATION: Red Platter (Cereza, Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City, Philippines. firstname.lastname@example.org/redplatter.ph)