Siopao Sauce Recipe

Siopao Sauce Recipe – from the name itself, this recipe refers to the sauce that your pour or dip siopao with. Siopao sauce generally involves soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, and star anise. In comparison to other types of sauces, siopao sauce has a distinct taste to it. No matter the kind of siopao you decide to have, this sauce adds extra flavor and richness to the steamed bun. Being a sauce, it is not overly difficult to make but it’s all in balancing out the ingredients. This is one recipe you can test out as a beginner:

siopao sauce recipe

Siopao Sauce

Savory sauce for Filipino steamed buns
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 8 servings


  • 2 cups beef stock or broth
  • 1 piece star anise or 1/2 teaspoon five spice powder
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch diluted
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup onions diced
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • A dash of ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • In a heated saucepan, bring pour the beef stock and bring it to a boil
  • Add the onions, garlic, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, salt, ground black pepper, and star anise to the beef stock.
  • Let the mixture simmer for 8 to 10 minutes and more water as needed.
  • Once the mixture has been brought to a simmer, turn off the heat and strain the mixture into a bowl.
  • Pour the strained mixture into a new heated saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  • Mix the cornstarch and water to create a diluted cornstarch mix
  • Add the cornstarch diluted in water then stir continuously until the texture becomes thick.
  • Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool down then transfer the Siopao sauce to a serving container.

What Else to Know About Siopao Sauce

As stated, siopao sauce is applicable to any type of siopao. Siopao generally refers to Filipino steamed bun and has a variety of fillings ranging from chicken to pork and egg. When it comes to siopao sauce, the main thing that makes it different is the soy and oyster sauce. There are different options that come with making the sauce so long as the primary ingredients of sauces and cornstarch are part of the process. If you happen to make a big batch of the sauce, you can transfer it to a container and store it in the fridge for longer shelf life.

Siopao sauce in general contains a lot of unique flavors that originate from a wide variety of Asian and non-Asian sources. It was in the Philippines that the concept of dipping bao or steamed bun in a sauce came to be. While there are other sauces you can try with siopao, siopao sauce is something distinct you need to try.

Are you interested in making siopao yourself? Then you can check out our “Siopao Bola Bola Recipe” or you can check out our other Filipino recipes such as our “Chicken Sisig Recipe.”

siopao sauce recipe

2 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    Made this with star anise instead of 5-spice powder. It turned out very well! Thanks!

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