Puto pao (steamed rice cake with pork filling)

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This delicious Filipino dainty uses the batter of puto and a filling of siopao that is why it is called Puto Pao.

  • Puto Pao (Steamed Rice Cake with Pork Filling)
  • Puto Pao (Steamed Rice Cake with Pork Filling), Photo 2
Recipe type:
Number of serving:
4 servings
15 min
Cook time:
15 min
Ready in:
30 min
Very Easy


1) Pork Filling :
- 1/2 Tablespoon oil
- 1/4 cup diced onions
- 1 Tablespoon hoisin sauce
- 1 Tablespoon catsup
- 3/4 Tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 Tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
- 3/4 Can diced cooked barbecued pork

2) Puto Pao :
- 3 Cup all purpose flour
- 2 Cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 Cup milk
- 1/2 lb butter, melted
- 2 Tablespoons baking powder


Step 1

1) In a wok/pan, heat the oil then add the onions. Cook in high head for about half a minute.

Step 2

Add all the other ingrediencts, except cornstarch and barbecued pork. Allow to cook for another minute.

Step 3

Add the cornstarch to thicken the sauce. Then mix in the diced cooked pork. Set aside and cool.

Step 4

2) Line the puto molds or individual silicon muffin cups with cupcake liners or cut banana leaves.

Step 5

In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together, except the pork filling, until smooth. Fill 1/4 of the molds/cups with the puto batter. Then carefully put a teaspoon of the pork filling at the center of the batter.

Step 6

Add more puto batter in the molds/cups until it is 3/4 full. Place the puto molds in a steamer. Cover it with a wet towel before putting on the steamer cover.

Step 7

Steam for approximately 10-15 minutes.

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