- 9 pieces mantou, steamed and split open
- 500g ground beef
- 2 tsp five spice
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 cup cheese, grated
These Mantou Sliders Are the Love Children of Cheeseburgers and SiopaoSeptember 14, 2020
There’s something about siopao buns that just make the hand-held dish so good. The flavor, the fluffiness, and the density make it a great vehicle for savory (and sweet!) fillings. So we thought, hey, what else can we put in a siopao? Sisig? Something to make it a dessert siopao? But after a few suggestions were thrown—and a voice of support from someone in the team’s mom listening in on our meeting in the background—we decided to make cheeseburger siopao. (Sorry, correction; we’re calling these babies “mantou sliders.”)
To marry the flavors together, we snuck in a little bit of five spice to give it a familiar Asian kick. But everything else just follows a simple burger procedure. It looks like we just made hamburger patties, slapped some cheese on them, and put them in mantou buns. And we’re not denying it; that’s what makes these sliders so easy to put together for a quick meal.
- Serves: 4-6 people
- Active time: 40 mins
- Total time: 40 mins
- Difficulty: Easy
- Preheat broiler or oven to 450F.
- On a sheetpan lined with parchment paper, spread out the ground beef into one even, thin layer, then score the beef into 9 even squares.
- Season generally with five spice, salt, and pepper.
- Place directly under the broiler and cook until brown and cooked through, about 5-8 minutes.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle cheese evenly over the top.
- Return to broiler until cheese is just melted, about 1 minute more.
- Cut the beef into squares and stuff into the prepared mantou.