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.