8 Easy Steps To Make Siopao for Business — Making and selling siopao is a good business to start because you don’t need to buy expensive equipment, and there’s always a strong demand for this tasty filled bun. For a start-up capital P650.00 and using your existing utensils at home, you can make 40 to 80 pieces of siopao working just 2 to 3 hours.
Materials you need to make healty siopao at home:
• Stainless steel or plastic bowls of different sizes
• Measuring spoons and cups
• Rolling pin
• Weighing scale
The above are all available in supermarkets
To make 40 pieces of siopao asado in 50 to 60 grams, you will need:
• 1 kilo of all-purpose flour, about P35.00
• 180 grams of white sugar, about P40.00
• 10 grams of yeast, about P1.50
• 60 grams of shortening, P3.00
• 10 grams of salt, P.30
• 5 grams of baking powder, P.80
For the filling, you will need:
• ½ kilo of chicken filling, P50.00
• 1/3 cup brown sugar, P3.25
• ¼ cup soy sauce, P3.00
• Star anise, P1.50
Ingredients for the sauce are available in most kitchens: brown sugar (P3.25), soy sauce P3.00), chopped garlic (P.70), corn starch (P5.00), and chicken broth. Water (P10.00), preferably drinking water, is used for the dough, filling, and sauce. These ingredients are available at supermarkets, wet markets and baking supply stores.
Easy Procedure to follow in making healthy siopao:
1. Start by preparing the filling. Pre-boil the chicken and shred into small pieces. In a pan, mix the chicken meat with brown sugar, soy sauce, star anise, and half a cup of water. Let the mixture stand for a few minutes, then put on the stove to simmer for 20 minutes, or until the water has dried up. Set aside to cool.
2. Prepare the dough while cooking the filling. Strain the flour on a clean tabletop, clear its center, and into which pour 500 grams of water. Dissolve salt and white sugar in water, and then add yeast.
3. Making sure that your hands are clean, knead the dough manually, or use a mixer if you have one. Knead and pound the dough for 20 minutes using the heel of your palm, applying strong pressure. Once you can form dough balls consistently, add the baking powder. Knead the dough continuously until its surface become fine and smooth. Add the shortening. To know if the dough is ready, cut a piece and make a dent in the middle. The dough is ready if it springs back. Remember, the dough has to be white, elastic, and very fine.
4. To make siopao, cut the dough into 30 or 60 grams pieces. Shape them into small round balls, and then flatten them to give space for the fillings. Put a tablespoon of the as ado filling into each ball. Seal the dough by holding on o the edges and twisting them with your fingers. Put small piece of bond paper (about 2×2 inches) at the bottom then arrange the dough in baking trays. Don’t expose the dough in open air to keep its surface from drying out.
5. Put the dough in the refrigerator for 40 minutes for what is called the final proofing – the process that would make the dough rise to prevent it from breaking and wrinkling after it’s cooked.
6. When the dough has expanded, arrange them in a steamer, putting a space of an inch between each piece. Cover the dough with either clear plastic or a piece of cloth to prevent water form dripping and leaving watermarks on the dough’s surface. Make sure there’s boiling water in the steamer before you put the dough for steaming. Let the dough steam for 25 minutes. Refrain form lifting the pan’s lid often.
7. You can prepare the sauce while waiting for the dough to cook. Star by pre-mixing cornstarch (1/4 cup plus one tablespoon with the chicken broth (1/2 cu, preferably from boiling chicken meat for the asado filling), then dissolve the brown sugar (1/3 cup) in water (1 cup). In a pan, pour all the ingredients: ½ cup of water, 1/3 cup of brown sugar, ¼ cup of soy sauce, and 3 cloves of chopped garlic. Put over a stove on medium heat, continuously stirring the mixture until it boils.
8. Wait for the mixture to thicken before adding the cornstarch mix. Continue stirring the sauce in low fire until the color turns form light brown to black. Remove from fire and let cool before apportioning into small ice candy plastic bags. About a tablespoon will do to flavor a piece of siopao.
How much you can earn in this batch of siopao?
To be competitive, mark up your product by 100 percent, or multiply your production cost by 2.5 if you have workers. You can recover your investment in a month if you make good-tasting siopao and sell almost all of them.
Source: Entrepreneur 45 Home-Base Business Ideas Book