It's the Filipino version of steamed pork buns, only much, much better. For $1 you get a huge cloud-like roll filled with pork, chicken or bola bola (meat balls). I had the pork which had a curry like flavor to it.
I've gone by this Mission Street Bakery a million times and it turns out to be a filipino bakery specializing in bread ... wonderful bread.
Even though I worked a while in Mexico, I'm really not a fan of pan dulce. When I walked in this stuff looked similar, but the items had names I never heard of. This is tasty and inexpensive stuff.
In addition to the Siopao I had Ube Ensytmada. This was a wonderful yeasty sweet roll streaked purple with ube and frosted with a not too sweet buttery topping (60 cents). I'm a fan of Filipino bread.
Other goodies included mamon which looked like sponge cake, Mungo and Pork Hopia.casava cake, another shocking purple Ube desert.
I asked a philipino customer who was leaving with me how this place compared with other filipino bakeries and her opinion was it made the best bread. She liked Red Ribbon bakery up the street for cakes which she preferred to Goldilocks.
7099 Mission St
Daly City, CA 94014-2253
Phone: (650) 992-1932
Here's a link for a Siopao recipe and a picture