If there’s such a thing as a national bread then it’s pandesal for the Philippines. Pandesal is the most popular bread in the Philippines. It can be found in any corner bakery to specialty chains like Pan de Manila.
Pan de Manila’s pandesal are baked daily inside old-style brick ovens or “pugon”.
Pandesal used to come in just one kind. Now it comes in several varieties like whole wheat, cheese and cheese pesto flavors.
Pan de Manila’s breads don’t have preservatives, artificial flavors or colors. They are also bromate-free and trans-fat free making them a healthy source of bread. Pandesal is best eaten toasted and filled with any kind of filling you want. Popular fillings are adobo, corned beef, cheese, butter or anything you can imagine.
Pan de Coco is one of the favorite bakery breads in the Philippines. It has a filling of dessicated coconut and brown sugar.