3 Reasons Why I Love Pan de Manila

Pandesal ( Spanish : Pan De Sal, "salt bread") is a bread roll made of flour, eggs, yeast...

Pandesal (Spanish: Pan De Sal, "salt bread") is a bread roll made of flour, eggs, yeast, sugar, and salt.  It has become a common food item in the Philippines. - (Source: Wikepedia)
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I believe, every Filipino has tasted Pan De Sal at least once in their lives.  It's the most versatile bread I've known, pair it with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juice, soft drinks, egg, sausage, hotdog, longganisa, peanut butter, margarine, cheese, actually with anything edible, the combination is unimaginably endless!  For me, it is the most accessible bread to all.  You could get it from "Manong PotPot" (street vendor on bikes), from the neighborhood bakery or best, from Pan De Manila!
My love story with Pan De Manila started way back in 2002, Nagtahan branch to be exact.  The attraction at first was all physical, seeing pan de sal baked the using the old-style clay-brick ovens.  But now, as I get to know Pan De Manila more, my love developed deeper.

Here are the 3 Reasons Why I Love Pan de Manila:
1. Pan de Sal
There is something about Pan de Manila's clay-oven baked pan de sal.  Unlike other pan de sals, they become deflated in the afternoon.  Pan de Manila's pan de sal retains its form, if you compare it to a man, "matipuno" pa rin even in the afternoon.  Others become hard if you don't eat it immediately.  Pan de Manila's remain soft even at night.  Small pan de sal costs P2.50 each while the big ones cost P6.00/P6.50 (regular/wheat.)
2. Choloate Con Leche
Among all the hot chocolates I've encountered in my life, this is on the top of my list.  Not to mention, compared to Starbuck's, Seattle's Best, McDonald's, Jollibee's or Tsoko.Nut's hot chocolate, this is the MOST AFFORDABLE only at P16.00 per sachet.  The taste is a mix between the sweetness of McDonald's and the bitterness of tablea cocoa.  It's best served in the morning or during the afternoon merienda.
3. Bananamon
Banana is one of my favorite fruits.  For this, it was easy for me to learn to eat banana cake when I was a kid.  I favor those that are moist and not too sweet.  Pan de Manila's Banana Mon is a fusion of the moistness of a Banana Cake and the fluffyness of Mamon.  For me, it's the PERFECT combination, moist and texture, playing and melting in your mouth as you take one bite after the other.  Best served when warm. A winner at only P26.00 each.

I am Not Selfish
Though I've completely fallen in love with Pan de Manila, I can share it with you.  There are a lot of other reasons to love Pan de Manila, discover yours soon!

If you love Pan de Manila as much as I do, could you share what you love about it?  




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57 comments

  1. My family loves Pan de Manila too. French Baker is good as well, pero sobrang mahal naman kasi ng bread nila. Parang di pang masa :(

    Visiting from CE Sept4.

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  2. Farida Jane TiongsonSeptember 4, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    I've tasted bananamon recently. It has an after taste of coconut or must be just my imagination, hahaha. I will try their chocolate con leche too and will try your advise :)

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  3. We do not have Pan de Manila in my city. I will surely look for this bakery when I am in Manila.

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  4. I love breads - and I will look forward to having this if I am ever in Manila!

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  5. I love their pandesal too. I love their garlic-falvored butter too. (visit from BCB)

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  6. yeah that's why for practicality's sake I go for Pan de Manila. I love chocolate croissants at French Baker din, pero agree mahal. :)

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  7. Mararap siya pag-warm paired with Chocolate con Leche! :) Nice seeing you again!

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  8. Yes Sandra, try their breads, they have a lot of other variety. They have wheat ensaymada as well! :)

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  9. Hi Daddy Allan, nice seeing you again! I also like their cheesesticks. :)

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  10. i also like their pan de sal but didn't tasted the bananamon and chocolate con leche, after reading your post perhaps i should try these

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  11. good to know that you love eating pandesal... i wish you can have a taste of ours too. We have a bakeshop. The pandesal that get to be so hard when cooled, stayed in the oven for a long time (it's toasted).

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  12. Hi Reese! Yes do try bananamon and chocolate con leche, they go well together! :) warm the bananamon a little, mas masarap! :)

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  13. HI Lorena! :) Where's your bakeshop? Hope it's near our place. =) Thanks for dropping by. :)

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  14. I have tasted everything you said except for
    Choloate Con Leche ? Will try to drop by the nearest branch and make my verdict for this one :)

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  15. Hi Jennifer. Chocolate con Leche is by far my most favorite hot chocolate drink in the affordable category! You really should try it too! :) Thanks for dropping by!

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  16. thanks for the sharing.. I wish I can try it myself one of this day..I am far from Manila kasi..

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  17. I looove Pan de Manila,. especially their Pesto cheese sticks! :)

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  18. I've tried it once but am not really a fan of it.

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  19. I love Pan de Manila, even my dad. He doesn't mind walking the extra miles just to get his daily servings.

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  20. aaaw Gven-Rose, sayang. If ever you're here, it's worth the try. =)

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  21. Nice seeing you Dominique! That's what some of my friends say too. =)

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  22. Hi Verna! That's nice to here! You know my dad also likes walking long distance, it's his form of exercise. He's already 70+

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  23. I can't say we are fan of Pan de Manila but we like their pan de sal so much

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  24. I also love their pandesal for the same reasons as yours. Unfortunately, there is no Pan De Manila near our place today unlike when we were in Quezon City where it was only a walking distance.

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  25. basically this bakery can be found in manila, i hope they would branch out as far as davao city... hehehe

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  26. i miss eating pandesal. was planning to make one over the weekend. pan de manila's pandesal is good. i agree it stays soft even the following day.

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  27. Definitely, Pan de Manila's pandesal is the best! Give me a couple of pan de sals and a jar of Spanish sardines and I'll be in breakfast heaven. :D I've never tried their chocolate con leche though. I'll make sure to grab some this weekend.

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  28. Pan de Manila fan here too! Love their herbed cheese breads, haven't tried the bananamon but Im sure i'm going to love it as well! :)

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  29. I love pandesal but sad to say we do not have Pan de Manila here in our area. Would love to try it though :)

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  30. I love Pan De Sal. Pan De Manila do produce one of the best of it.

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  31. Hi Pheobe dear. That's good to know that we are all pan de sal lovers. :)

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  32. Hi onlinemommy, sayang nga. A lot actually who had transferred miss Pan De Manila's proximity to their place. =(

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  33. Hi Nice, true true. They could call it Pan de Davao =) I love Davao, we have relatives there! :)

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  34. Hi Olga! Yes do try their Chocolate con Leche! For me, it's the best in the budget-range hot chocolate! :)

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  35. Yes Vera! try their bananamon paired with Chocolate con Leche. Remember to warm the bananamon first before eating. Mas masarap =)

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  36. Sayang Gayle, maybe someone could suggest Pan de Manila to expand their business to other areas in the Philippines! :)

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  37. i love hot pandesal in the morning! :)

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  38. Love love love hot pandesal especially with kesong puti! -jellybelly

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  39. Khimbyrlee EerlrybmihkSeptember 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Yeah, I love their pandesal . :D

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  40. Hello Louise ! I forgot to tell, you I can gobble 10 pandesals during my skinny grade school years. Now, I can only finish 5 pandesals , but that might change once I try the pansedals of Pan De Manila.


    Btw, I just nominated you for the Liebster Award, Go visit my blog and you will know why.

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  41. I miss this <3 I thought moving to a
    condo home that's beside a mall will be bliss. But sadly there are
    little things I don't get to enjoy anymore. I have no clue why there
    aren't any decent bakery near where I live! :/ There's one but I have to
    cross an EDSA footbridge just to buy pandesal! And Yes there's the mall but it doesn't open until 10AM. :( I miss eating pandesal in the morning ( T-T)

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  42. I love Pan de Manila too nung nasa Pinas pa ako.. super lapit ito sa proj.4 where I worked. I really miss na nito...mabango at may laman compared to ordinary pandesal.

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  43. I love pandesal! It's a staple food for breakfast of most FIlipino homes, I believe. I agree that it is very versatile. I can even just dunk it in coffee and enjoy.

    Speaking of versatile, hope you don't mind, I included you on this list: Versatile Blogger Award

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  44. Nawala ang pandesal...este ang comment. It probably landed on your spam folder because of the link I left there. Do check it out...you have an award :-) I like hot pandesal with plain butter or peanut butter...yum! Oh and yes, tuna plain or with mayonnaise. The best!

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  45. Hi there Sarah! :) Wow 5 ha! That's a lot! Thanks for the nomination that means a lot! I'll go check on your site. Thanks again dear! Nice seeing you always! :)

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  46. Oh, that's a little sad dear Lady. There's something about living in a residential village/barangay that you don't get to really enjoy when you're living in high-rise buildings no? Kakatakot nga naman if you cross EDSA pa, kahit footbridge just to buy them.

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  47. Hi Anygen! That's so true! Iba ang pan de sal sa Pan de Manila. Pero kahit anong pan de sal pa.. I still love eating them! :)

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  48. Yes :( Including manong ice cream, taho, isaw, banana cue, lugaw, carinderia, etc., *lol* puro street food XD I lived in Manila for 8 years and everything was accessible and open till 12AM. Nakakamiss *huhu*

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  49. Hi Dear, will check it out! Thanks thanks! And yes, pan de sal in the morning is the best! :)

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  50. I know diba? add to it kwek-kwek, isaw, barbeque, bananaque! hihihihihi! nagugutom na naman tuloy ako!

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  51. Wow, you know how to make one? Share your recipe! :)

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  52. I take pleasure in, cause I found just what I used to be taking
    a look for. You have ended my four day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day.

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