MANILA -- Bread is getting big in our part of the world -- whether it’s soft and spongy Asian-style breads or our much loved panaderia standbys.
1. Egg pan de sal by Merced
896 EDSA, Diliman, Quezon City
Bite-sized and extra soft, these mini pan de sal get a little savoriness from the egg—totally addicting!
2. Pan de putok by Insular Bakery
5051 Burgos Street, Makati City
Available only from 2-5 p.m., this variation on the pan de sal has a hard crust and a cracked top, adding a little texture to your merienda.
3. Pan de sal by Kamuning Bakery
Judge Jimenez corner K-1st Street, Kamuning, Quezon City
Old-fashioned pan de sal baked in a pugon that goes perfectly with any filling you want, from leftover adobo to smoked salmon and cream cheese.
4. Pan de month by Hatch 22 Cafe & Bakery
Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati City
An updated take on the strangely named pan de regla (also known as kalihim), a sweet bun filled with a red food coloring-tinged paste made of leftover bread, milk, sugar, eggs.
5. Monroe bread by JiPan
SM Megamall, Ortigas Center, Quezon City; Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City; 220 Pilar Street, Addition Hills, Mandaluyong. Visit Jipan.com.ph
A soft, buttery loaf that has gained cult status since this Japanese-style bakery first opened its doors in 1992.
6. Sweet black rice bread with black sesame cream cheese by Tous les Jours
Visit www.tlj.ph for a list of branches
We love the gooey texture and nutty, creamy taste of this creation from this popular Korean bakery chain.
7. Hokkaido milk bread by Yamato Bakery Café
22 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati City
Milky smooth and fluffy, this product is one among many hits at this Japanese-inspired bakery.
8. Spanish bread by Harina Artisan Bakery
118 Katipunan Ave, White Plains, Quezon City
A childhood favorite, this sweet bread may be a “poorer” version of the ensaymada, but it’s just as well-loved, especially at Harina.
Check out Food Magazine’s most scrumptious bread list in their Feb-March issue—now available in newsstands and bookstores nationwide. Digital edition available on Zinio.com (link to www.zinio.com/food) and on the App Store.