Posted in The Joy of Snacks, The Pinoy Food Route

In Which a Favorite Bakery Sets Up Shop Near the Office…

Guess who moved into the neighborhood...

Pan de Manila is one of the most popular mid-tier panaderias (bakeries) in the city.  Up until recently, though, branches in both Makati and southern suburbia were rather uncommon and one would have to head over to the branch along the South Super-highway for a pan de sal or ensaimada fix.  Lucky for us Salcedo Village denizens, they opened up a branch along Valero – just beside Bugong, too!  😉

Cheese and pesto pan de sal and Cheddar cheese ensaimada

Despite the rising cost of bread in this part of the world, there are actually long lines snaking into the shop early in the morning and at mid-afternoon when office workers start craving for something more filling than a bag of chips.

Two recommendations here – and these will be especially loved by cheese fans: the cheese pesto pan de sal which pretty much tastes like a slightly sweet foccacia as it is rich with basil and cheese and the Cheddar cheese ensaimada which is scrumptiously cheesy and buttery.

Cafe, chocolat au lait, avec chocolat blanc...

Oh, and don’t forget to stock up on packets of PdM’s cafe con leche, chocolate con leche, and chocolate blanco drinks.  They’re perfect for one’s afternoon nosh.  😉



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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