Pandesal is a type of Filipino bread that’s slightly sweet and baked as small, oval loaves. The name comes from the Spanish pan de sal, which literally means ‘bread of salt.’

Pandesal with butter

Pandesal is the most popular bread in the Philippines. Vendors sell them freshly baked and warm in the early morning for breakfast. People usually buy a dozen or so in a thin brown paper bag.

Pandesal in paper bag

Filipinos like dipping pandesal in coffee or hot chocolate.  Even when cold, pandesal is a favorite snack.

Possible fillings for pandesal: margarine, peanut butter, condensed milk, cold cuts, cheese, corned beef, sardines, tomato sauce, fruit jelly, jam…

Trivia! The first-ever World Pandesal Day was celebrated on October 16, 2015. Why? Because it was World Bread Day. The idea for commemorating our go-to bread was the brainchild of Kamuning Bakery in Quezon City!