What can be more comforting and at the same time nostalgic, than some freshly baked pandesal dipped in your favorite cup of coffee early in the morning. Those soft and warm breads bought from the nearest bakery have always been a staple in every Filipino’s breakfast table.
While modern times give us new and exciting breakfast options such as pancakes, waffles, bacon, and omelettes, it somehow feels good to relish that particular feeling of home a simple pandesal brings.
Balai Pandesal, a 24/7 neighborhood bakery, offers that and a whole lot more with their fresh-off-the-oven breads reminiscent of childhood memories. The “Pandesalitas”, a flagship product of Balai Pandesal, is a commitment to keeping the pandesal culture among Filipinos alive. These soft and chewy breads are naturally sweet and addicting; one can enjoy 3-4 pieces in one sitting.
Balai Pandesal is no stranger to us, as their branch in D. Tuazon is just around the corner of our office. We have always been fans, and loyal customers, of their pillowy soft pandesalitas that stretch and crumble when pulled apart.
While Balai’s regular pandesal is ideal for adding your favorite spreads and fillings, this smaller version is best to be eaten on its own due to its mildly sweet taste. Pandesalitas is a product that has been researched and culled from different bakeries across the country, combining methods and techniques that have been tried and tested to produce the best-tasting and longer-lasting breads in the market.
Since Balai Pandesal understands the value of sharing among Filipinos, they came up with bread products packaged in loaves so it is easier to share your Balai favorites with the whole family.
Monggo Bread (P49), Pandeciosa (P59), and Baguio Raisin Bread (P49)
Individually packed pastries are also available for people on the go. Choose from a variety of sweet and savory baked goods like the Klasik Ensaymada (P27), Cheddar Ensaymada (P40), Ube Bread (P29), and Ham & Cheese Bun (P39). These equally satisfying and filling pastries will surely leave you wanting more.
To meet the constant need and demand of customers for new offerings, seeing other products aside from the usual bakery staples at Balai comes as a no surprise. They now have toasted siopao, savory buns, hotdog swirl and many more available in stores.
They also have pizza slices and soya products which you seldom see in other local bakeries.
Super Meaty Pizza (P79/slice, P469/whole 18")
A slice of Balai's Super Meaty Pizza is bigger than your regular pizza slice. It is hand-tossed pizza topped with premium ingredients and uses 100% mozzarella cheese.
Soya Milk (P37) and Chilled Taho(P37)
The soya milk and chilled taho are great options for a refreshing merienda on a hot lazy afternoon or even after office hours.
Expect to see products outside the realm of pandesal as you step inside Balai Pandesal stores. These are hand-picked products personally enjoyed by the owners at the comforts of their home.
After all, Balai Pandesal is all about relishing childhood favorites, and keeping breakfast memories of distant mornings alive in today's fast-paced and modern world.
Craving for Pandesalitas? Drop by a Balai Pandesal branch at these neighborhoods:
1. 134 Mindanao Ave., Bgy. Toro, Proj. 8, Quezon City
2. 104 D. Tuazon St., Bgy. Lourdes, Sta. Mesa Heights, Quezon City
3. 95 Commonwealth Ave., East Fairview, Quezon City
4. 454 Barangka Drive, Bgy. Malamig, Mandaluyong City
5. PLG39 Fairview Terraces (Ayala Mall), Maligaya Drive, Novaliches City
6. 172 C. Raymundo Ave., Bgy. Maybunga, Pasig City
7. Unit 7, Level 3, Dela Rosa Carpark 2, Dela Rosa St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
8. Shell Gas Station, McKinley Rd. cor. EDSA, Bgy. Forbes Park, Makati City
9. G/F Metro Pointe Centre, P. Guevarra St. cor. N. Averilla St., San Juan City