Monday, April 25, 2016

Love at First Bite: Balai Pandesal

I love pandesal. It is one of the reasons why I’m a morning person. Nothing beats enjoying freshly baked pandesal in the morning paired with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. I am perfectly happy with Pan de Manila or Pan de Amerikana. There is also this bakeshop in Manila (as in Lungsod ng Maynila) that serves pretty good mini pandesal which I really love. It has this nice faint sweet taste that is simply addicting. But I only get to enjoy it when my aunt visits; which is very seldom. Then I saw Balai Pandesal. 
Hello, Balai Pandesal!

I have been seeing a few reviews raving about this place. But the bakeshop locations I saw were not exactly near my area hence I was not really curious to try it. But it was fate for me to have this for breakfast when I saw it in San Juan during my food trip just last weekend.
I decided to buy a couple of Small Pandesal (PHP3.50 per piece while large ones are PHP7.00 per piece) and Toasted Siopao (PHP9.00 per piece). I didn’t buy much as I just bought a box of diced hopia from Baker’s Fair the day before. 

I ate one pandesal and toasted siopao this morning and… it sure made my morning better. The scorching heat has never failed to make me grumpy but today was different because after several months, I had breakfast, and a yummy breakfast at that. (I normally skip it so that I could stare at the wall some more. I tend to allot half an hour to space out in the morning.) 
The pandesal was just like the one I love from Manila. Balai Pandesal’s bread also has this delectable faint sweet taste. It was good enough to be enjoyed as is. You can save yourself from additional calories from jams and sandwich spread! 
The Toasted Siopao was great too! I got asado and it had this sweet taste which was balanced by the bread. It was not as soft as Tim Ho Wan’s but for PHP9.00, I’m willing to have this over the popular pork buns. 

I can’t wait to buy more of this! 

Balai Pandesal is located at Ground Floor, Metro Pointe Center, P. Guevarra Street, San Juan City. It is the same building with

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