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This Purple Bun Is Taking Davao By Storm!

Davao City

Filipinos eat pandesal regularly, regardless of their socio-economic status. While the Philippines doesn’t have an official national bread, it would be safe to say that pandesal, soft and airy flour roll and relatively sweet, holds the unofficial title. Filipinos enjoy eating eat it several times during the day: for breakfast, paired with a steaming cup of coffee and again for merienda, with coffee or juice.

[related: Pinoy Pan de Sal Recipe: The Salt of the Earth]

ut, as the palates of Pinoy’s level-up, some favorite staples are being experimented on and enhanced, including our all-time favorite pandesal. In Davao City, “Ube Cheese Pandesal” is the top trending merienda topic! It’s a tummy twist to the classic pandesal recipe incorporating natural grated ube (purple yam) and cheese.

According to Chef Ron Donado, Food Technician, it is safe to say that ube and cheese are soulmates because the saltiness of cheese compliments the sweetness of ube. “Nowadays, mas appreciated na ang pandesal na may palaman or flavored versions kasi mas gusto na ng mga tao na one-time bigtime na agad ang kinakain nila kaya patok na patok ngayon ang ube-cheese pandesal. (People nowadays prefer a one-time big-time meal experience! That’s why Ube Cheese Pandesal is a hit because your favorite pandesal has now an ube and cheese filling).”

[related: Surigao del Sur's Breadfruit: A Sweet Snack with a Surprise]

In the Davao Region, the Department of Agriculture encourages farmers to plant yam or ube, especially the purple variety, because of the high demand in the food processing industry, as well as for its therapeutic values.

Ube Pandesal has other fillings available in Davao City such as (the famous) Durian and Langka. Such a vibrant purple bread to enlighten your breakfast morning partnered with your favorite cup of coffee! It’s also a good treat for a snack or just about anytime you crave a soft fluffy roll.

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