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Pan de sal
Pan de Sal (Philippines).jpg
Pan de sal
Place of originPhilippines
Main ingredientsFlour, eggs, yeast, sugar, salt

Pandesal or pan de sal (Spanish for "salt bread"[1]) is a common bread roll in the Philippines made of flour, eggs, yeast, sugar, and salt.[2][3]


Pan de sal is a popular yeast-raised bread in the Philippines. Individual loaves are shaped by rolling the dough into long logs (bastón) which are rolled in fine bread crumbs. These are then portioned, allowed to rise, and baked.

It is most commonly served hot and consumed by dipping in coffee or hot chocolate drink. It can also be complemented with butter (or margarine), cheese, jam, or peanut butter. For some areas in the Philippines, they included malunggay leaves as part of its main ingredient. They call it "malunggay pandesal."

Its taste and texture closely resemble those of the Puerto Rican bread pan de agua, baguette in france, and Mexican bolillos. Contrary to its name, pan de sal tastes slightly sweet rather than salty. Most of the bakeries bake pandesal in the morning for breakfast consumption.[4][5]


The precursor of pan de sal was pan de suelo ("floor bread"), a local Spanish-Filipino version of the French baguette baked directly on the floor of a wood-fired oven (a pugon). It was made with wheat flour and was harder and crustier than pan de sal. Since wheat is not natively produced in the Philippines, bakers eventually switched to more affordable inferior flour resulting in the softer, doughy texture of pan de sal.[1][6]

Pan de sal flourished during the American Commonwealth of the Philippines in the early 1900s, when cheaper American wheat became more readily available. It has since become a staple breakfast bread in the Philippines.[1][7]



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