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Pan de sal
Type Bread
Course Breakfast
Place of origin Philippines
Main ingredients Flour, eggs, yeast, sugar, salt
Cookbook: Pandesal  Media: Pandesal

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]


Pandesal 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. It can also be complemented with butter (or margarine), cheese, jam, or peanut butter.

Its taste and texture closely resemble those of the Puerto Rican bread pan de agua and Mexican bolillos. Contrary to its name, pandesal tastes slightly sweet rather than salty.[4][5]


The precursor of pandesal 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 pandesal. Since wheat is not natively produced in the Philippines, bakers eventually switched to more affordable inferior flour resulting in the softer, doughy texture of pandesal.[1][6]

Pandesal 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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  6. ^ Estrella, Serna. "The Secret History Behind Pan de Regla and Other Panaderia Eats". Pepper. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  7. ^ admin. "Pan de Sal: Philippine National Bread | The Daily Roar". Retrieved 2016-07-20.