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Pinoy Bread: 10 Best Panaderia Classics
SPOT.ph doesn't cut corners on our favorite panaderia goodies. Which ones are your favorites?
By: Jenny Orillos  |   Published on: May 31, 2010 - 7:00am

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PUTOK
The Bread: Made from monay dough, the putok has a crown on top instead of a split. Its texture ranges from semi-soft to rock hard. The top is brushed with a milk glaze then sprinkled with sugar. The ridges acquire a golden brown color in the hot oven while the rest of its body remains pale to pale brown.†† There are some panaderias, however, that have put their own spin on the putok, placing indentations on top of the bread instead of the traditional crown-like top.

Origin: The name refers to the characteristic split on top of the bread.

Interesting crumbs: The putok is more compact and dense than the monay because of shorter proofing time. To make the traditional ridges, the baker clips the top with a scissor or a sharp knife, forming an "x" which later splits and expands during baking.


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PAGONG
The Bread: The pagong (or pinagong) is a turtle-shaped bread, with a sweet and milky taste, a dense texture and a crunchy shell like the putok.

Origin: The pinagong traces its roots from Sariaya, Quezon where it's considered a must-have pasalubong. It spread to nearby towns and to Metro Manila where bakeries render their own vision of its turtle-ness.

Interesting crumbs: Usually, this bread has a flat bottom and a curved top, like the turtle's shell or carapace. On both ends are protrusions, to mimic the head and the tail. The shape varies depending on the baker and the area. In Malabon, the pinagong has an elongated shape (tail and head are of the same length); its shell has three ridges. Another version is more compact and exact, with just a hint of a tail and emphasis on the limbs on the sides. A crude version focuses on the outline and the three ridges.

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38 Comments
  • Crizzy
    Ang tawag sa Kalihim dito sa Cebu ay Pan Burikat which literally means whore bread. Mean! hehe
    11 months ago     Reply  
  • wtmanalo
    My top ten Panaderia goodies:(10) kababayann (9) ensaymada (8) mamon (7) b*tcho b*tcho (6) putok (5) pianono (4) hopyang munggo palaman (3) spanish bread (2) nutriban (1) mamisong pandesal
    Nov 29 2011 @ 07:46am     Reply  
  • wtmanalo
    My top ten Panaderia goodies:

    10. kababayan
    9. ensaymada
    8. mamon
    7. b*tcho b*tcho
    6. putok
    5. pianono
    4. hopyang munggo palaman
    3. spanish bread
    2. nutriban
    1. mamisong hot pandesal
    Nov 29 2011 @ 07:43am     Reply  
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  • elle
    been around the world, sampled lots of baked goods but nothing beats pinoy bread staples -- spanish bread (sa may quiapo near mercury), cheese bread, at pan de sal. i also miss chocolate 'crinkles'...yum!
    Jan 29 2011 @ 01:39am     Reply  
  • Abe
    sanikulas cookies.
    Aug 06 2010 @ 03:18am     Reply  
  • christinini
    ang hopia ba pwedeng sama dito? nasa panaderia din yun ah
    Aug 06 2010 @ 01:51am     Reply  
  • kayee
    i think one should taste the ensaymada first before judging whether its expensive or not...i am an amateur baker and i know that an ensaymada recipe has lots of egg (yolks) and butter.based on experience (as a homebaker) the best butter around manila is definitely not cheap. if one is contented with the ensaymada in a corner bakery, so be it...but for those who are always on quest for the best, it's always worth to have a taste and check whether the price matches the taste :)
    Aug 02 2010 @ 11:32am     Reply  
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  • Angel
    bakit walang kababayan?
    Jul 28 2010 @ 07:07pm     Reply  
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  • maki-cute
    wala atang pan de monggo, hopia, pudding, star bread, stone bread....
    Jul 14 2010 @ 04:39pm     Reply  
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  • mona
    thanks for the trip back to my childhood. i miss "del pilar" which was the pugon bakery at the corners of del pilar & san andres streets in manila. the one-off corner panaderias are dying out and are being replaced by franchises. too bad.

    btw, none of your pictures look as "proper" as the bread i remember from childhood, and you mixed up the pictures of pinagong and putok! sorry. love them both and can't stand the mix up!
    Jun 28 2010 @ 10:40pm     Reply  
  • restlessInBoston
    These are the things I missed most:
    Philippine panaderia and authentic filipino restaurant. I satisfy my cravings for filipino bread by buying frozen pandesal and ensaymada (made in NJ or NY). I warm the pandesal in the oven for about 10 minutes and voila! It look, smell and taste like freshly baked pandesal. Then I fill it with bologna (for breakfast) or matamis na bao (for merienda), sarap na rin. I'm drooling folks!
    Jun 21 2010 @ 03:53am     Reply  
  • dianne
    wow. i love this post. i'm a bread lover and my faves are monay, cheese bread, pandecoco, pandesal. i grew up eating pianono or kababayan with my dear lolo, after school. i miss those days. hay...
    Jun 18 2010 @ 06:34pm     Reply  
  • january
    i grew up with pandesal, pan amerikano and boleng, which are all specialty of a local pugon back at my hometown. and they have been in the business for 30 years now.
    Jun 18 2010 @ 11:10am     Reply  
  • hanna
    the description does not match the pictures... boooooooo saka bakit walang bunete sa list... booo tlg
    Jun 15 2010 @ 01:42pm     Reply  
  • jopay
    hay dami nio hinahanap nasa number 11 pababa na yun... top 10 list nga lang :p
    Jun 11 2010 @ 05:32pm     Reply  
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  • cathy
    wow this post is making me hungry! sarap talaga ng pinoy bread.
    theres a bakery in makati called THE HAPPY BAKERY that sells these kinds of bread, so far ive tried the pan de regla, spanish bread, cream cheese bread and dulce de l*ch* cake. masarap, malinis and yung cake laging nauubusan (may free extra icing pa!).

    if you work around makati cbd check out the food court of GT Tower and PBCOM building (both in Ayala Ave.) they have 2 branches there.
    Jun 10 2010 @ 08:52pm     Reply  
  • Crispie
    Same here. Our orange juice was the one made from sweet concentrate in giant rounded bottles. Happy na kami nun.
    Jun 08 2010 @ 07:50pm     Reply  
  • greenishblue
    This top ten is very good!!! I love monay!! very reminiscent when I was growing up and having this for merienda with a glass of orange juice with your kalaro ng patintero... Those were the days...
    Jun 05 2010 @ 08:09am     Reply  
  • Kazz
    hmm... i wonder kung nasaan ung egg pie. haha! and yeah, pudding too.

    ...gutom na ko.!
    Jun 04 2010 @ 04:19pm     Reply  
  • Daquiri
    how about MACHACAO (or matsakow)? this poor man's version of biscotti...cut ups of old pandesals and pastries and rebaked to make them crispy...best for kape in the afternoon after our siesta.
    Jun 02 2010 @ 05:28pm     Reply  
  • sabtakosigema
    thanks for ur tinapay issue, nakakatuwang alalahanin ang simpleng buhay, sarap ;)
    Jun 01 2010 @ 05:36pm     Reply  
  • mary_ann_lei
    Where's binatog???
    Jun 01 2010 @ 03:43pm     Reply  
  • PrankZappa
    nasaan ang pianono at kababayan? :D
    Jun 01 2010 @ 03:31pm     Reply  
  • beekeeper
    During summers of our childhood, my siblings and I walk to the nearest panaderia to buy egg pie, kabayan, pandesal and reno liver spread, and a slice of butter plus one liter of coke for our merienda. We get tired after playing habulan the whole afternoon.
    Jun 01 2010 @ 10:27am     Reply  
  • shalum
    I love this post! So very Filipino, relevant and delicious!
    Jun 01 2010 @ 09:20am     Reply  
  • www
    ^I love kabayan too! My favorite pinoy bread would have to be bicho-bicho (elongated fried bread rolled in sugar).The ones they sell here in Manila aren't as soft as the ones I used to have in Batangas.
    May 31 2010 @ 08:26pm     Reply   Hide replies
    • jel
      Hi po sir, im jellica from gma news tv. im looking for someone po who loves bicho bicho. sabi nyo po ksi dto favorite nyo ang bicho bicho? :) pwede nyo po ba akong macontact sir? :) heres my number po: 09273868866. salamat po.
      Jan 22 2013 @ 04:54am     Reply  
  • FilMom
    My lolo used to love eating this bread called kabayan, it's like a small muffin with the top looking like a salakot. it's smooth on the outside...loved it too. also love pan de coco but can't find good ones anymore.
    May 31 2010 @ 07:26pm     Reply  
  • madaboutfood
    pan de coco and hopia = LOVE!
    May 31 2010 @ 06:42pm     Reply  
  • lanz
    wow! i feel nostalgic here,we used to eat that bread especially cheese bread as merienda with my brothers and cousins when we were a kids.
    May 31 2010 @ 04:40pm     Reply  
  • chloe
    bat walang tinapay na katol dito at classic pineapple pie? hahaha! nagutom tuloy ako :)
    May 31 2010 @ 04:12pm     Reply  
  • Haha
    I remember the good old days. Noong bata pa kami, during weekends pagkatapos maglaro sa hapon ay ito ang sumasalubong sa amin pag-uwi ng bahay: Isang balot ng iba't-ibang klaseng tinapay at isang family size na Coke! 'Di ko malilimutan yung sarap ng spanish bread at pan de regla.
    May 31 2010 @ 03:39pm     Reply  
  • bea
    love the list! :) brings back memories of my childhood days.
    May 31 2010 @ 02:01pm     Reply  
  • lashes_26
    good list!!!

    good thing that almost all the breads listed are sold here in UAE except "kalihim"... i really miss eating that....
    May 31 2010 @ 01:48pm     Reply  
  • consiglieri
    so there's a name to that bread with colorful filling,we used to just point to it when buying.I sorta couldn't taste the difference between the colors/flavors though,always suspected they just used different color dyes.(or my local bakery was hella cheap) My suking bakeshop in guadalupe,makati in the 80s while growing up had killer bread pudding,that's what I miss the most.Thanks for the list,it was spot on.(pun intended)
    May 31 2010 @ 01:11pm     Reply  
  • Daquiri
    the best pan de sal is the Baliwag pan de sal...it's not brown or pale in color but yellowish owing to the use of egg yolks not just egg white into the bread. It's very soft and chewy and you don't need any palaman to enjoy it.
    May 31 2010 @ 01:05pm     Reply  
  • boy tinapay
    ok na listahan......pero asan ang pianono??
    May 31 2010 @ 12:38pm     Reply  
  • hungryaleks
    another classic bread that didn't make it on the list is "balintawak." i used to eat this for merienda with a bottle of ice-cold sarsi -- the best pambara and panulak ever!
    May 31 2010 @ 12:38pm     Reply  
  • u8mypinkcookies
    i love love love bread talaga!! :D i miss buying from the neighborhood panaderia though. Haha, I like the pan de coco, spanish bread, mongo bread and "kababayan" (the local version of muffins) :D so yummy.

    Now, we'd usually buy in groceries or bakeshops. Love the marble or butter slice from Goldilocks, wheat bread and ube-cheese bread of Gardenia, ube bun or mongo bun of French Baker and those from Breadtalk too! I can live w/o rice but defintely not bread, LOL.
    May 31 2010 @ 08:37am     Reply  
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