Today’s breakfast: Budong malunggay pan de sal and Hill Station’s Pinoy caviar

Budong malunggay pan de sal and Hill Station's Pinoy caviar

Been sick for the past few days. Some kind of flu aggravated by allergies. It was bad enough that there were so many things I couldn’t eat. It was even worse that among the few things I could eat, nothing tasted right — everything tasted like cardboard. Today, for the first time in so many days, I felt like having breakfast. A little indulgence was in order.

Speedy discovered Budong malunggay pan de sal a few weeks ago. The brand seems to have its origin in Mandaue City, Cebu, although I can’t assert that Budong invented malunggay pan de sal. I’ve been seeing malunggay pan de sal for years, sold under different brands, some were good and others were totally forgettable. Budong malunggay pan de sal, now available in our corner of suburbia (whether through branching or franchising, I have no idea), is quite good. Crusty outside, soft inside. »

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