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Pan de Pugon

Pan de Pugon
Location: Shell Gasoline Station C5 Carlos P. Garcia Ave. cor. upper McKinley Road, Western Bicutan, Taguig City, Bicutan (Western) , 1630  
You can ride any commuting public vehicle going to Upper Mckinly road. Taguig, Metro Manila
Accepts Credit Cards
Open 24/7
Open on Holidays
Serves Breakfast
Serves Liquors
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Just OK 2010-10-11
Sunday mornings normally, my wife and I head out to my old homestead up North – Valenzuela. It’s about an hour or so away from where we are living right now so the drive would give you ample time to look for food places that might be of interest along the way. Driving along C5 is no exception.

Along the way, there are a few big gasoline stops that also offer sustinence to the hungry travellers in the form of a few local fast food chains. Fresh food while you’re resting from a pretty long and tiring journey I guess.

It being a morning – pretty early at that, there was one place that got our eye. Pan de Pugon.

The place and the works.

It was situated at a gasoline stop right before you enter the service access to a huge mall along C5. Beside Pan de Pugon there was a local fast food place.

Although the place offered sit down arrangements for anyone who wanted to, it’s a pretty safe bet that people who pass by would do take-aways of their bread. The convenience of having to pick up freshly made bread at any time is one of the selling point I guess for this shop. The staff head count was pretty lean – counter and customer assistance duties was done by one girl. The place was relatively clean. Do you still remember those small time old school bakeries you had near the street you lived when you were little? Think that way. You can even see the oven where the bread got baked.

The food.

This is our answer to all the breadshops that have been sprouting like crazy (brought over from neighboring Singapore and Malaysia which can now be conveniently seen in malls), the main disadvantage really is access to the mass market. I’ll get to that in a second.

There was a literal sea of bread and spreads to choose from. The had a fridge stocked up with a good selection of drinks and some special bottled home made sauces whice I think can be used for pasta dishes at home.

We got their ube (purple yam) ensaymadas and their mongo bread.

The ensaymadas were pretty good mind you. The bread was soft and moist, there was ample butter on top of the pastry and a nice amount of ube jam spread out within the bread and on top it. Not as close to the commericialzed “mega-melt” lines that you may see in malls, but hey – this tasted like old fashioned ensaymadas you got from your friendly neighborhood bakery. The mongo bread was average if you may put it. The read bean paste they mixed it was there, you can taste it but more would have been better (see ube ensaymada filling).

As I was saying a while ago, access is the biggest stumbling block for this concept to take off. The place where we had our fill of Pan de Pugon, you can access it mostly by car. That leaves out a good number of the general population as customers. I wish they would put it in places where the common person who wants to have a pandesal with coffee breakfast can just walk up to and buy without really straying far from where he lives. The bread is indeed good. It’s now a matter of getting the bread to where the regular Juan can easily have some of it.




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