from the Spanish pan de sal, meaning ‘bread of salt’

Pandesal with butter

a type of Filipino bread that’s slightly sweet and baked as small, oval loaves

also spelled pandisal in native Tagalog orthography

Pandesal in paper bag

Pandesal is the most popular bread in the Philippines. Vendors sell them warm in the early morning for breakfast. People usually buy a dozen or so in a thin brown paper bag.

Filipinos like dipping pandesal in coffee or hot chocolate.  Even cold, pandesal is a favorite snack.

Possible fillings for pandesal: margarine, peanut butter, condensed milk, cold cuts, cheese, corned beef, sardines, tomato sauce, fruit jelly, jam…