Malunggay Pandesal

Philippines
May 23, 2012 12:38am CST
On our way home yesterday, I noticed two bakeries selling malunggay pandesal. I just wonder what is the difference about the two. I know malunggay has its health benefits, but aside from this, do you think there is difference between the regular pandesal and the malunggay pandesal? Do you think it is enough to have this malunggay pandesal to get its health benefit effects? Do you think these bakeries are just riding on the issue that malunggay has many beneficial effect so that they included it in pandesal to make a better market or sell pandesal with higher price? What are your views mylotters? Good day!
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@SIMPLYD (48935)
• Philippines
23 May 12
We know that malunggay has its very healthy benefits. Thus, there are new products stating that one of the ingredients is mallunggay, because they know that people will like that. One of them is pandesal, and i can tell you that they are delicious. Though, you can see the mallunggay fragments (green specks) in the pandesal, you cannot taste their a bit bitter taste. Here in our place, malunggay pandesal is a hit. There's always a long line.
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• Philippines
23 May 12
This is what other people are thinking, knowing that malunggay had many health benefits, they will opt to choose those with this plant. Here also in our place, bakeries selling the said items always have a long line of buyers especially in the morning. Most bakeries that sells the said pandesal are open 24 hours and offering oven fresh and hot pandesal regular or this malunggay one.
@SIMPLYD (48935)
• Philippines
24 May 12
Of course who wouldn't want a healthy pandesal, my friend?
• Philippines
5 Jun 12
Yes you are right. Most of us wants healthy foods. But what comes in my mind is, does the amount of malunggay included in the pandesal are enough to consider them healthy?
@lady1993 (12520)
• Philippines
23 May 12
Maybe there is since there is malunggay added to it, maybe t is real or just flavoring.. Why don't people just buy seedlings of malunggay an dplant them in the backyard, they grow quickly anyway.
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• Philippines
23 May 12
I just really don't know what will be the big difference of the two pandesal. You are right, they can plant them and grow it in the backyard. It can be easily grown. Even cuttings can be used in growing them.
@lady1993 (12520)
• Philippines
24 May 12
yeah, everyone should just plant malunggay in their backyard since artificial foods that are mixed with malunggay becomes more expensive, i have no idea why.. since malunggay is very cheap.
• Philippines
24 May 12
I guess because of the its impact on the mind of others that it give more benefits compared to the regular one. You are right malunggay is cheap bt having the fact it contains many benefits, some people will sell it more expensive not because of the malunngay but the claim of its health effects. Another is to consider the processing like drying of malunggay. It really needs lot of leaves to produce a kilo of dried and crushed leaves.
@obe212003 (2305)
• Philippines
23 May 12
Since being able to taste the malunggay pandesal, I think it is far more better than the regular pandesal, it taste better especially when it is hot not needing any regular or special sandwich spread. It smells good, smooth to eat, and quite healthy with malunggay on it. It is best eaten fresh from the oven as the texture hardens after an hour or two, although you can reheat it again.
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• Philippines
23 May 12
Yes the one that I tried tastes really different from the regular ones. Do you think the better taste is contributed by the malunggay? Do you also think the regular pandesal can be also turned into something that tastes like the one you tried? Thanks for your response.
@obe212003 (2305)
• Philippines
23 May 12
They are actually making the dough from malunggay/flour mixed powder. Malunggay leaves were dried, crushed and mixed with the flour. Then the bread processing is just the same for the regular pandesal. I do know about if the regular pandesal could attain such taste as that of the malunggay's.
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• Philippines
23 May 12
Yes they included dried, ground malunggay leaves in the dough. I just hope that the regular pandesal will taste like this one. I just wonder, how much malunggay leaves has been used in making this. It also came into my mind that there might be a plantation of this plant somewhere who supplies tons of dried malunggay leaves. I used to dry leaves too and make it into a capsules which really needs a lot of leaves to produce a kilo of dried, ground leaves. I used this as a supplement so for me, it is not an issue if I will buy malunggay pandesal or the regular one. Good day!
@airkulet (2706)
• Philippines
23 May 12
I have always bought it every morning and there is no difference in taste, aside from the benefits why I always buying it, the bakery here maintained its temperature in the oven and what I hate about it is the mumog only, sorry can't tell how I translate it in English
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• Philippines
24 May 12
Mumog, if I am not mistaken is the "bread-crumbs-like" particles that covers the pandesal. Really, no diffrerence in taste? Some of the respondents said that it has different taste compared to the regular one. Maybe it has different recipe depending on the bakery. You are correct, even the regular ones are best served oven fresh. Thanks for the response. Have a nice day!
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@airkulet (2706)
• Philippines
25 May 12
now I know hahaha
@chicgale (2983)
• Philippines
23 May 12
There is a bakery near my place selling malunggay pandesal. I haven't get a chance to drop by and taste the bread, but according to my friends who tasted it, they said it tasted good. I may try to stop by one day just to find out.
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• Philippines
23 May 12
I just tried this once. Maybe, I will have a try again and compare the difference between the two. I must buy the two types of pandesal (malunggay and regular) in just one store so I can really tell the difference between the two.
@chicgale (2983)
• Philippines
23 May 12
That's a good idea. I will do the same also.
@judelen (430)
• Philippines
26 May 12
Hello! Yes there are many bakeshops now selling malunggay pandesal. You know markets now are knowledgeable on health problem to our people today. They are more creative on how people can access for a better and good health. You know one day I do have my groceries at one of the big malls here in our city, i found out that is not only in food thus malunggay have but there is also in lotion, shampoo and whitening cream. So malunggay is now in the market today in many different form or approach.
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• Philippines
27 May 12
You are right, because of the heath benefits of the said plants, many manufacturing companies are using it to go with the flow. They are even included in the tomato sauce. I just remember when the VCO became hit in the market, almost everything like shampoo, lotion even whithening cream claimed to contain VCO. This is what is happening in the market. This time, malunggay is in the spotlight. For me, there's still nothing better than taking the malunggay naturally. Mainly, you are sure where it really came from. Second, you know that you are using it without any chemicals. Third, you are confident that you are getting the actual nutrients from the plant.
@jpso138 (7832)
• Philippines
25 May 12
Well I have heard about this but have not been able to try it out. But I think the malunggay pandesal is surely much better than the ordinary pandesal. Malungay is proven to contain a lot of nutrients which provides a lot of benefits for health. Having them in the pandesal will surely be an advantage.
• Philippines
25 May 12
You are right, this will be a great advantage and one of their marketing strategy. However, do you think the amount of malunggay included in the pandesal is enough to get the nutrients they are talking when malunggay is concerned? Thanks for the response by the way.
• Philippines
24 May 12
I think more and more people are being more health conscious these days. (And insurance companies have statistics to back that up.) Because of this trend, those in the food business are trying to come up with healthier food options. Now bakeries are coming up with variations on their bread to include malunggay and other vegetables. I saw a bakery in Makati selling not only malunggay pandesal but also Ashitaba pandesal at 5 pesos each. I just hope that this is not just a fad but will continue to be a way of life for most people to eat healthy.
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• Philippines
24 May 12
Yeah, there are other establishment that sells food with veggies not only malunggay. Some take this chance to sell it at higher price because of the health benefits. Some use this also as marketing strategy to invite customers. Thanks for responsding. I mush see and try the store you are telling in Makati.
23 May 12
I tried that once just last Monday, my sister bought it for me for my curiosity. It really taste good. I told her that there's a malunggay or moringa ice cream too already. Yet, sad to say it is not available here in our place yet. It's quite far to travel from where I am at.
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• Philippines
24 May 12
Malunggay ice cream? You gave me an idea. I have dried leaves in our house basically used for supplements (I used to weight about 250mg and placed it in a capsule), soups, or added to milk. Maybe I will try to include it in homemade ice cream too.
@ginspearl (209)
• Philippines
23 May 12
I had my first taste of the Malunggay Pandesal last year when I attended the seminar. Before buying a piece of it I asked the staff what's the difference of the regular one to that with malunggay, hehe but of course the regular one has no malunggay and the other one has malunggay, lol. However, I've found out that the Malunggay Pandesal is easy to be digested because of the Malunggay leaves it contains which is rich in fiber I think. In our town, there are two bakeries who are selling Malunggay Pandesal and now it is what we are buying, since they are selling it here with the same price as of the regular one. Have a nice day!
• Philippines
24 May 12
I think you got a point about the digestibility of the food because of fiber. But is it enough to make a change considering the amount of malunggay included in the bread? really they have the same price? In your observation, which one is preferred by many buyers?
@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
23 May 12
Oh? that;s interesting!! malunggay pandesal? I did not try that yet, well, her in US I never found any pandesal. I even want to know how to make one because they are not making pandesal here. I would like to try that malunggay pandesal.. hahaha
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• Philippines
24 May 12
There are recipes out there in the net on how to make pandesal. Malunngay, I really don't know if it grown there in US. Visit here in the Philippines so you can try the malunggay pandesal. LOL
@ardoy0731 (6869)
• Philippines
23 May 12
I heard about it and saw some bakeries selling this but never had a chance to try it.They said that it taste good and more nutritional due to malunggay content of it.
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• Philippines
23 May 12
I already tasted it once. It is sweeter than the normal pandesal. I just don't know if it really taste sweeter or just depends on the bakery where I bought it. I think knowing malunggay with health benefits incorporated to pandesal makes a better market.
@salonga (23688)
• Philippines
7 Jul 12
Fresh malunggay tea - Malunggay is very nutritious
Malunggay pandesal! Yes we have one new bakery in town selling malunggay pandesal. Well if only to speak about the health benefit of malunggay maybe this is really an added benefit. But I wonder how baking could keep the benefits of malunggay. As far as I am concerned I believe drinking the fresh juice of malunggay has always been the best.
• Philippines
7 Jul 12
You are right, having the fresh leaves give the best way to get the health benefits of malunngay. I used to buy malunggay pandesal here in our place and found out that the malunngay leaves is not really included in the dough but it was mixed with the "breading" or "coating" only. Please correct me if I was wrong about my impression because I cannot see any malunggay bits inside the bread.
• Philippines
4 Jun 12
i think if that bread have ingredients of pure grains of malunggay, it is a big source of nutrition especially for those children who ate it..
• Philippines
5 Jun 12
You right it will be rich in nutrients but will be more expensive. Also it will be hard for the bakers to use pure malunggay since it has too little or no starch in it.