A friend posted an Instagram story recently and it featured a box of pandesal. My friend is also in Singapore and it caught my attention. “Where did you order that?!”
A few days later I’m happily welcoming a box of pandesal and cheese bread at my doorstep. I also ordered a set of ensaymadas. It’s from Panrizal “Tinapay Therapy” which is a home-based bakery run from a house in Punggol. They bake Filipino classics like pandesal, cheese bread, ensaymada, and Spanish bread. The delivery fee from Punggol to Pasir Ris was $5 (yikes) but it was worth it. My housemates and I described it in one word: “legit”
I was quite pleased with the purchase. It did set me back $29 if you count the delivery fee. But it’s not everyday I get to enjoy “legit” Filipino-style bread. The pandesal was soft and fluffy. I asked my housemates (who are great at cooking) if they’ve tried making pandesal at home. Housemate D says it’s difficult and it ends up like monay bread (which is dense!). The cheese bread was also “legit” – soft and fluffy inside with a crunchy outer layer. I don’t know what makes it different from the cheese bread you can buy at a local Singaporean bakery lol – is it the extra appeal of being baked by our kababayan? The ensaymada was also good. Great for breakfast. I also miss the sugary-coated ensaymadas from Cavite.
You can visit Panrizal’s Facebook page here. Orders have to be placed via Facebook.
After watching The Purge Anarchy at Shaw Lido, my friend Suzie and I were craving for sinigang. But we ended up daing for daing na bangus. (LAME.) We had some at Kabayan restaurant in Lucky Plaza. I also got to remit to pay off a Philippine credit card. Today’s rate was SGD 1.00 = PHP 34.80.
So happens we chanced upon the inaugural PEDESTRIAN NIGHT at Orchard! Every first Saturday of the month, organisers will shut down a portion of Orchard Road and turn it into a festive walk for people. It’s a good idea because Orchard is pretty crowded even on a weekday. Maybe the traffic scheme will change one day. This could be Singapore’s Main Street. Imagine a permanent pasar malam (night market), with good food and street performances for locals, residents, and tourists.
There was a point this evening where my friend Suzie and I were just sitting down and looking at this view. We weren’t talking too. It’s like the both of us decided to just sit there and contemplate.
I used to stuff half of my luggage with Filipino groceries before flying back to Singapore. I had no idea that most of the Filipino groceries I wanted were already available at several locations in Singapore. They are up to three times the price but it’s not like I’m able to fly to Manila every other week.
Several grocery store chains in Singapore carry Filipino products. It just takes a bit of patience and searching. Most stores feature them prominently in their international sections, while some you’ll find squeezed between non-Filipino products (like seeing Century Tuna next to Ayam Brand.)
Office workers in downtown Singapore welcomed the re-opening of Lau Pa Sat a few weeks ago. The iconic downtown hawker centre features improved ventilation (massive ceiling fans), new tables and seats (similar to the ones at the new Chinatown Food Street), and a functional grand clock that chimes every 15 minutes.
While the new Lau Pa Sat looks like a fabulous upgrade, you sort of feel like the old charm of the place is slowly draining away.