What We’re Loving Now: VjAndep’s Pastel From CamiguinAugust 23, 2019
My first brush with the Pastel was a couple years back—my sweet tooth kicking in on the bus from Camiguin to the airport. I’d ordered a box to take home to Manila, but what was meant to be an edible souvenir from the white island made its way to my belly in less than a minute.
A deceptively boring pandesal greets you as you lift the box’s cover. What lies inside the soft bread however, is a milky, golden treasure of pastillas de leche filling that’s dense and sticky. It’s the kind that gets stuck on the roof of your mouth and in between your teeth like a soft taffy. The bread is soft and pillow-like, and upon breaking it you expect a bit of disappointment, hoping there is no sight of hollow, un-filled spaces. But the makers of VjAndep’s version seem to have perfected the filling to bread ratio of this pastry.
This is a diabetic’s forbidden fruit, best enjoyed with a strong, robust cup of black. Best news? No need to go to Camiguin or Cagayan de Oro to retrieve a box of these addictive buns. You can find a crop of them nestled in one of the provincial booths outside Market Market (near the food court area).