May 2, 2019
Calgary Co-op has a long history of supplying local products, but did you know Co-op also stocks a wide variety of ethnic foods? From Nigerian classics like Obe Sauce, to authentic Mexican tortillas, to Filipino specialties, if there’s a special taste you’re craving, you can likely find it at Co-op.
Meet Mang Pedro’s Bakery
Mang Pedro’s Bakery is one of the specialty food suppliers Co-op works closely with. Makers of Filipino Pan de Sal buns, Mang Pedro’s unique and tasty creations may be a Filipino delicacy but owner George Peter Szalay says he has customers all over the city.
“Our products are called “Filipino”, but we appeal to a greater audience than just Filipinos,” he explains. “We believe that Calgarians are looking for refined products made by a local business and sourced locally as well. They are craving a unique experience through more unique products, specifically by trying products from different cultures.”
Pan de Sal - Breakfast Staple in the Philippines
Pandesal or pan de sal is Spanish for "salt bread,” yet this baked good is most common in the Philippines, and despite the name, it has more of a sweet flavour. Made of flour, eggs, yeast, sugar, and of course salt, it’s often served warm alongside coffee or hot chocolate as a breakfast pastry.
It’s not unusual for the Pan de Sal to get some butter swiped on it (and sometimes a sprinkle of sugar), but jams, cheese or even peanut butter are also frequent toppers.
Mang Pedro’s has been operating in Calgary for over 18 years. Szalay says production begins before most of us have even finished half a night’s sleep.
“We sometimes start baking by 3am, but usually by 4am. We need to start early, because what we bake, we deliver the same day. All our customers expecting freshness with great quality.”
Made with Care in Calgary
Mang Pedro’s Pan de Sal buns are unique, and Szalay explains that every order is given the same care and personal attention.
“To make our Pan de Sal so unique, and different from all other buns we make no compromise in quality ingredients, no compromise in the timing, baking, cooling or packaging. Our Pan de Sal is made and delivered fresh and we inspect every package to make sure every product is up to our high standard of quality.”
Pan de Sal has been a staple in the Philippines for generations, and while some do bake them at home, it’s more common to pick them up at the grocery store, making Calgary Co-op a natural place to find this fresh and airy bread. In the Philippines the bread is traditionally delivered daily to small shops, and here in Calgary, the tradition continues.
Find Mang Pedro’s Pan de Sal buns in the bakery department at your local Calgary Co-op store.
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