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Buho Bakery: Baking Memories

Ever heard your grandmothers or mothers saying “Bakal to tinapay sa buho! (Buy bread from the hole!)”

When I was little, I always wondered what hole they were talking about. I was unaware of this hidden treasure located on Mapa Street. All I know is the pancho, teren-teren & pan de siosa I used to eat — and I still do — was delicious. My mother & titas always bought these kinds of bread from Buho & it wasn’t until recently that I decided to look for it on my own. Well, not really since I brought Federic with me.Image

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Buho Bakery used to be literally a hole in the wall back in the day. But word got around that their bread was so good that they decided to open up the wall & put up a simple bakery. The buho is still there.Image

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The buho in different forms

We had a little difficulty finding it because downtown is unfamiliar ground. Feds was basically asking me where the hell I was dragging him upon getting inside a narrow graffiti-lined street. But when we arrived, a huge surge of fascination hit us both. So we decided to get mini-pancho (Php1.50/pc), ensaymada (Php4.00/pc) & teren-teren (Php8.00/roll) for ourselves. I must say that the mini-pancho is the must-try at Buho. Make sure to have your bread heated before you eat it.

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As we ate inside his car, silence fills the atmosphere as we bite into soft bread with sticky, sweet filling. Instant nostalgia of those afternoons where Tita Ging would bring pancit & coke over to the house & it would be really incomplete without Buho’s bread. It was like biting opened a short film in my head. And gave me a good feeling not only in my stomach but heart as well.

And therefore I end this entry with Federic’s statement upon biting a warm piece of pancho: “Indi ko ni pag ibaylo para sa iPad or kun ano man da (I wouldn’t exchange this for an iPad or whatever)!” I agree. The simple things in life make it worth living.

Buho Bakery is located in Mapa Street near Sun Yat Sen, in a narrow street between JV Macron Sales & Celine Gee Cellphone Repair Shop.

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This entry was posted on March 5, 2012 by in Food.
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