Bricklayers, Old Ladies, and Panaderia de Molo

The Molo district is filled with interesting sites and wonderful places to eat. Filipino’s have definitely figured out the right way to make life satisfying. Beautiful scenery and incredible foods, thats what Iloilo is all about.

Butterscotch at Panaderia de Molo
Butterscotch at Panaderia de Molo

One of my favorite discoveries is Panaderia de Molo. While it is a bakeshop, it’s more than that too. It was started by five old ladies in the 1800’s who saw that masons were using eggwhites to cement bricks together and decided to make cookies from the yolks. While there is something Spanish about the cookies, which no doubt have a connection to recipes that came with Spanish Colonization, Panaderia de Molo is a truly Philippine institution. In fact, more than that it is an Ilongo tradition.

Assorted Bread and Pastries
Assorted Bread and Pastries

It’s not uncommon to see the goodies that come out of this little bakeshop in all parts of the Philippines even though the owners have refused to set up branches outside of Iloilo City. People buy thier delicous treats and have them shipped by the post and fast ferry.

Panaderia de Molo
Panaderia de Molo

There are three branches of Panaderia de Molo in Iloilo City now. The easiest to find is near the University of Iloilo, but if you ask anyone, they can tell you which is closest to where you are. Everyone knows them. That’s what happens when five old ladies see bricklayers throwing away perfectly good eggs that can be used to make delicious treats.

You might think that the way they make things has become modern with the times, but it’s not true at all. Every branch still uses the same process and the same types of ovens and utensils that those old ladies were using. Today, it is four generations since those ladies started using the egg yolks and while many of the brick walls have disappeared in history the panaderia still continue.

I’m sure they will for a long long time.

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