Amazing Ways to Enjoy This Delicious Mouthwatering Treat
Before anything else, let’s get something straight. There is no right or wrong way to eat pastel. You can enjoy it however and whenever you want. What we’re trying to explore here are the different ways we can enjoy and appreciate this delicious pastry.
What is pastel?
From the outside, a pastel looks like your typical bun. There’s really nothing special about it, just like your run-of-the-mill pandesal, which is a very popular partner for coffee among Filipinos. BUT if you look closely, you will see that a VjANDEP pastel has very soft texture, almost pillow-like. Press the bun lightly at the top and it returns to its previous shape, like some kind of memory foam. It’s starting to sound really tempting, I know.
But there’s more.
When you slice the bun open, the real magic begins. Suddenly, it’s no longer as boring as you initially thought. Its core has a creamy custard filling that will make you want to dip a finger in and start licking it like a kid.
But besides the finger-licking goodness, how do you enjoy your pastel? Here are five different ways to eat pastel by VjANDEP:
Five Amazing Ways to Enjoy VjANDEP’s Tasty Treat
Pastel with a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee.
Yes. For those of you who enjoy pandesal with a cup of coffee, here’s an update for you; the pandesal just got dethroned by the pastel as the best partner for coffee.
For the longest time, Filipinos have always enjoyed hot pandesal paired with coffee for breakfast or late afternoon snack. But the pastel offers something different and equally good. And the best part about the pastel is you can eat it cold from the fridge or hot off the microwave. Coffee has never been this enjoyable.
- Pastel with hot/cold coco.
So you’re not a coffee drinker. No worries. VjANDEP’s pastel is also a perfect match for coco. Hot or cold, however you take it, this treat is an absolute joy. And here’s something you might like: try dunking the pastel in your coco. It’s really good. Oreo does not hold the rights for dunking, so feel free to do it whenever you like.
- Pastel with hot champorado.
Oh yes! The champorado is another popular Filipino specialty commonly prepared for breakfast or as an afternoon meal. It is a chocolate rice porridge that is usually enjoyed with hot bread, hardboiled egg, or sometimes dried fish; danggit specifically (salted, sun-dried rabbitfish).
But here’s a tasty alternative for you:
The pastel is also a delicious option to eat with the champorado. The sweetness of the filling, as well as the softness of the bun, complements the flavor and texture of the porridge perfectly.
- Pastel with your choice of pasta.
Okay, this might be uncharted territory for most people. However, it’s no secret that the majority of Filipinos like their spaghetti sweet and creamy, unlike the authentic Italian flavor, which is more sour than sweet.
With that being said, the pastel is a great alternative to bread when eating spaghetti, carbonara, lasagna, or any other pasta dish. Don’t criticize it before you try it. The best thing about food is that you’re free to experiment, try different combinations, and eat it however you want it. So just give it a go. Try your pastel with a plate of pasta. Who knows? You might actually enjoy it!
- Pastel with your imagination.
You see, when it comes to finding ways to enjoy a delicious treat like VjANDEP’s pastel, you’re only limited by your imagination. There are a million and one ways to eat a pastel, but what is most important is you’re enjoying it with your family and friends.
This pastry is one of the most popular pasalubongs in the country, especially when visiting Cagayan de Oro or the beautiful island of Camiguin. And there’s a reason why it’s so popular, in addition of course to its delicious sweet taste—you can enjoy it anywhere, anytime, and with whomever.
Oh. And you can enjoy VjANDEP’s pastel in a variety of flavors as well, including cheese, mango, ube (purple yam), blueberry, langka (jackfruit), macapuno, durian, strawberry, chocolate, mocha, Bavarian, green apple, peanut butter, and raspberry. And if you want something vegetarian, there’s also malunggay and squash flavors.