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Valerio's Tropical Bakery - whole wheat pan de sal (Filipino)

rln Dec 17, 2008 02:14 PM

My husband brought a bag of these home last night and I was skeptical.

Aside from liking the smaller size of the pan de sal (for me, closer to what I associate with having in the Philippines corner shops vs. the larger ones at Goldilocks), the whole wheat version actually tasted very good. Maybe it's the health factor but it absolutely filled my "pan de sal" cravings. The hopia is also good -- not dry at all. We have tamales to try from there. Will report if anything to report. We have liked the chicken empanadas from there.

109 King Plz
Daly City, CA 94015

(650) 878-1611

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    jazhead077 Dec 22, 2009 02:51 PM

    Does anyone know if all the bakeries named above use hydrogenated oil for their Pan de Sal. I know Valerio's does... just left the San Jose location. Perhaps the Bread Basket Company, Daily City? I love those rolls and wanted to pick some up fresh for Christmas, but I have a nutritionist and health nuts friends and family members as guests.

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    1. re: jazhead077
      Melanie Wong Dec 22, 2009 05:26 PM

      That surprises me. With the 2010 ban on transfats in California restaurants (and baked goods in 2011) soon upon us, many places have already changed their recipes to comply.

      1. re: Melanie Wong
        jazhead077 Dec 23, 2009 07:23 AM

        I too was surprised to see partially hydrogenated oils listed on the ingredient list ... I think the shelf life is hard to give up... Going to try Bread Basket... just looking for great dinner rolls

        1. re: jazhead077
          Melanie Wong Dec 23, 2009 10:11 PM

          Please let us know what you find. I don't know Bread Basket.

          Valerio's City Bakery
          2518 Berryessa Rd, San Jose, CA

    2. sweet ginger Jan 3, 2009 04:06 PM

      Yes the chicken empanadas are good. I also like their banana turon! Will have to try their whole wheat pan de sal.

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        SanJoseHound Dec 17, 2008 03:46 PM

        I am also a fan of the whole-wheat pan de sal at my local Valerio's, in the Beryessa area of San Jose. Great when warm just out of the oven. Sometimes I even get lucky and there is bibingka. They make it at random times and there is no set schedule.

        Valerio's City Bakery
        2518 Berryessa Rd, San Jose, CA

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        1. re: SanJoseHound
          rworange Jan 3, 2009 09:11 AM

          Bibingka is my favorite Filipino baked good. Are the different Valerio's bakeries owned by the same family?

          The website only lists the San Jose location in Northern California.

          Valerio's Tropical Bake Shop
          950 King Dr, Daly City, CA

          1. re: rworange
            SanJoseHound Jan 4, 2009 12:25 PM

            That is strange, that it lists only the San Jose location, when there are more Valerio's than that in NorCal.

            I love bibingka too. I was on a bibingka quest recently (more like, obsession). My relatives started bringing me bibingka from all over the place. My mom even brought me back some from the Philippines. I don't think I've found the pinnacle, superlative version - other than fresh from the oven, melting butter dripping, ones I've eaten myself in the PI. So now for me, its all about convenience. Valerios in San Jose can be a total zoo so I like Daddy Dough in Sunnyvale. I heard a rumor their bibingka is actually from Valerios. Then maybe its all in my mind, but I like the Daddy Dough bibingka better,

            Daddy Dough Bake Shop
            907 E Duane Ave # 907, Sunnyvale, CA

            1. re: SanJoseHound
              Melanie Wong Jan 4, 2009 10:26 PM

              There's been some discussion on this board about the San Jose Valerio's having different ownership than the Valerio's Tropical shops, but I can't find it now.

              I've been to Daddy Dough in Sunnyvale. It was a Valerio's at one time, don't know if it was just a name change or if there was a change of owners.

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