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Google Chef Francis Sibal Bakes Thousands of Pandesal For Frontliners in South Bay, US

By John Legaspi

A must-have on any Filipino breakfast table, pandesal, Spanish for “salt bread,” is a staple best served hot with some margarine or butter or dipped into a cup of brewed coffee. This iconic Filipino food is gaining new fans in the time of coronavirus and outside the Philippine border.

Google Chef Francis Sibal bakes pandesal for medical workers and frontliners all over the South Bay Area in the US. In less than two weeks, he has whipped up 3,600 pieces with the help of donations sent to him from different parts of the country.

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“I grew up in the Philippines and waking up to warm pandesal from the local panaderya was what made it comfort food. It started my day as I went to school,” he told Manila Bulletin Lifestyle. “Witnessing my sister, who works for Kaiser Hospital do 16-hour double shifts, gave me the idea to bake pandesal to give back some comfort to our frontliners in these trying times and to let them know they are being appreciated.”

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DO IT FOR THE FRONT LINERS! FILIPINO PANDESAL- Batch (22-31) Clicker count to date: 1,860 pcs UBE, MANGO, BUKO PANDAN, and new flavor STRAWBERRY BANANA ……. To all the front liners working tireless long hours i thought this would go well with those countless cup of coffee you all are having, thank you for your service. Enjoy. #kaiser #stanfordhospital #Regional #goodsamaritanhospital #valleymed #VAhospital #bakingforthefrontliners #quarantinebaking #thankyouforyourservice #cheflife #truecooks #pandesal #ube Everyone will receive a Bakers Dozen. For Pick Up order please proceed to the “Drop Shipping Department” aka my balcony 🤣 Sponsored by: Francis RG Briones , Val Batara Aymami, Alvin Herradura, Bailey Brown, Carina Lomuljo, Voltaire Villegas,Eivee Sibal-Diaz, Alfred Diaz, Zarah Baculi Sabangan, Daniel Sabangan, Belem Rios-Lazaro, Minnie Tanglao Ott, Janet Cruz, Alexa Alfaro, thank you for your support and making this possible.

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Chef Francis added more touches of home to his pandesal by infusing them with Filipino flavors such as ube (purple yam), mango, and buko pandan. He has explored strawberry, banana, and even Thai tea. These flavors allowed him to produce what was simple bread in a rainbow of colors. Health workers receive delivery by catching the goodies as they come in hot from the chef’s second-story unit in Milpitas, which he dubbed his “Drop Shipping Department,” or via pulley for older folks.

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DO IT FOR THE FRONT LINERS! FILIPINO PANDESAL- Batch (50-60) Clicker count to date: 3,600 pcs Due to the high demand all pick up orders are being scheduled accordingly. Be patient this one man team is working to fulfill every order placed. UBE, MANGO, BUKO PANDAN, and STRAWBERRY BANANA ……. To all the front liners working tireless long hours i thought this would go well with those countless cup of coffee you all are having, thank you for your service. Enjoy. #kaiser #stanfordhospital #Regional #goodsamaritanhospital #valleymed #paloaltomedical #oconnorhospital #sutterhealth #VAhospital #bakingforthefrontliners #quarantinebaking #thankyouforyourservice #cheflife #truecooks #pandesal #ube, #frandesal #stfrandesal #pandesibal 🤣 Sponsored by: Alfred Diaz, Eivee Sibal-Diaz, Diaz Family, Ted and Isabelita Tiu Sibal & Family, Maan Briones Matining, Hilary Wolfe, Monet Angeles Burke, Randy Tau, Hennessey Henessey Getuiza, Maribel Augustin, Fitzgerald Agustin, Ro Bee, Lorraine Cerezo, Duoc Mccutchan, Brandon James Baclig, Ybur Mags, Kim Palacio Barbadillo (Kimberly Anne Palacio Barbadillo ), Lourdes Llanes, Michelle Wong, Nissie Escolano Ambion, Jessica Granadosin, Mariel Que, Regina G. Castillo, Stephanie Manuel, Charlie Dacasin, Jessica Gonzalez, Julie Mirador thank you for your support and making this possible.

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“How the humble pandesal has touched lives has been heartwarming to see. Your kind words of appreciation have been heard and seen by countless people around the world,” Chef Francis said in a post. “Let’s remember our capeless heroes out there risking their lives each and every day to get our world back in order. Thank you for all that you do and thank you, everyone, for all the support you have shown for this beautiful cause.”


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://lifestyle.mb.com.ph/2020/04/20/google-chef-francis-sibal-bakes-thousands-of-pandesal-for-frontliners-in-south-bay-us/)

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