Three years ago and I cannot forget that ensaymada snack from the review training of NSPC delegates to Cotabato introduced by Ms. Gloria Alday (now Asst.Chief of SED, DepEd NCR). I had to go back again last Thursday after a long day working at the Division of City Schools, Quezon City.
I didn't care if this place was ever complained of health and sanitation risks or if the bakery was never expanded and brought to the malls because compared to all the reviews on ensaymada I've tasted, the ensaymada in Bagong Pag-asa Bakery is really incomparable.
The texture of the bread was not as soft as those "gourmet-type" of ensaymada sold in famous places and some even distributed by multinational companies. It wasn't even as cheesy as those listed as most popular ensaymada but it was one you'd totally not forget. It reminded me of my granny back in the 80's when she brings ensaymada after a visit at the local market in Lemery, Batangas. Erase that thought that Ms. Alday looked like my granny because the story is about the ensaymada and not about the person who brought them. The bread is freshly-baked, soft, sweet and a bit toasted. It must've been that pugon-roasted (brick-oven type) taste that made it different or I'm getting too old that I miss those snacks my granny used to bring me decades ago.
Anyways, I'd love to remember where I had the most delicious ensaymada so I'd love to share this bakery to you. The largest which they named "Supermada" is at P39, Big at P28, Medium at P19 and Small at P12. Ensaymada topped with red egg bits are sold at P54(Supermada), Big P44, Medium P31. Small P19. I bought Supermada plain and Big with four of Mediums with red eggs and this interesting bread named "Paborita" P30.75/pack.
Bagong Pag-asa Bakery is located at No.122, Road 1, Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City near Mindanao Avenue.