5.297 Hamdesal

Cycle 5 – Item 297

29 (Wed) October 2014

Hamdesal

0.5

from McDonald’s

in my office

-Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines-

solo

Pulled an all-nighter to finish drafting the new tobacco control act for Papua New Guinea, a project that had remained incomplete since our in-country mission a couple weeks back, deadline fast approaching.  11 hours nonstop, from 1800 to 0500, facilitated by the obsessive-compulsive part of my brain.

Pandesal is a type of Filipino bread.  Made of flour, yeast, egg, sugar, salt.  Despite the name – from the Spanish for “bread (pan) of salt (de sal)” – it’s sweeter than it is salty.  Soft and squishy.  Often dusted.  Usually eaten at breakfast, either on its own or as a sandwich.

All I could manage to eat was the egg underneath, untouched by the syrup.

The Hamdesal is a breakfast sandwich developed by McDonald’s Philippines.  Consists of a pandesal + slice of ham + egg + mayonnaise + syrup.  Straight up simple sugar syrup – not maple syrup, which would also be disgusting but at least could be explained on the basis of twisted precedent.

It was the most atrocious thing that I can remember eating, ever.

(See also FAST FOOD)

(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)

(See also RESTAURANTS IN PHILIPPINES)

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