Menstrual Bread

BradleyLife in the Philippines12 Comments

Once again, I seem to have found something in Filipino culture related to menstruation.  First it was washing your face with menstrual blood, and now it’s a food product.  The bread in the picture below is commonly known as pan de regla, or pan de mens(truation), because it resembles a used sanitary napkin, chock full of red gobby goodness.

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This type of bread can be found in nearly any bakery in the country.  It’s a poor man’s bread that can be purchased for very cheap prices due to the way it’s made.  In the Filipino spirit of not letting anything go to waste, bakeries recycle unsold products into a sort of pudding, which is then sweetened and used as a bread filling.  The filling gets its bright red hue from food coloring and while you can sometimes find it in other colors, red is the most common.

The taste is ok.  I’m not exactly amazed by it, but I suppose you can’t expect much from what amounts to days old bread smeared in between layers of fresh bread.

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