Food Technnology: Invasion of Malunggay Bread


                   Filipinos are known to be a good eater. We love to eat whenever and wherever we want to. When it comes in food, we are always on-the-go. We eat foods to satisfy our cravings. We culturally love eating carbohydrates such as rice and bread. As they say, we are easily tempted by foods of different tastes. It may be expensive or affordable, typical or exotic, and nutritious or not. We are easily pleased no matter how the packaging looks like. We even spend time on cooking our favorite meals for the family and even spare time in baking delicacies that we want to eat if we have time or when we are at home. Indeed, foods are not just a need for us but as well as an interests.Nowadays, people find alternative ways on eating nutritious food. In our daily lives, we need to acquire the kind of nutrients that our body needs in order for us to do things and to execute our works every day.  There are many ways in getting nutrients and vitamins. We may eat menus with vegetables and fruits, we may take vitamins or whatever supplement that we want or simply drink a lot of water just to gain and regain nutrients in our body.

                There are a lot of vegetables out there with different colours, sizes, shapes, taste and nutrients but one veggie stands out. What is it? It is the famous and very nutritious Malunggay. It is also known as Miracle Tree  for its every part, as the leaves, fruits, flowers, roots and bark of the tree can be used in many ways. It’s not only a medicine but as well as a great sources of many nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, Protein, Potassium, and also Amino acid and many more . Many experts considered Malunggay as seven times the vitamin C in oranges, four times the calcium in milk, four times the vitamin A in carrots, two times the protein in milk and three times the potassium in bananas. According to the article of Artie Sy of SunStar on October 2012, featured Malunggay as a humble tree, it is also said to balance sugar levels, hence it is helpful in the fight against diabetes. With the consumption of malunggay in the daily diet pattern, the body’s natural defence mechanism increases. Many people face problems of high cholesterol regardless of their age and status. Malunggay helps us in balancing the cholesterol levels in our body.

            With the new technology and modernization, people also find ways to even maximize the use of Malunggay. Many experimentation in food making was done using malunggay leaves and other parts of it. One of the experiments in food making that they have made was the introduction of Malunggay as a flavor of bread. It was mix with the typical ingredients of bread and here we go, the new more nutritious and more savory bread was made for consumers, especially for bread lovers. Every early morning, Filipinos make it a habit to buy bread from sari-sari bread store or panaderia since we are fond of eating bread as replacement in eating rice. Some people also sell it through house to house using their bicycles or motorcycles. From that point, eating bread however becomes part of our daily food intake for most Filipinos.

                 As malunggay bread was introduced and commercialize here in our country, some concerned Government department like Department of Health (DOH), National Food Authority (NFA), Beaurue of Food and Drugs (BFAD), Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and etc. it was highly approved by the government departments mentioned and was also recommended as a good product that offers high nutrition value for all sector of consumers including children. It is also good to know that malunggay is abundantly available and inexpensive in our country and even can be planted in our own backyards. It is also one way of promoting inexpensive ingredient if ever we decided to use it in cooking and in baking bread or the malunggay bread. Eating bread is never that nutritious until ”Malunggay Bread” was made possible.

        I am not a bread lover but I am a malunggay lover. I really love to eat this vegetable especially when it is mixed with other vegetables as our viand. I even tasted a pasta with malunggay as its ingredient at one of the restaurant here in Iloilo, I appreciated it and even enjoyed eating that recipe. Actually, I haven’t imagine eating bread made of malunggay until my sister, whose working as a high school teacher at one of the famous private school in Iloilo, gave me a bread and told me that it’s made up of malunggay. She even mentioned that it was from his student who wanted to promote their family business product since it was Nutrition Month Celebration. I was surprise and told myself that I have to taste it. It was good and better than I expected. Indeed, I’m really now a certified malunggay eater / malunggay lover! As I do my other readings, interviews and research about this malunggay bread invasion, I successfully found one of the bakery thatoffers Malunggay Bread.  As I reached Leganes, where UNG BAKESHOP is located, I was able to prove to myself that Malunggay bread of UNG BAKESHOP is really famous in their place because even pedicab drivers know it and tastes it already. The UNG BAKESHOP located at Leganes and owned by Tareno family. For almost 20 years, they make quality products and just on July 2013, they decided and invented a new product, the Malunggay Bread. I was given a chance to talk with the owners and on how they came up with this Malunggay Bread. At first, Mr. Ulysses Toreno wanted to experiment on having a new product with a twist and Mrs. Nenia Toreno  added that what if they will use malunggay leaves to their typical bread to make it more nutritious. It was first tasted by their workers and themselves too. Luckily, people of Leganes and their other existing costumers loved the taste of it. It was just a three month old product and still counting for many months and years to come. . Malunggay Bread already invaded Leganes and working to make a big name in the province of Iloilo and Iloilo City with malunggay bread as its instrument.

            One of the workers named Renan Bangonon, a 25 years old worker and worked for almost 8 years  in UNG BAKESHOP shared the ingredients needed in making malunggay bread as well as the equipments and machines used in baking it.

            For the readers out there who wants to have a bite of the malunggay bread, here’s the ingredients and a way on how to prepare your very own nutritious malunggay bread at home. Let’s explore the cooking of the wonderful plant for I have given you such scientific and purposive information about the malunggay. All I have mentioned were all true and exactly what we should believe in. So try to explore your kitchen!


  • 3 kilo of first class flour                                                                                      
  • ¾ refined sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 40 grams of salt
  • 40 grams of skim milk
  • ¼ lard (for shortening)
  • 50 grams yeast                                                                  
  • 720 grams of water
  • And 80 grams of Malunggay leaves


  • Roller
  • Oven
  • Slicer
  • Mixer
  • Stand used for plate
  • Plate or Tray


  • Mix flour, powdered milk, yeast in a clean bowl.
  • Combine malunggay, salt and sugar in water in another clean bowl.
  • Put water into a flour mixture and mix it well until it is hydrated properly.
  • Add the lard for shortening and roll it until elastic and smooth.
  • Allow the mixture or dough to rest for 15-20 minutes.
  • Divide dough equally. Use a weighting scale to have same weight in every piece.
  • Cut it into rectangular size or into desired sizes according to you.
  • Roll the dough until the structure is okay and ready to be bake.
  • Bake at a preheated oven (350F) for 20-25 minutes.
  • Do your packaging (for business purpose).

Image           She added that in every other day, they produced 110 or more malunggay bread excluding fixed deliveries. For only 5php retailed price, you can already grab a bite of the nutritious malunggay bread of UNG BAKESHOP.

               Imagine how it tastes especially when it’s hot and placed in table with hot coffee or chocolate drink during breakfast as what most Filipinos wanted to eat during early morning.  Love the taste of one of kind malunggay bread especially made for Filipinos like you. Enjoy every bite you make while gaining nutrients and vitamins. It is a two in one product made for the health and for consumption. Being full and at the same time being healthy.


Photo by hennamarieduenas

Malunggay Bread of UNG BAKESHOP

Try the nutritious Malunggay Bread now!


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