Tasty Tuesday: Malunggay Pastel

The ‘pastel’ fever has gone beyond the borders of Camiguin Island. It is now an adopted favorite pasalubong of Cagayan de Oro.

Lami Jud Malunggay Pastel, a yema filled bun with malunggay or moringa leaves started as a school project in 2010. The owners Steffi Dalman and Katherine Mary Lim did not expect that their product would become as popular as it is today.

Personally, I tasted it. The bun is soft and the yema filling isn’t that sweet. And one can really see the malunggay in the filling.

According to Steph, they made sure that their buns contain less sugar with no preservatives because they want everybody including those who have diet restrictions to enjoy it. The malunggay leaves are fresh and harvested within the day of production. The buns expire in six days.

According to one source, Malunggay contains seven times the vitamin C in oranges, four times the calcium in milk, four times the vitamin A in carrot, and two times the protein in milk, and three times the Potassium in bananas. With Malunggay Pastel, you don’t only enjoy a delicious but also a nutritious dessert.

Malunggay Pastel has its cafe at Pueblo de Oro, Uptown Cagayan de Oro. It is also available in pasalubong centers in the city.