In Spain and many of its former colonies, a polvorón is a soft and heavy shortbread that — you may have guessed from the name — crumbles easily to powder. Typical Filipino recipes include toasted-wheat flour, milk, sugar, and butter. Often there's a flavoring, too: Well-known commercial confectioner Aling Conching offers a variety pack that includes melon, coconut-pandan, and strawberry.
By and large, Philippine Bread House sticks to more-standard flavors throughout the shop. This pair of polvorones (85 cents each), each a little bigger than a silver dollar, featured my favorite add-in, crispy rice. The cashew variety, alas, was not available; for that matter, neither was the Oreo.
Also shown: An ube ensaymada, or purple yam roll ($1.40 a number of years ago), fluffy, subtly flavored, and sweet.
Philippine Bread House
530 Newark Ave. (Baldwin Ave.-McPherson Pl.), Jersey City