Before I started all of this blogging business six years ago (eek, yes six), there was this fad called boba drinks. I would pop up to Kearny Mesa to grab myself a milk tea boba at the now defunct Lollicup and call it lunch. Since I was dating Paul then, I wanted to introduce these drinks to him. At first he thought it was weird and referred to the tapioca balls as fish eggs but he grew to enjoy the chewable drink as much as me. But unlike me, a solo boba drink was not lunch. He needed something substantial. Fortunately, next door to Lollicup was a wonderful Korean bakery and that’s where he discovered hot dog bread.
Fast forward to modern day, both Lollicup and the Korean bakery are now gone. But Paul still talks of the hot dog bread to this day and we have searched for it high and low. Some bakeries coming close to the product but some not even offering it. Thankfully, Pangea Bakery Cafe has filled that void.
Pangea Bakery Cafe (located on Convoy) opened less than a month ago. It’s a full-service bakery that offers a wide variety of baked goods, including black sesame bun, tuna buns, taro biscuits and loaves (one of my favorites) , Earl Grey wheat loaves, coconut balls, almond cookies, pepperoni “pizza” and so much more — all very good as I’m still making my way through their entire selection. Pastries are baked onsite by bakers familiar with Tawainese-style of baking. And did I mention the hot dog bread??
The decor is stark and minimal. A basic selection is offered daily, although it varies from day to day (a specialty bread found one day might not be found the next visit). And service is also very helpful, especially with the recent opening. They always offer a variety of pastry samples. Most goods are individually packaged and ready to place on the silver tray stacked by the door, although some breads are left out in the open unwrapped.
But it’s all about the hog dog bread. Much like the Korean bakery, this bread weaves slices of hot dog with cheese and a dab of ketchup into a soft, somewhat sweet dough and it’s baked. The whole genius behind this is that the hot dog slices sort of mark where to eat next so that each bite includes a bit of everything, including those meaty cylinders. Pangea Bakery hits the mark successfully combining meat and bread– something Paul is overjoyed at.
You can find other baked goods in their refrigerated pastry case near the register, where you can order a variety of caffeinated drinks. Prices range from under a dollar to over $4. Wifi is free. Warning: parking is a bit tight and I suspect it will become even tighter once word goes around that this place is open.
Pangea Bakery Cafe
4689 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111