Red Ribbon Bakeshop

Red Ribbon Bake Shop is a bakeshop with roots from the Philippines. They offer conventional Red Ribbon 1cakes, Filipino baked goods, pastries and light Filipino dishes. Most of their bake shops are located in Southern, Northern California and some states where there are large Filipino communities.

The bake shop was started in the Philippines by a homemaker. She started it as a hobby, shared her baked goods to her friends, extended family and eventually became a business. The first USA store was opened in West Covina, CA and now numbers almost 40 and still growing.

I visited their Glendale shop to sample their cakes and light Filipino meals. The shop is very clean, bright` and organized which is typical of chain restaurants.  I ordered a combination of pancit palabok noodles and arroz caldo and a side of empanada.

Pansit Palabok
Pansit Palabok

Pancit palabok is a noodle dish with an orange colored sauce. The sauce is made with garlic, pork and flakes or smoked fish. Annatto is used to get the orange color. The noodle is angel hair thin and made with rice. Red Ribbon’s palabok  is really tasty, savory and well seasoned. It is topped with sliced hardboiled egg and scallions.

 

 

Arroz caldo is the Filipino version of the Asian congee and Italian risotto. It literally translates to “hot rice”. It is made with sticky rice, chicken and chicken broth, seasoned with garlic, ginger, onions and fish sauce. Chopped green onion is used as garnishing and lemon juice is added before eating. Red Ribbon’s arroz caldo is okey, nothing special. It is savory in fact too savory and they use processed lime juice in a pouch like the ones used for soy sauce in most Chinese fast food. They could have used real slices of lime.

Empanada
Empanada

The empanada is savory and good although the chicken filling is almost dry. The pie crust is not flaky like they claim. It is more like baked bread, not flaky at all.

Next time I’ll try their cakes and bakery items. Overall some of their food is worth going back to.

 

 

Their website is www.redribbonbakeshop.us.

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17 Comments

  1. I love Filipino food and Red Ribbon is a decent place for Filipino food however their Ube cake is very suspicious it is way too dark purple which makes you to believe they use food coloring.

  2. The mango cake is the best mango cake I ever had, the cake was good. It is moist and not overly sweet like many Asian bakeries. The frosting also had mango in it as well. The other cakes that I have tried I think we were all a little disappointed, but I guess that was our fault for going in with such high expectations.

  3. I love this place! If you go try the chicken empanadas! I usually go to the one in Puente Hills mall which is smaller than most Red Ribbons I have gone to. The service is average nothing to complain about. Also love their mango cake not overly sweet like most Asian cakes, it is very soft and moist.

  4. I normally have good experience with Red Ribbon but not the last one. and was disappointed. The empanada is stale you can tell by the smell of the oil almost rancid and the shell soggy. Oh well, I hope it will be better next time.

    I really like Red Ribbon, it is nice, neat and clean.

  5. Red Ribbon cakes are good but the rest of their food is not a very good representation of good filipino cuisine, their food is very fastfoody.

  6. Their cakes are so good and much better than Portos. Porto’s cakes are overly sweet, Red Ribbon are perferct and so moist too.

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