Treat yourself with the best budget meals and the fanciest eats

Published November 5, 2021, 2:47 PM

by John Legaspi

When it comes to local cuisine, there is always something for everyone


On-the-go delights

Nothing is more comforting to a Filipino palate than lutong bahay. An assortment of savory variants carefully prepared by loving parents and grandparents can definitely give a sense of home with every flavorful bite. While having those every day on the table is a dream, prepping is quite time-consuming, which doesn’t much fit the on-the-go lifestyle of many urban Filipinos. Luckily, with 7-Eleven’s HottaUlam!, they can now have it fast and easy. Now available in its 2,000 stores, HottaUlam! offers Rico’s Lechon Binagoongan, Sisig, and Pork Laing, as well as two sticks of Pork BBQ, Chicken BBQ, Fried Bangus, Pinakbet, and Ginataang Langka at P55 to P79 per pack. Ready-to-heat lutong bahay viands such as Pork Steak, Chicken Curry, and Beef Caldereta are priced at P159 each and are good for two to three pax. Baliwag Liempo (P165) or Lechon Manok (P115) are also available for larger servings for families and barkada.

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Spicy. Crispy. OG.

KFC has proven itself to be the pioneer of spicy chicken with the Hot & Crispy Chicken and Zinger Sandwich, and as the saying goes, nothing beats the original. The undisputed leader in spicy chicken is rolling out its Spicy OG meals that we can enjoy in the comforts of our home by ordering online or via phone. There’s the Spicy OG Fully Loaded Meal that comes with KFC’s Hot & Crispy Chicken with rice and gravy, one Zinger Sandwich, one regular Mashed Potato, and one regular drink. If ordering for a group, you may avail of the Spicy OG Box which includes Hot & Crispy Chicken with rice and gravy, Zinger, Mashed Potato, and drinks for sharing.


A blend of French technique and Filipino flavors

In an exclusive one-night-only event, the master chefs behind Sofitel Manila and Metronome—Chef Bettina Arguelles and Chef Miko Calo—collaborate for a magnifique four-hands dinner on Nov. 24, 2021 at Le Bar. Both trained in the French culinary arts and savoir faire, Chef Bettina and Chef Miko will present an eight-course degustation menu showcasing local ingredients and the distinct blend of French technique and Filipino flavors. The exquisite dinner is paired with the finest selections from Veuve Clicquot, Château d’Esclans, Cloudy Bay, Cape Mentelle, and Hennessy. Interweaving their own personalities and experiences from working in kitchens across Paris, London, New York, and Singapore, this power pairing is set to take discerning epicures on a nonpareil gastronomic experience that brings pride to the Filipino mark in the international culinary scene. The four-hands dinner is set at P15,000 nett per person.

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Food for the champ

Jollibee levels up its partnership with Olympic champion Hidilyn Diaz through a special limited-time menu offering that lets customers feast like world-class champs—the Champ & Joy Super Meal! It is a delicious and filling combo that puts together everyone’s favorite crispylicious, juicylicious Chickenjoy with the big, juicy, and flavorful Champ, which also comes with a free Go Large Coke drink. As an added treat, customers will also get a special packaging featuring Hidilyn herself and a limited-edition Hidilyn Diaz collectible card with every order of the Champ & Joy Super Meal.

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