Filipinos love French fries as if it were their own. The potato snack--which first appeared as a kind of street food in Paris in 1840--was likewise embraced by the Americans who turned it into the perfect sidekick for burgers. The Americans, of course, came to the Philippines and brought their food with them. These days, though, not all French fries are made purely from potatoes. But, hey, we still love munching on them anyway. Because not all fries are made equal, SPOT.ph ranked 10 of the most popular French fries under P100 in Metro Manila according to their taste and overall potato-ness (if there is such a word).
10. POTATO CORNER
Food carts located in Metro Manila malls.
Fry factor: You pay P95 for Potato Corner’s Mega Fries, which can be shared by two--or even three--people. Certainly not gourmet fare, but it’s the top-of-mind pick of flavored fries freaks. It comes in cheese, barbecue, or sour cream flavors, but you can also get them plain. Perfect for barkada encounters, when food is beside the point.
Foodie fuss: The barely-there potato taste of these fries is more pronounced when they’re not flavored. So, yes, they taste better when they’re flavored. It does come in cute packaging featuring their cheerful potato mascot.
9. BURGER KING
With branches all over Metro Manila.
Fry factor: Fans of extra crunchy fries will gladly pay P60 for a large order of Burger King’s fries. They’re the kind you’d enjoy eating in bunches of three. Dipping them in ketchup further enhances their taste. These are lead-you-into-burger-temptation fries. Because, yes, you end up buying a burger to go with them.
Foodie fuss: The fastfood chain advertises these deep-fried fries as "0 trans fat" treats. Perhaps they just want to make patrons feel good about chomping on them.