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Convenience Store Food: Our Top 10 Buys
More than just a go-to place for random needs, convenience stores also stock good food buys.
Published on: Jul 1, 2010 - 9:53am

Not exactly the first place one would think of when looking for a quick meal, convenience stores are a treasure trove for midnight snack hunting, a road trip pit stop, post-drinking hotspot and default lunchtime destination for faster-than-fast food fillers during super hectic workdays. checked out convenience stores in the city for surprising good food buys (listed in no particular order):


Chili con carne rice meal at 7- Eleven


Leave the authentic Tex-Mex expectations at the door. 7-Eleven's Chili con Carne, a tub of rice topped with piping hot beans and finely-ground meat is for those who love spice and a lot of rice in their meals. Best paired with their Big Gulp drinks, this meal packs in more rice than beans and meat, but is a filling and tasty choice for lunch, dinner or yes, a midnight binge.




grilled-steak-hotdogGrilled Steak hotdog sandwich at 7-Eleven

When hankering for a break from your usual hotdog, 7-Eleven's hotdog flavors offer choices from your usual sandwich. The Grilled Steak hotdog is mildly spiced with a beefy, juicy flavor that's far from your usual hotdog. Our advice: skip the pack of dressing and just pour on the ketchup.




Sharksfin dumplings at 7-Eleven
P30 for 4 pieces

Don't let the packaging deceive you. Four medium-sized steamed dumplings are packed together in a small plastic container when bought for take-out and is served with soy sauce and chili as dipping sauce. The dumplings, when eaten while still warm, are good-enough snack fare.



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  • L.F
    7Eleven's microwave Arroz Caldo! Whoever put their sharksfin dumplings on the list obviously did not have functioning taste buds during the consumption of it.
    3 months ago     Reply  
  • Booyah
    Can you post any top 10 healthy foods to eat (cheap or not)?? this is just ridiculous.
    Nov 07 2013 @ 01:35am     Reply   Hide replies
    • John
      Top 10 Healthy Foods to Eat (Cheap or not)

      1. An apple
      2. A banana
      3. A carrot
      4. Some bell peppers
      5. Ampalaya, kung trip mo
      6. May sale ng ubas sa Hypermart
      7. Kalabasa
      8. Chop Suey, from any random carinderia
      9. Sitaw
      10. Patane
      8 months ago     Reply  
  • mightyselene
    1. Creamy Tomato Tuna Kariman
    2. Cheese sandwich
    3. Mango float

    All from Ministop. They do have a lot to offer. I wish they have more stores though.
    Mar 07 2013 @ 09:58pm     Reply  
    hello po mag tatanong lan po ako kong mag kahiwalay ba ang manok at baboy pag niniluto ?
    Nov 29 2012 @ 01:53pm     Reply  
  • Mymy
    Mini-stop ice cream cone - cheesecake flavor! Taob lahat ng soft serve ice cream. Sa cone pa Lang sulit na, ang dami pang ice cream :)
    Mar 16 2012 @ 01:39am     Reply  
  • Eileen
    I can attest to the fact that the sharksfin dumpling at ministop really do hit the spot. They are a cheap delicious snack.
    Dec 01 2011 @ 10:52pm     Reply  
  • marielle
    love the Hot Chix at Mini-stop... and yeah, super love the Hershey's Dark Chocolate ice cream...
    Dec 06 2010 @ 09:21pm     Reply  
  • ann
    yah!! the 15pesos ice cream of mini stop is one of the reason why we always go to that store.. winner yun!
    Nov 30 2010 @ 03:48am     Reply  
  • spicy_2293
    I love the CHILLZ!!!
    Oct 09 2010 @ 03:16pm     Reply  
  • good boy
    I remember eating Kariman with a friend after our class when I was in college in DLS-HSI (I'm now a new RN! YAAAY!). So soooooo gooood,
    Aug 31 2010 @ 08:28pm     Reply  
  • anonymous
    oo nga mini stop's soft ice cream
    Aug 18 2010 @ 11:54pm     Reply  
  • jomai
    Complain q lng ung guard n nkaduty s branch nyo along pasay road accross greenbelt 3. Aug 14 Sat 2am. Walang galang s costumer.
    Aug 14 2010 @ 05:22am     Reply  
  • champagne11
    oo nga.. dapat kasali yung sundae ng ministop.. amd btw, i also love their chillz lalo yung sweet corn flavor (kaso wala na yata sila nun ngayon)
    Aug 04 2010 @ 08:48am     Reply  
  • dale
    nung umuwi ako sa probinsya for 2 mos ang namiss kong food is ung ministop na chicken. winner!

    after gmik trip kong kainin ung 7/11 na siopao (bolabola)

    after shift i go for ministop sundae.

    but lately i have to cut back on these, kc diet!
    hay screw that diet.
    Jul 29 2010 @ 03:43am     Reply  
  • Chef Trishia
    I'd say you guys try Ministop's newly-launched "Creamy Cassava Cake" and I'm sure you'll keep craving for it. My relatives and classmates are very much addicted to it due to its yema or custard topping which is really the first time I've ever seen in a cassava cake. Some say the topping is a l*ch* flan. It really should be included in your list. I'm sure you guys will once you've tried it.
    Jul 22 2010 @ 08:54pm     Reply  
  • nunsee
    i like Mineshine Milk Tea sold in 7-11 :)
    Jul 16 2010 @ 04:00pm     Reply  
  • pandesal_girl
    sarap din kaya ng mga pandesal ng 711 especially yung tuna cheesemelt and tuna mushroom :)
    Jul 14 2010 @ 05:29pm     Reply  
  • Ana
    Ministop's fried chicken MAY rival Shakey's chicken, it's really good. And the pizza bar ain't that bad.
    Jul 12 2010 @ 10:28pm     Reply  
  • hellohello
    um, the "sharksfin" siomai is called as such because it's shaped LIKE a SHARK's fin, not because it actually HAS shark's fin meat. and the real thing would be too pricy as convenience store treats. la lang, just had to share. haha.
    Jul 10 2010 @ 01:57am     Reply  
  • Teddycapz
    Ministop's Kariman particularly the pizza and tuna teriyaki variants should be on this list - really worth it at P25 apiece. Same with their soft-serve ice cream in Belgian waffle cone for only P15 - a steal especially with the Hershey's chocolate flavor.
    Jul 07 2010 @ 11:30pm     Reply  
  • summer girl
    @tina, i doubt very much na they really sharksfin sa mga convenience stores gaya nito. must be extenders lang or something like that. puso mo :)
    Jul 07 2010 @ 12:01pm     Reply  
  • vito0105
    7-11 faves:rn - Stuffed Pandesal's Pesto Cheesern - Hotta Rice's Laing and Beef Mechadorn - Regular jumbo hotdog sandwich + Big Gulp (pineapple juice)rnrnMinistoprn - Kariman (pizza flavored)rn - Sundae Cone (Vanilla and Chocolate combined)rnrnrnDi halatang batang convenience store ako. :)
    Jul 06 2010 @ 04:38pm     Reply  
  • Mickey
    dude, 711's cheesy beef for the win!
    Jul 05 2010 @ 03:48pm     Reply  
  • Jersey
    masarap yung chicken ng ministop in fairness. tska yung siomai ng 7-11!
    Jul 04 2010 @ 06:32pm     Reply  
  • emelye
    i do not think that the sharksfin sold in these convinience store (or other restaurants, for that matter) really contain sharksfin.

    anyhoo... i love ministop and their meals whenever i am craving for something quick and light. i like the shanghai rolls.
    Jul 02 2010 @ 04:40pm     Reply  
  • vivahotdog
    bkti wala yun d2?hmmmm
    Jul 02 2010 @ 05:05am     Reply  
  • vivahotdog
    panalo yung sundae nung ministop.generous serving, mura pa...
    Jul 02 2010 @ 05:04am     Reply  
  • Hannah
    Hey! How come di kasama yung pandesal sandwich ng 7-11! I would drop by 7-11 just for that! And i Love the variety!
    Jul 01 2010 @ 10:46pm     Reply  
  • hitsugaya
    @orenj & @Susie - oonga nasan na ung 15 pesos na sundae sa ministop na sobrang sulit lalo na pag hersheys flavored!!! yeah!!!
    Jul 01 2010 @ 08:27pm     Reply  
  • orenj
    Where's the Ministop sundae cone?
    Jul 01 2010 @ 06:55pm     Reply  
  • Tina
    You should not advertise for anything that contains shark fins. People who eat shark fins are just jerks that don't give a sh*t about marine live!
    Please watch "Sharkwater" - a movie that will make you think about what you do to these great animals!!!
    Jul 01 2010 @ 05:22pm     Reply  
  • Haha
    How about the Kariman of Ministop?
    Jul 01 2010 @ 03:15pm     Reply  
  • Susie
    Bakit wala yung swirly ice cream ng Mini-Stop? Yun ang super sulit for the price!
    Jul 01 2010 @ 02:44pm     Reply  
  • sneakafiend
    Got hooked on 7-11 Lechon siopao for a good while, was downing those morning, noon & night. Wish I had some now...
    Jul 01 2010 @ 11:46am     Reply  
  • Chiqui Hollmann
    I love love love Hot chix! it's just bad for your health and waistline
    Jul 01 2010 @ 10:19am     Reply  
  • u8mypinkcookies
    I also like the hotdog sandwich in 7-11! I usually buy that when I just want a light lunch... also Mineshine Milk Tea sold in 7-11. Yummm!! :D
    Jul 01 2010 @ 10:15am     Reply  
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