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. SPOT.ph 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.
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
Price: 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.