Let's be real, we all kind of miss the beauty of fast food and food from our fave restaurants. The enhanced community quarantine has got us craving all kinds of dishes. Luckily, some establishments have been kind enough to sell ready-to-cook food aka restaurant-quality dishes you can easily prepare in your kitchen.
At the end of March, Jollibee decided that the best way to share joy during the quarantine was to let people cook its legendary Chickenjoy inside their homes. It's by no means exactly the same as what you'd get if you go to Jollibee. The parts are cut and marinated, but it doesn't come with breading and gravy, so you have to do those bits freestyle. According to Yummy, the best way is to thaw the chicken, dip it in an egg batter, then coat it in seasoned flour before frying.
Available at Robinson's Supermarkets.
Last April 15, 2020, McDonald's joined the fray of generous fast-food enterprises offering their signature meals for home cooks. Its chicken nuggets (P454), marinated chicken cuts (P219), and spicy marinated chicken cuts (P219) are now available in selected outlets. Earlier, McDonald's also unveiled the recipe for the Sausage McMuffin for people who have been starved of this popular breakfast item.
If fried chicken is not your thing, Mang Inasal is offering frozen marinated cuts of chicken (leg and breast) in regular and spicy flavors, bangus sisig, pork barbecue, and lumpiang togue. Prices range from P134 to P483. To complete the experience, you can also buy chicken oil in either sachets or liter containers. Even the desserts are available!
Available at Mang Inasal branches.
Have a potato party at your home. Potato Corner, that great potato purveyor, is offering a cook-at-home fries kit for P699. That's 2.5 kilograms of potatoes (a Tera for each member of your extended family). It comes, of course, with the signature flavor packet.
Available only in Visayas and Mindanao outlets, Greenwich is helping fans come up with their own version of its famous pizzas. The marinated chicken is for sale (eight pieces for P225) as well as the spaghetti and carbonara sauces. If you're good at making pizza crust, you can add Greenwich toppings, too, like bacon bits, chorizo, ham, beef burger crumbles, and more.
Available at Greenwich branches.
Chowking has a large ready-to-cook menu, but what's more impressive is how you can actually recreate its iconic halo-halo at home. Yes, you can order all the components of this luscious dessert frozen and in bulk: ube paste, langka in syrup, macapuno, mixed beans, and even ice cream. Frozen dimsum, meat, and seafood are also at your disposal.
Available at Chowking branches
Quarantine has made every night movie night! Replicate the cinema experience in your living room with home-cooked Taters food. Available for wholesale are turkey patties, hotdogs, beef patties, chips, fries, fish fillet, ground beef (for nachos), munchers, and more.
That's right. Serenitea wants to satisfy your milk tea cravings in the comfort of your kitchen. They've just launched home kits that come in three variations: a straightforward pack of 15 three-in-one milk tea sachets (P599), 15 three-in-one sachets plus uncooked pudding powder (P899), and 15 three-in-one sachets with one jar of nata de coco (P1,099).
Check out Serenitea's Facebook page for more details.
Hotdogs, hotdog buns, and siopao? You can now assemble your favorite convenience-store office snack in your kitchen as you work from home. It's available at selected 7-Eleven stores nationwide.
Ministop hasn't made its famous Uncle John's Fried Chicken available for home cooking yet, but you can have it delivered! The rest of the items on its menu—kariman, hot chix, siomai, siopao, and chicken inasal—are available frozen and ready to take home at selected Ministop locations.
Other restaurants that are offering frozen versions of their meals:
Manam is making life easier by offering its bestsellers in ready-to-eat and ready-to-heat versions. The famous Crispy Sisig and Watermelon Sinigang are both frozen and reheatable, while lechon kawali, tapa, corned beef, and beef salpicao come in easy-to-cook packages.
Never crave Chinese food again. King Chef has every kind of dimsum on offer: prawn dumplings, siopao, bean curd rolls, siomai, and hakao. Take your pick, but note that King Chef's frozen dimsum is only available for delivery (via Grab or other delivery apps). It is not available for takeout or pick-up.
This OG Chinese specialty store has select days for ordering its famous dimsum. Make sure to check out its Facebook page for updates.
Pick up your favorite Locavore dish at the store, frozen and ready for you to enjoy. Have a feast with boneless lechon belly, crispy pata, kimchinigang, and sizzling sinigang. You may even want to try their beef pares stew, adobong baka sa gata, green curry Bicol express, corned bistek, and crispy corned beef.
Have a classic Filipino meal at home with bulk orders of Amber specialties. Get a kilo of marinated pork (ready to be skewered and barbecued) or get 20 pieces of lumpiang Shanghai while supplies last.
For those celebrating birthdays while on lockdown, Conti's is here to deliver frozen versions of its famous main courses. Plus, you can order its celebrated cake, too. Delivery is available in selected stores only.
Click here for an updated store list.
Max's is having most of its menu available for delivery, but if you want to be sure you can have Max's whenever a craving hits, a portion of its product line is also available frozen and ready to cook: choices include the crispy pata, kare-kare, marinated bangus, chicken burger patty, and lumpiang Shanghai mix.
Click here to know which Max's stores are open to cater to you. Note that the store will only be taking orders until 4:00 p.m. through the following: delivery.maxschicken.com, orders made directly to the store, GrabFood, FoodPanda, and Lalafood.
Old Swiss Inn
A proponent of slow cooking, Old Swiss Inn wants to make sure that you're eating well during the quarantine. Its frozen deli has items like gnagi, all kinds of sausages, and sliced corned beef. It also has "Snap and Zap" meals that are ready for enjoyment: goulash, bolognese sauce, corned beef kaldereta, mechado, lengua, chicken pastel, and more.
Ramen Yushoken and Mendokoro Ramenba
Yes, these two have a monthlong backlog in pre-orders, but that's just a testament to how beloved they are in the community. Yushoken and Mendokoro are offering take-home ramen kits plus gyoza, karaage, and chahan to complete the experience.
Rustic Italian cooking is best enjoyed in the comfort in your own home, right? It's like grandma is in the kitchen, but everything is already frozen and ready to consume in a matter of minutes. Think frozen pasta, frozen mozzarella sticks, and frozen meatballs.
Order via Facebook Messenger.