“It’s a no-brainer: food cart at the mall, in office buildings or at train stations offer a speedy respite from hunger pangs. Offering quick meals on the cheap, food cart serve just about anything–from flavored French fries, dimsum, to the well-loved Pinoy bibingka.
Food Cart Franchise have been in the Philippines since the 1980s, with the earlier carts having wheels, echoing the appearance of a carriage on wheels which could be pushed to one’s chosen location. According to Entrepreneur magazine’s Philippine edition, Popperoo Popcorn was the very first food cart business that entered a local mall in the 1990s. Now, food carts sans wheels are a ubiquitous bunch, occupying space near the grocery, train terminals, and even walkways to parking areas in malls”.
OUR TOP PICKS
1. Bochock Rice Meal (BEST SELLER)
Best Seller : Bentelog Meals
Food Cart Appeal : Cheap, tasty dimsum and delicious varieties of toppings
Probably the best-tasting “food cart Bentelog,” an order comes with four hefty pieces of pride rice and tapa egg, generously topped with chili garlic bits. Rarely soggy, Siomai House’s dimsum is steamed just right, and for minimum amount of Bentelog, a real steal. They also serve ice-cold gulaman, quenching freezed mineral water, or softdrinks for a measly good break.
2. Chow Mien Noodles
Best Seller : Regular-sized noodles (choice of beef or pork)
Food Cart Appeal : Quick, inexpensive carbo-loading
Judging from the long lines alone, Hong Kong Style Noodles is one of the most popular food stalls in the city. A serving comes with pre-measured stir-fried noodles, bean sprouts, and two pieces of dimsum, but the real fun comes when you are tasked to make your own noodle sauce. With choices that include teriyaki, Szechuan, toyomansi, oyster, chili, and peanut sauce, each cup will probably taste differently from the first, unless you’ve got your own formula down pat.
Though you can’t expect to have the best tasting noodles, its winning combination of calling out to consumer creativity (you do make your own sauce after all) and cheap prices undeniably captures mass appeal.
3. Quickie Waffle
Best Seller : Waffle snacks with every filling possible.
Food Cart Appeal : Cheap tummy fillers
Waffle Time takes the classic waffle snack and fills it not only with hotdogs, but with pineapple, Swiss chocolate, Bavarian cream, tuna salad and bacon. You shouldn’t expect gourmet fare. The Happy Cheesy and Chocolate Waffles are popular choices for those wanting quick and cheap munchies while en route to work or those on the way home.