Here’s Where You Can Buy Chinese Bento in Makati for Under PHP 100November 11, 2014
Even as someone who writes about food, there are days when lunch hour strikes and the need to feed overrides the need to taste. When I spent a few years in an office in Makati, that need was usually met by whatever was available at the nearby convenience store, as I had no time to prepare my own meals. After a few days, counting down to the last few hundred pesos in my bank account shy of sweldo, those microwave meals and jollyjeep lunches could only go so far.
Thankfully, another colleague pointed me out to Dangdee’s in Salcedo, Makati. For under a hundred pesos, I got a complete meal with drink, neatly packed in a green and white box. Inside the box was a full Chinese lunch meal: long-grain rice, a hefty helping of veggies and half a hard-boiled egg on the side, and a fillet of meat the size of my palm and a half.
It was almost too good to be true, and to this day I wonder how they keep their costs down, but I was too happy at the idea of eating well for less than a hundred pesos in Makati. Dangdee’s was what introduced me to the wonders of Chinese Fried Chicken, serving up a crispy chicken cutlet that had to be packed separately since it bulged out from the bento box. Before I knew about Hot Star, I had Dangdee’s fried chicken. I kid you not, it was a life-changing find.
While the chicken was not available at the time we visited for the shoot, the crispy porkchop meal did well enough as a stand-in. Jollyjeep porkchops look microscopic compared to what Dangdee’s had to offer. One of the lunchladies at the counter just had to ask as she packed the lunch, “Where do they get this meat? From a dinosaur?” For those who need a break from deep-fried crispy stuff, they also offer Chinese Sausages and their Dangdee’s Special with slices of asado.
Dangdee’s has its loyal crowd during weekdays, and they deliver within the Makati area. Make sure to call or order early, as fellow office workers in Makati wizened up and sometimes buy out stock before the lunch crowd rolls in. I’ve also had days where I’ve gotten dizzy from the amount of oil used in their lunches, but its portions and flavors trump almost everything else across the board, with a single box of Dangdee’s having seen me through lunch and dinner.
Have you tried Dangdee’s? What do you usually order? Share your favorite Dangdee’s meal with a comment below.
Dangdee Fast Food
Address: 200 Benavidez St corner Salcedo St, Makati