Brought to you by same company as the beloved bee mascot is Chowking. Chowking gives us Western-style fast food service, in the form of Chinese food, adjusted to suit Filipino tastes. Set up over 30 years ago to compete with American-style fast food chains during their heyday in Manila, Chowking proved that its own unique Asian formula could not only compete with but outlast burger-slinging contenders.
Utter the phrase “chao fan“, and the first thing that comes to find to most Filipinos is Chowking’s version with crispy, juicy siomai on top and a homogenous, spam-like texture inside that we look for. And let’s not forget their halo-halo, both in classic and milky iterations, that have kept us cool on many a hot commuting day.