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When Substance is Better than Speed

Comfort food on one plate

With the proliferation of fast food joints and food stalls in this part of the world, it is quite easy to get a meal if you’re in a hurry.  Unfortunately, speed is not always equivalent to proper nourishment and personal satisfaction.  In fact, I’m willing to take a bet that the average “burger-n-fries” muncher usually ends up hungry less than an hour after eating.  (well, either that or the poor unfortunate individual ends up with a serious case of either indigestion or food poisoning!)

I personally believe that people have forgotten how to just sit down, stay calm, and enjoy every single bite of their meal.  It doesn’t take so long: thirty minutes to an hour is fine.  You get to interact with people more cordially, you get to chew rather than gobble, you get to laugh instead of grumbling to yourself.

One place that offers substantial meals is Kenny Rogers Roasters where you can get a quarter of a roast chicken with rice, two side dishes of your choice, and a cornmeal muffin.  It is a meal that is served fast (the restaurant has a running rotisserie and a steam table / fridge case that gets replenished on a regular basis.  But it isn’t fast food in the strictest sense: you really have to chew through your meal because it’s more substantial than most.

It’s not really the best in terms of food, but you have to admit that the peppercorn-crusted chicken has a lemony tang that goes well with rice.  The vegetable sides – even the hot ones – are properly cooked and the veg has a crunch when you bite into it.  They do mashed potatoes and mac-‘n’-cheese, but I’d skip the former and get seriously into the latter as it’s properly cheesy and moreish.

And while they do serve the usual sodas and iced tea…


…you can’t go wrong with one of their yogurt smoothies.  (The one here is strawberry.)  One caveat, though: these smoothies aren’t sweet but are actually quite tart – the way proper yogurt should be.

Healthy and good?  Definitely.



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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