Under most circumstances, meals bought at a convenience store, while satisfying and budget-friendly, tend to be lacking in terms of both variety and flavour. In the Philippines, however, given the emphasis that food has to taste good no matter how cheap it is, it is to the credit of the research-and-development teams at 7-Eleven that this particular chain is able to offer a number of options from small but filling snacks to full-scale meals featuring that typical trifecta of starch, protein, and veg.
The 7-Fresh line of light meals is a clear example of this. The line started about a year ago with a selection of single-portion salads; today, the line now includes a series of pasta plates featuring both cream-based and tomato-based sauces on different forms of pasta. At P 79.00 (US$ 1.76) per plate, these are surprisingly hefty and event tasty.
The bacon and egg on fettucine is one of my personal favourites amongst the varieties I’ve tried. You get a steam-cooked egg, a few slices of bacon, and a cheese and leek infused cream sauce. Not bad for a carbonara wannabe, it’s actually nice and the noodles have a toothsome texture. One tip, though: order this for takeaway as opposed to noshing it on the premises, crisp up the bacon in a pan or an oven toaster (whichever’s more convenient), and you have a smoky-tasting meal with a bit of a crunch.
The grilled chicken pasta, on the other hand, is as bland as plain rice and the chicken, is, alas, dry. I recommend skipping it and opting instead for another plate of bacon and eggs or giving the other variants which feature tomatoes and sausage a shot.