When you start planning a trip to the Philippines, you might note a few upscale, local restaurants that you want to try. Once you find yourself in the area though, you might end up at fast food restaurants simply because it's easier and faster to get food. The Philippines has traditional American fast food restaurants and a few of its own.
Jollibee is the biggest fast food restaurant chain in the Philippines and the one with the largest number of sales every year. The company started in the late 1970s and now has more shops in the country than McDonald's and has even expanded into other countries such as Taiwan. Traditional meals such as vegetable rolls are served with rice and fresh vegetables, and you can also find American dishes including chicken with the bone and hamburgers.
As the Philippines continues to grow, so does the abundance of American fast food chains. If you're looking for a taste of home, the best place to go is Manila, which has the largest number of American chains. You can find Wendy's, McDonald's, Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken among others there. The dishes here are the same ones you can find at home and include some healthier options such as grilled chicken sandwiches, salads and vegetarian pizza.
While you might not think of a market as having fast food, there are many small food markets in the Philippines that offer it. At each of the markets you'll find food stalls setup by local restaurants and individuals, selling traditional rice and fish-based dishes. The dishes are displayed on the top counter or behind a glass case. You select the meal you want and the owner adds a scoop of rice to the dish before topping it with your dinner. It's a fast way to grab lunch or dinner and have a traditional meal. If you're looking for vegetarian options, then you'll be satisfied because many of these small stands offer meat-free dishes.