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[dropcap letter="L"]et’s face it, eating rituals have changed with the times. Back then, families would gather round the color TV and eat microwave dinners. Now, families fidget with their smartphones as they eat out in du jour restaurants approved by your favorite food blogger.

And how does that joke go? Back then, before meals, people thanked the deities for the food. Now, before meals, people take Instagram shots of the food.

The future is here. We’re surely a long way from our Taong Tabon grandfathers who gathered 'round the fire and snacked leisurely on their paleolithic dinners of pawikan soup and alamid sisig.

In the light-speed pace of our times, what with artery-popping traffic in EDSA and overtime schedules that make our cubicles smell like college dorm rooms, and not to mention, addicting Facebook games that require at least four fingers to play, we as Filipinos have evolved.

Our eating habits have evolved. We learned to eat using only one hand.

Welcome to the Age of Multi-Tasking, where we might as well be reincarnated as octopus with to-do lists that unfurl like rolls of toilet paper.

So throw your lola’s kubyertos out of the window, here 8List gives you the 8 best meals that you can eat with one hand (while the other is busy doing other non-gustatory things).

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What happens when an ill-timed client eyeball meets an ill-timed craving for a piping hot bowl of yummy katsudon? Bad trip happens, of course.

But whine not, Hungry Yuppie, since Ginza Bairin (a brand-spankin’-new house of katsu in Glorietta) serves up a unique concoction of tonkatsu-in-a-sandwich!

So put your right hand on the steering wheel, and use your left to munch on these heavenly pork cutlets tucked inside pillow-soft slices of bread. A hefty spread of wasabi-flavored mustard seals the deal and will have you howling like a samurai master on magic mushrooms.

If Manong MMDA catches you swerving, give him a taste-test and he’ll surely give back your license.


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A new-fangled sandwich from the ever-reliable chain store Burger King, the Chicken Crisp Fillet Sandwich is perfect for those afternoons when you need to cram a report that you promised your boss a year ago.

While your dominant hand is busy doing magic on the keyboard, let your other clamp down this amazing burger that comes with either Honey Mustard or Garlic Mayo flavors and put it in your mouth.

And since this baby comes with a ridiculously affordable P55 price tag, why not wolf down two to pump some more glucose to your enervated bloodstream?


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I’ll beat you to it: you say, the trouble with caramel popcorn is the post-snack slimy fingers. How in the world can you consider this optimal for one-handed eating, when you can end up with encrusted fingertips and a gooey iPhone?

The answer is right here biting your nose: Chef Tony’s popcorn. (Of which amongst its variety of flavors, Parmesan is paramount.) This brand of popcorn has turned popcorn-making into a science: eating them leaves little powder or grease on your digits.

This beautiful basin of kernels is the de facto on-the-go calorie boost. (Plus,popcorn is actually healthy, you know?)

So the next time you’re on the taxi and your other hand is busy e-mailing on the phone, brace these pots of gold in between your thighs and experience a party in your mouth.


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(A caveat: Be sure to tell the take-out lady to pour the garlic sauce and the salsa inside the rolls before leaving the resto.)

Army Navy’s Chicken Burrito gifts your palate with a perfect duel of lemony and spicy flavors. It’s also filling as a sit-down meal, so it’s perfect for those lightning-quick lunch breaks.

And while you’re at it, why not a side-order of some addicting Freedom Fries to cap your daily carb requirements, ey?


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Craving for Bon Chon’s double-fried batter goodness, but don’t have the time to sit down and chomp it all down with rice?

Then go get Bon Chon’s criminally underlooked Fish Tacos, which is ideal for a one-handed video game dinners, especially if you’re adroit in the art of undoing taco wrapper using your front teeth.

Lemony and garlicky goodness invades your senses as you bite into these tender rolls only a brand like Bon Chon can whip up. A must-try.


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Think of authetic siopao from Binondo and then color it vegetarian.

These mouth-watering buns are made of mushrooms, nuts, tofu, spice and everything nice. Not to mention, a freshly baked clamshell sandwich.

This is perfect for those Breaking Bad marathons, when one hand is busy rewinding for WTF plot twists.


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This newly minted pizza is ideal for the famished at work, for those who need a quick pick-me-up in the middle of a long workday.

If your team is hurrying up a presentation, this star-shaped 2-in-1 treat comes with hefty toppings of bacon, lettuce and cheese, perfect for everyone’s quick one-handed merienda.


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Need we say more? This classic sandwich gives you nourishment equal to a two-viand meal.

A juicy beef patty with garden-fresh vegetables will have you begging for seconds. It’s the ultimate sulit one-handed meal.


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Image Credits:
8. talesfromthetummy.com
7. facebook.com/burgerkingph
6. purplepieces.com
5. paresatbp.ph
4. orangemagazinetv.com
3. ourawesomeplanet.com
2. facebook.com/pizzahutphilippines
1. facebook.com/pages/Jollibee-Concepcion

Wincy Aquino Ong

Wincy Aquino Ong is a writer, musician, filmmaker, actor, and comic book illustrator. His works have been published in The Philippine Star and Esquire. His horror fiction was part of Neil Gaiman's Expeditions anthology. He is best known for the indie film San Lazaro, which was released in 2011.

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