7 Delicious And Budget-friendly Baon Ideas To Power Up Your Daily Grind


As a kid, you’ve probably seen your parents fill your bag or lunchbox with packed food (or baon, as we love to call it) before you go to school. Some opt for it to save money, while others do it to ensure that their kids are eating healthy meals. Meanwhile, kids enjoy bringing packed food because it means extra savings from their allowance.

Even as adults, we love bringing packed food because it’s practical and lets us skip long lines at restaurants while still enjoying a delicious meal. There’s no need to settle for repeated dishes or ordinary packed lunches, because there are many creative and flavorful baon specials that cater to every taste and craving. 

With the rising popularity of bento, intricately designed sandwiches, and even artistic food bowls as proof, there’s always a growing demand for exciting packed meals—no matter your age, lifestyle, or background. At the SM Malls Online app, you can explore various baon ideas that are delicious yet affordable and perfect for school, work, and any other occasion. No need to wake up extra early to cook or prepare these meals either, because you can simply have them delivered to your doorstep by ordering from the app!

Here are our top picks—and upon checkout, don’t forget to use the voucher code 2orMOREBINGE to get a P100 discount on orders worth at least P1,000.

Crispy chicken sandwiches from Wendy’s

Perfect as a light yet filling lunch or snack, chicken sandwiches are a great baon option for any time of the day. At Wendy’s, you can choose between two flavors: Classic or spicy. Both chicken sandwiches use whole chicken breast fillets to let you enjoy tenderness and juiciness in every bite, paired with light breading for extra crispiness. If you’re craving a hot treat, you can opt for the Spicy Chicken Sandwich which features a special blend of peppers and spices in the mix.

Enjoy 20% off these treats with the 2 Chicken Sandwich Promo Bundle, which is available for P232 (from an original price of P290) at Wendy's from August 1 to 31. Order it now from SM City Fairview, SM Megamall, SM City North Edsa, SM Mall of Asia, SM City San Lazaro, SM City Dasmariñas, and SM City Marikina.

Flavorful dim sum treats from Mann Hann

Are you in the mood for Chinese food? Or are your tastebuds looking for bite-sized treats with a variety of flavors? We suggest trying dishes from Mann Hann’s Dim sum menu, which includes Siomai for your classic Chinese dumpling cravings. They also have Machang, a yummy dish made of glutinous rice, stuffed with different fillings, and wrapped in bamboo leaves.

Another must-try from their menu is the Hakaw, another steamed dumpling dish like Siomai but with a slightly different flavor and texture. This traditional dim sum features fresh and juicy prawns stuffed inside a smooth, transparent, and delicate wrapper that makes every bite a unique and exciting experience.

From August 1 to 31, all Dim sums at Mann Hann are available at 20% off starting at P76 when you order from SM Megamall, SM City North Edsa, SM City Fairview, SM Mall of Asia, and SM City San Lazaro via the SM Malls Online app.

Scrumptious special tendons from Tenya

Are you ready for a hearty rice bowl that’ll power you through the day? Take your cue from Japanese cuisine and dig your chopsticks into tendons—a tempura rice bowl dish popular among students and workers as a delicious yet affordable lunch treat. If you haven’t tried it yet, we recommend starting with one of Tenya’s best-selling varieties: the Asakusa Special Tendon.

This rice bowl’s main stars are its three black tiger prawn tempuras, which are bursting with flavors and deep-fried to perfection. These prawns are served with green beans on top of hot Japanese rice and drizzled with Tenya’s Original Dontare sauce. 

Enjoy a buy one, take one deal on the Asakusa Special Tendon, now available for only P395 from an original price of P790, at Tenya in SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, and SM Southmall via the SM Malls Online app from August 1 to 31.

Unique crispy rolls from Liang Crispy Roll

Add a delicious twist to your usual on-the-go meal with Liang Crispy Roll’s savory snack offering: a burrito-like crispy roll with unconventional scallion pancakes as its wrap! This unique choice of wrapper gives each roll a deliciously flaky texture and lets it achieve the perfect balance between crispy and chewy in every bite.

From the various crispy roll flavors that you can choose from, we recommend the Angus Beef Steak Crispy Roll for snacking or light lunch. This delectable treat is stuffed with flavorful and tender Angus beef steak strips, lettuce, and onions that excellently complement the texture and flavors of its signature scallion pancake wrapper.

Get a 20% discount on all items from Liang Crispy Roll’s menu, including the Angus Beef Steak Crispy Roll which you can order for only P116 (originally P145) in SM City North Edsa, SM City Fairview, and SM City San Lazaro via the SM Malls Online app. This offer runs from August 1 to 31.

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