Attack of the Chori Burger


Bun on the Run Bun on the Run at Metrowalk
“Bun on the Run!” H exclaimed as we were walking around Metrowalk. “Do you remember that?”

“Oh yeah!” I replied. “My Dad would take home brownies from that shop before. Ang sarap sarap.” I remembered the chocolatey goodies I enjoyed very much as a kid.

“Have you tried their Chori Burger?” H asked as we started walking the kiosk.

“Huh? No,” I said. And that was all the encouragement H needed to walk faster towards the store.

The Menu Burgers and Fries Pinoy Style
Apparently, the Chori Burger is a classic BotR sandwich. Have you tried this yet? I really don’t remember eating this from way back. But I have a bigger question. Did Bun on the Run disappear and is this a comeback? Or am I just misinformed and it’s been there all along? I wonder. Anyway, H and I ordered a Chori Burger each and french fries. It seemed like a promising afternoon snack. I settled comfortably in my chair and waited for our orders to arrive.

Presenting the Chori Burger. It looked interesting. I love chorizo so I was excited to try it out.

Oh, so this is the Chori Burger!
One bite and… “Ang alat!!!” I groaned. It was so salty! But what would I have expected anyway? It’s a Chori Burger. Chorizos are salty. But don’t they have a crumbly, meaty taste? This was Salty Burger, not Chori Burger. I was really disappointed. Buti nalang may fries. H enjoyed his though. But honestly, I think he was enjoying his own trip down memory lane more than the actual taste of the burger. I asked him how he found the sandwich. He shrugged and said, “Chorizo.” Fair enough.

But c’mon. Let’s go over chorizos for a bit. Philippine chorizos, a.k.a. Longganisa, are quite tasty. The taste varies from region to region; some are sweeter, some are more garlicky, some are spicier than the other. They probably all have salt in it too. But their signature tastes and flavors are always balanced. I’m suddenly craving for Longganisang Lucban. And Purefoods’ Chorizo de Bilbao. If chorizos from other countries were the peg for this burger, I’m certain those chorizos wouldn’t have been this salty either.

Nice snack for a lazy afternoon.
Sayang, it looked good pa naman. I would’ve loved a meatier, smokier chorizo taste. I washed away all the saltiness with bottles of mineral water. Kakainis! Na-bitin ako. I’m not going back there. But if they bring back those gooey chocolate brownies from my childhood, well, I might change my mind.

39 Comments on Attack of the Chori Burger

  1. G.
    May 2, 2007 at 10:37 am (13 years ago)

    thanks a lot, toni… now i’m hungry! that burger looked good and full of tasty potential. sayang talaga. but, at least it gives you an idea of what to do with your longganisa next time you have them at home. if you make it, let me know how it is and what’s in it and i’ll definitely try!

    p.s. i miss reading your posts! been really busy lately but i’m catching up =).

  2. ajay
    May 2, 2007 at 10:52 am (13 years ago)

    Yes BotR is a chori burger pioneer Tones. They used to have a stall in Greenbelt way back in the 90s. So they’ve made a comeback?? Lots of eateries now with chori burger. But there are also ready made chori burger patties now in the groceries now so no problem, you can make your own sandwich at home. Try Mother Earth:)

  3. Leica
    May 2, 2007 at 11:31 am (13 years ago)

    The best choriburger that I’ve had was in Boracay where they sell it in kiosks during night time. The chorizo or longganiza is a perfect mixture of salty, sweet and tangy and the buns are loaded with mayo. Sarap!

  4. Junnie
    May 2, 2007 at 1:28 pm (13 years ago)

    ok. the chori burger is the saltiest messiest yummiest burger in town during the early 90s (they had a stall near the Greenbelt cinemas) and yes, you’re right, the most popular choco crinkles not made from your grandma’s kitchen.

    iba na ang panlasa mo toni, pag tumatanda and when we all purged ourselves of all the salt, this type of food is really a turn off. sabagay di mo naman aa-raw arawin.

  5. jojo
    May 2, 2007 at 3:03 pm (13 years ago)

    if im not mistaken…the “look” of the store changed?

    i love longganiza…we always ask our friend who goes back to Pinas every month to bring us some. i love the garlicky ones…YUM!

  6. jojo
    May 2, 2007 at 3:05 pm (13 years ago)

    if im not mistaken…the “look” of the store changed?

    i love longganiza…we always ask our friend who goes back to Pinas every month to bring us some. i love the garlicky ones…YUM!

    and parang ang sarap nga nung fries 😀

  7. Daniel
    May 2, 2007 at 5:55 pm (13 years ago)

    bun on the run! i remember this from way back. but it looks different now. good different, though. it looks more hip, more modern. i didn’t get to try bun on the run before. i think i was too little to be allowed to eat burgers. it’s nice that they’ve made a comeback, and this time i won’t waste time and have their burgers one of these days.

  8. aloi
    May 2, 2007 at 6:58 pm (13 years ago)

    it’s disappointments like these that drive us to cook at home. mahal na pala ng burger! P65 will get you close to 100 grams of really great canadian ham at santi’s!

  9. missyosigirl
    May 2, 2007 at 7:44 pm (13 years ago)

    kelan ka nagmetrowalk? :) tsk sayang madalas kami sa metrowalk because our office is walking distance.

    i used to have a favorite bun on the run burger, i forgot nga lang kung ano. mabisita nga ang metrowalk during lunch one of these days …

  10. JO
    May 2, 2007 at 10:10 pm (13 years ago)

    hmmm.. i wouldn’t mind trying that one out. i missed chorizos!

  11. spanx
    May 2, 2007 at 10:31 pm (13 years ago)


    ginutom ako. grrrrr….

    i remember the mayo from these sandwiches would always squirt out of the bun on my first big bite,
    land on my pants, to my date’s amusement and my never-ending embarassment.

    then the crumbs would float gently down and cover my shirt.

    this is how i watched Ghost, Pretty Woman, The Untouchables, Dangerous Liaisons, and Dirty Dancing back in the old Greenbelt…. covered with CHORIBURGER!!!

  12. abby
    May 2, 2007 at 11:17 pm (13 years ago)

    oooo, sarap ng longganisang lucban! you know ako naman i prefer the salty kind than the chinese chorizo i once had, it’s a little too sweet for my longganisa preference.

  13. tanya
    May 3, 2007 at 1:59 am (13 years ago)

    oh my gosh! Bun on the run! My eldest brother and I loved their burgers! And we always asked for extra coleslaw! ahhhhhhh! I remember that one in Unimart.. tapos they closed.. then i discovered the one in front of Miriam on Katipunan. Then they closed. Man.. I would love to have some of those burgers!!!

    but sad about that chori burger… chorizo’s are mostly sweet.. and not that salty at all. that’s sad!

  14. rach
    May 3, 2007 at 9:45 am (13 years ago)

    Oh, I remember Bun on the Run! Nice to see it’s back. Love the vivid red design.

  15. Leah
    May 3, 2007 at 1:35 pm (13 years ago)

    Looks good and tempting…and high in cholesterol too! Sayang nga at disappointed ka with the taste.

  16. smarie
    May 3, 2007 at 2:55 pm (13 years ago)

    toni, what a shame. i am salivating just looking at the picture of the burger you took. but i grew up in a household that doesn’t use too much salt in cooking, so this would turn me off as well.

    i love chorizos, esp the sweet ones! yum!

  17. watson
    May 3, 2007 at 7:51 pm (13 years ago)

    choriburger…. sa metrowalk… I guess this is a comeback for Bun on the Run. Parang yung Goodah. Suddenly you see them in gas stations, sprouting like mushrooms.

    I’ve been to Metrowalk only three times… medyo malayo kasi. But if I see a Bun on the Run store, I wonder if I’ll avoid the choriburger, or have curiosity get the better of me? Hmmm….

  18. Mama A
    May 4, 2007 at 4:37 am (13 years ago)

    Hi Toni-
    You made this lurker come out her cave and comment yet again. I love Bun on The Run… my favorite then was the Pork Loin and crinkles. I would frequent the one by Greenbelt Mall and I think there was also a branch by the old Love Bus Depot (which has been converted to GB2). BOTR Pork Loin (with lotsa, lotsa coles slaw) and a pint of ice cream everytime I watch the movies at GB! Pork Loin was 18 bux back then.

    Thanks Toni for blogging about this. It sure brought back a lot of memories.

    Mama A.

  19. cookie
    May 4, 2007 at 6:47 pm (13 years ago)

    Yes, the return of Bun on the Run! We were regulars of the Katipunan branch. It was a small stall across Ateneo/Miriam. Wow, 65 bucks for a choriburger. Mahal. If it still tastes the same then at todays prices it should be worth it.

  20. macy
    May 4, 2007 at 9:34 pm (13 years ago)

    sayang parang ang sarap pa naman sa pic.

  21. Ira
    May 5, 2007 at 1:31 pm (13 years ago)

    wow, thanks for posting this. i love bun on the run! ang favorite ko is yung porkloin. you should try it toni. they use to have a stall at glorietta 4 near the cinemas & also sa alabang town center, and everytime i watch movies, dalawang porkloin sandwiches ang nauubos ko. i was so sad nung bigla silang nag-disappear. movies without my fave bun on the run meal is not as enjoying. i remember i researched pa nga sa internet kung anong nangyari sa bun on the run, but could not find any article relating to why they closed down their stores. im so happy they’re back. sana mag-open din sila ng store sa makati. that will definitely be on top of my list when i go home sa pinas. i’ll indulge in my fave porkloin burger!!!! woohooo!!! =)

  22. chelle
    May 7, 2007 at 11:23 pm (13 years ago)

    Bun on the run brings with it a lot of memories of high school Friday afternoons traveling from St.Joseph’s in Las Pinas all the way to Alabang Town Center (hindi malapit yon) with friends, pero we make the trip for the pizza and the burgers. Sana katulad pa rin ng dati ang lasa. Thanks for posting this. = )

  23. Candy
    August 2, 2007 at 3:58 pm (12 years ago)

    I loooove Bun on the Run!!! I wasn’t actually aware that they had a stall at Metrowalk. The one I saw was at TriNoma and I couldn’t let the chance pass up without having a taste of their classic burgers! My friends and I ordered their Chori Burger and we all agreed it was delicious. I didn’t think of it as salty probably coz if I remember correctly, that’s really how their Chori Burger tasted even before.

  24. jeff
    November 13, 2007 at 8:53 am (12 years ago)

    choriburgera are easy to do at home.. just buy your fave kind of longganiza.. i like the hamonado type. the skin less type.. flatten it. pan fry it.. top it with lettuce and mayo.. on a hamburger bun and while doing this u can top it with ur choice of cheese, egg, etc…:)

    Thanks for this recipe tip! 😉

  25. Sweetie
    December 17, 2007 at 5:34 am (12 years ago)

    A friend from Manila told me that Bun on the Run is back…that is why i googled it…and that is why i found your blog…Bun on the, brings back a lot of memories. I spent my 4 years in college ( i studied in Makati) with Bun on the Run. I sooo love their cookies/bars! Did they bring them back as well? I will most definitely visit Bun on the Run when i come back!

  26. wenggaye
    January 23, 2008 at 4:21 pm (12 years ago)

    i also loved bun on the run pork loin…there’s a new stall operating on a soft opening here in ayala ave inside the old PBCom building…expensive na sya…P75 each..and when i wanted to but, wala na daw silang bread…tsk tsk…never got to try if it really is worth the higher price tag now

    btw, long time lurker, first time to post..nice blog

  27. carms
    January 28, 2008 at 9:11 pm (12 years ago)

    i tasted the bun on the run in BF and it was good! i thought it would be salty pero nope!!! i enjoyed it pretty much!!!:) hope they start serving the choriquezo pizza because i’ve been craving for it since they left more than ten years ago!:)

  28. len
    October 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm (10 years ago)

    hi! first of all i would like to introduce myself. I’m len. I was an avid fan of botr why? coz i worked there during my college days hehehehe! mostly 3/4 of my college days was a part of botr and i thanked that ! of course i love the sandwiches. The best for me is SPICY SAUSAGE WITH ALL THE TOPPINGS :) then the SMOKED PORKLOIN and of course The Choriburger. I love also their pizzas coz its thin but super crunchy and super delicious! I love also the chocolate chip cookie, chocolate walnut cookie and the banana bar hahahaha! i miss bun on the run before! I was there from may 16, 1991 until feb. 1995. I left them late of feb. 1995 coz for a reoson… magulo ang sistema kaya cguro nawala na sila. Walang swerte sa tao coz mga kurakot hehehehe! i was hired in Thank God its’ Fridays and it was newly opened that time! i’ve been to Katipunan where it was my training ground then forwarded to Greenbelt Junction … the lower branch of Greenbelt Cinema. That time botr was only a kiosk or rather good for take out. We only have katipunan branch that time for dine in. But because of the success of the BOTR, they began adding foods like rice toppings, remember? The Belgian waffles with smoked porkloin topped with cream cheese OMG i super duper love it! The death by chocolate! as my favorite dessert! It’s a huge portion of brownies 9 the one that you love) with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream then topped with chocolate syrup oh my!!!!!!!!!! I miss the gelatos also. They have pistachio ice cream, rhum and raisins etc… i miss them all and i miss the old greenbelt where parking is not a problem hahahaha! I was always startrucked by famous personalities coz they were a fan of BOTR. i remember Mr. jaime Zobel de Ayala who wears shorts and tshirt at tsinelas pumipila sa min. Syang talaga kaya when i discovered botr for its comeback last 2007 in metrowalk? grabe nangilabot ako kasi super miss ko na talaga ang mga sandwiches nila hahaha! I thank BOTR coz they helped me out reaching my dreams. im now 35 and still always proud saying to the service crew of botr that i worked there, 18 yrs. ago haaaaaay tagal na pala :). The bosses nga pala of botr that time were Sir carlito, frederico and minnie. mag kakapatid silang lahat at lahat mababait! :) sayang nga talaga . By the way can you please visit my site for plus size women! Cheers!
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  29. carmela
    December 12, 2009 at 5:29 pm (10 years ago)

    to len: do you know the recipe behind the pork loin burger and the chori burger? I been trying to look for it online but no luck! I love them but I am to far to buy one =)

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