Why Everyone Loves Jollibee Fast Food – Sweet Spaghetti to Fried Chicken with Gravy
Jollibee fast food will always be loved for its cheerful, homey ambiance, from its sweet spaghetti to fried chicken. Some say better than the colonel’s KFC.
Described as a “happy pill,” Jollibee never fails to bring Filipino lives joy since childhood.
This is one of the reasons why Jollibee will always be a staple of Filipinos lives.
Childhood favorites die hard!
Jollibee, known as “the McDonald’s of the Philippines,” has over 750 restaurant outlets and capturing the dominant market share; Jollibee fast food is everyone’s favorite in the Philippines.
In the Philippines, the fast-food chain is an absolute sensation, easily beating KFC, McDonald’s, and Burger King in popularity and local market share.
When was Jollibee founded?
Jollibee is a Filipino-speciality fast-food restaurant founded in the Philippines in 1975 and made its way stateside in 1998.
The growing chain now has over 30 U.S. locations and isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
This is the first pit stop that lights up in the dark when I landed in Taguig, a highly urbanized city in Metro Manila, Philippines.
My first impression of fast-food restaurants in the Philippines was a bit of a surprise.
An armed security guard stands at the entrance opening the door and ushering in just a few at a time.
Later on, I found out that this is very standard practice.
Jollibee Fast Food is Nostalgic
Many Filipinos say that Jollibee played a massive part in their childhood.
Much of the nostalgia is the much-awaited Sunday family meals where the entire family will go to Jollibee.
A lot of the nostalgia is also from favorites collectible toys that come with a Jollibee Kiddie meal.
My First Jollibee Fast Food Experience
My first Jollibee fast food experience was queuing up for a meal on Sunday.
The fast-food restaurant is a random barkada meet ups and family celebrations – especially kiddie birthday parties.
As a visitor looking in, Jollibee has indeed become a part of Filipino tradition.
Everyone looks so comfortable here, and believe me, and it feels like home as I see groups of families gathering, eating, and happily catching up with each other.
You see other families chatting about and celebrating every little success, from a high mark on a test to a promotion.
My friend Daisy tells me that Jollibee freshly brewed coffee; Beef Tapa, Longganisa, Hotdog, and Eggs are the best energy starters.
Jollibee Fast Food is Unique
Whether it’s fried chicken, pasta, burger, or pies, Jollibee’s presentation is different and true to the Filipino taste, making it unique.
The red sauce on the pasta is sweet. It is made from banana ketchup (a Filipino staple).
The red pasta sauce has ground meat, hot dog slices, and cheese, which adds a tangy flavor.
Fried chicken is traditionally not a Filipino food thing, but somehow, Chickenjoy is a Must Try.
Some, including me, say that Chickenjoy is even better than Kentucky Fried Chicken.
The chicken comes out piping hot. It is perfectly battered.
You know, the type with a crunchy exterior and juicy interior.
It was not overcooked or deep to bone dry like other fried chicken.
This is real chicken that tastes like buttermilk fried chicken.
The enzymes present in buttermilk helps in breaking down the protein in the chicken.
The result is tender, flavorful fried chicken.
Eat that with a delicious gravy, and you know why it’s called ChickenJoy.
Jollibee Tuna Pie
Many Jollibee lovers crave this. Early this year, this Creamy Tuna Pie had its much-awaited comeback!
Salted Caramel Choco Sundae
Jollibee’s take on the pricey artisan dessert is by making it affordable for all to enjoy for only 29 pesos.
You can indulge in Jollibee’s signature creamy vanilla ice cream smothered in decadent salted caramel and drizzled with luscious chocolate syrup.
The “Pancit Palabok” is a Filipino noodle dish that comes with an array of toppings tossed together in a shrimp sauce.
- Ground meat
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Green onions
Breakfast Joy Corned Beef
A delicious combination of garlic rice, fried egg, and corned beef.
Peach and Filipino Mango Pie
Jollibee makes the ultimate fast food pie. The pie shell is flaky and buttery.
The pie filling was a wonderful, gooey mix of mango and peaches.
The Spicy Tuna Pie
This has the same ol’ crust as the classic Tuna Pie with a mildly spicy creamy tuna filling.
I had this for my supper.
I would take either pie over McDonald’s classic apple any day of the week.
Jollibee fast food’s take on the Halo-Halo, a classic staple Filipino dessert, was delicious.
This dessert has
- Ube ice cream
- Shaved ice
- A mix of mung, garbanzo, and white beans
- A flan
I love the happy Jollibee’s mascot that makes me smiles. It reflects the positive vibes and life’s simple joys and reflects the sunny disposition of smiling Filipinos.
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Jollibee, HARBOR SQUARE, MANILA
Harbour Square Pedro Bukaneg St., CCP Complex, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines