Our trip back home would not be complete without a visit at Jollibee. I know we have branches here in the USA, but still it does not taste like home specially for the Chickenjoy! To those who are not familiar with Jollibee, it is I would say the most popular fast food chain in the Philippines. Some call it the McDonalds of the Philippines. It is an American-style fast food restaurant with Filipino influenced dishes that serve burgers, fried chicken, spaghetti and other dishes which cater to Filipino tastebuds. It has branches on Asia, Middle East and USA. Every child in the Philippines knew who and what Jollibee is all about. There really is nothing super spectacular about the taste but it is more of the nostalgia it brings back to every Pinoy why we keep missing Jollibee. It is just something we all grew up with.
Crispy fried chicken is called Chickenjoy in Jollibee. It is serve with rice and gravy. Hmmm the gravy, yes that fried chicken is serve with gravy! And for every Pinoy who eats at Jollibee, one serving of gravy is just not enough…you can always ask for more since it is refillable. You can dip your Chickenjoy with the gravy or drizzle and drench it all over the chicken…even on your rice! I know, most of us are guilty doing this as if treating the gravy as soup. Aha, everyone’s guilty pleasure. You can also pair the Chickenjoy with Jollibee Spaghetti. The spaghetti is adapted to Filipino taste, hence it is sweeter unlike the tomato based Italian spaghetti. They also serve Palabok Fiesta! It is a rice noodle dish with palabok sauce, topped with pork, crispy pork rinds, shrimp and sliced boiled egg. I love calamansi juice on it.
Of course we are not going to miss going to Jollibee if not for their breakfast meals. They do serve Breakfast Joys with Corned Beef, Beef Tapa, Burger Steak and Hotdog. Pardon because this is the only photo I have. Often times, the kids are so hungry already they couldn’t wait and there is no way you can stop them from eating their respective meals.
Over the years, the menu has changed. They used to serve Beef Stew and Fiesta Adobo back in the 90s. And I feel like the Jollibee Hotdog was not the same Hotdog they used to serve back then. Amazing Aloha Burgers and Champs are still good tasting for me. But I miss Jr. Champ, they don’t make them anymore. They are still very affordable. The service crews are courteous and always there to serve you with a smile.
My son saw me writing this post and he immediately said that I was making him hungry. Jollibee really caters to young kids taste. So it does makes sense why we as grown-ups still love to visit Jollibee given the chance. I think I know what I will be making for dinner tonight…Jollibee Style Spaghetti!