In the Philippines, who doesn't recognise Jollibee, the friendly-looking bee wearing a red blazer and a chef's hat? The profitable fast-food restaurant chain which shares the same name with its mascot serves not only the usual burgers and fried chickens, but also dishes to suit local tastes.
Chickenjoy Set PHP 129.00 (~S$3.90)
The set includes two fried chicken pieces, sauce, rice and a drink (I chose Sarsi). Just like in a large number of fast-food restaurant in Indonesia, Jollibee serves rice since it's a staple food in the Philippines. The chicken was tender, but I wouldn't say they were very flavourful. The crispiness of the skin was delicate. Hmm, the sauce was perhaps made of mushrooms, but it was very thin. Pika's advice: Like them spicy? Request for the spicy fried chickens!
Palabok Fiesta Set PHP 77.00 (~S$2.30)
The set includes pancit palabok (a Filipino dish of rice vermicelli) and a drink (my friend chose Coke Zero). Served with shrimp sauce, shrimps, sautéed pork, flakes of smoked fish, egg slices and calamansi, the rice vermicelli was pretty tasty, but lacking in springiness.
Peach Mango Pie PHP 24.00 (~S$0.70)
Encased in a delectably crispy crust, the filling of peach and mango slices in thick sauce was thick, warm and not cloyingly sweet.
The branch where I had my quick lunch is kinda small in size, and it was pretty crowded that afternoon. Anyway, it's located near Best Western Hotel La Corona.
M.H. Del Pilar Street
G/F Leomont Building
(Opening hours unknown - Anyone knows?)
*Prices quoted are nett prices.
Have a nice meal,Cliff(y)