jollibee hamburger
Originally uploaded by illewminator.
More popular in the Philippines than McDonald's and "Home to the Pinoy Heart Anywhere in the World," Jollibee is quick & cheap Filipino comfort food that can be conveniently found in the food court of the Eagle Rock mall (on Colorado, just east of the 2 fwy -- and, as a sidenote, soon to be The Filipino Mall, anchored by Target and Robinson's May on each ends and also containing a Magic Microphone karaoke kiosk and a Seafood City supermarket coming soon). Several other locations can also be found, always in da Filipino 'hoods, of course.

But onto the grub... as pictured above, my friend Calvin ordered the hamburger steak plate (complete with white rice, mushrooms, and brown gravy) and some noodle entree, called something like palotok(???). I got the 2-piece fried chicken meal pictured below (also comes w/ white rice and gravy). We also got the ube (purple yam) boba slushees (only $1 add-on w/ the combo meal!) and I got a peach mango pie for dessert.

jollibee chicken

I was not much of a fan of the padunkadunk-thing -- it was those thin, white vermicelli noodles topped w/ ground chicken and shrimp and coated w/ some sort of fish sauce. Calvin ate it in about 3 sec. flat, before moving on to the hamburger steak. Although the gravy was salty, I must admit it was pretty tasty atop the plain burgers and rice (throw in a fried egg and you got a hawaiian-style loco moco!). My friend chicken was pretty good, too... better than KFC. The ube slushees were nice and frosty with decent boba at the bottom.

jollibee pie

But the real standout item, IMHO, was the peach mango pie (there's also a banana pie that I'll have to try another time). Remember how, back in the day, before they probably got sued from some stupid white woman, McD's would deep-fry their apple pie so that the filling inside was so hot it would burn the roof of your mouth when you took that first bite?? Well, Jollibee took a page out of that manual because their pie is deep-fried just like the McD's pie used to be and is even packaged in that same ovoid cardboard box w/ the flip out tabs on the ends. Since I have eaten many a McD's hot apple pie in my day, I knew not to bite too heartily into this pie -- and it was a good thing, too, as the delicious peach-mango filling was piping hot and oh-so-delicious!!! You could taste both the mango and the peach -- two great flavors that taste great together. I would go back again and again, just for that pie...


Blogger DYY said...

There's an actually Jollibee Restaurant on either Wilshire, 6th or 3rd near MacArthur Park and it is ALWAYS packed. The drive-thru traffic leaks into the street. Must be some puckin' good...

6/09/2006 3:25 PM  
Blogger J said...

ohmigawd. that's near where i work! i must do a reconnaissance mission.

6/09/2006 7:14 PM  
Blogger VdV said...

On an internationl Jollibee makes more money per franchise location than McDonalds (though it's more "slow" than "fast" food.) Check out the Jollibee on my VirtualTourist page:


6/10/2006 1:28 AM  
Blogger VdV said...

p.s. It's "palabok"--a type of pancit (has a seafood sauce on top of the noodles)--that Calvin really is a true Filipino.

6/10/2006 1:30 AM  
Blogger NuttinButGlutton said...

sorry Vera, from now on it will only be called padunkadunkdunk. Just like Samanluang will be known as Sam-a-lam-a-ding-dong.

6/12/2006 9:23 AM  
Blogger illewminator said...

and badabing-badaboom to you (which means "thank you very much" in my own special version of flip-speak).

6/12/2006 1:25 PM  
Blogger J said...

vera...don't take their sh*t. you go ahead with your authentic pronunciation...(gena is talking smack behind me as I type...totally uncalled for...as she takes one last swig of her sierra nevada beer)

6/12/2006 8:41 PM  
Blogger DYY said...

Correction: The Jollibee is at Vermont and Beverly. I was kinda off, sorry.

6/15/2006 11:24 PM  

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