Filipino beloved fast-food chain Jollibee has arrived in Edmonton.
Can you believe there were about 8,000 customers served on the opening day AND someone actually camped out for three days? This record breaking news will make Jollibee history!
With this huge success, Jollibee hopes to open up another location in Calgary by September and doesn’t plan to stop there.
Now, why do people love this chain?
It feels like home.
Most Filipinos who grew up in the Philippines would know this as it’s what they grew up eating. Jollibee was the holy-grail of all things fast foods.
So what does this chain sell that makes it so special?
Let’s start with the basics: the signature Jolly Crispy Chicken. Jollibee prides itself in this fried chicken. What’s not to like? It’s everything you’d ask for in a fried chicken. Crispy, juicy, and nicely seasoned, however, I personally wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between them and a generic brand.
Jollibee takes on a Filipino-style spaghetti with a saucy tomato sauce mixed with bits of ham, and chopped up hotdogs. This pasta seems to be very popular and well loved by everyone.
This was actually my favourite item there. The palabok is a great introduction to the Filipino cuisine. Vermicelli-like noodles topped with shrimp, pork rinds (chicharron), shallots, and slices of hard-boiled egg. Drizzled with a touch of fish sauce. You can taste the profiles of sweet, salty, sour, and savoury. This is definitely more of an Asian dish, if you know what I mean.
Though a little milder than preferred, the flavours are well balanced and deliciously different than what you could find in any fast-food chain.
If you like McDonald’s deep-fried pies, you have to try this one. Although extremely sweet, the crispiness is next level. The peach mango filling oozes out with each bite. Make sure to eat it warm and bring a few napkins with you.
Jollibee’s hype will settle down within a month or so. For non-Filipinos, I know many would question its food and hype but please don’t knock it until you try it. The menu isn’t fully expanded yet so hopefully we’d be able to see more items popping up here and there! I hope to see halo-halo, ube pies, cheesy fries, adobo rice, and pandan drinks to name a few.
Congrats Jollibee for the huge success in Edmonton!
Disclaimer: this is a paid sponsored post by Jollibee. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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