Saturday, April 20, 2013

Trying Out Jollibee From the Philippines

Clockwise from bottom: Chickenjoy, Burger Steak, and Spaghetti

Jollibee's first outlet in Singapore (304 Orchard Road #06-48A, 6735-5117) has been in the news a bit lately. And since we were in the neighborhood this morning, we figured that maybe this would be a good chance to head over to Lucky Plaza (i.e., hopefully not too long of a line on a Saturday morning at 11 AM) and see what all of the fuss was about. It turned out to be a 20 minute wait.

I wasn't sure what to expect. All I knew was that it was a fried chicken place from the Philippines. Would they serve it with vinegar or something? They didn't, and that batter was limp and boring. But there was one important thing that gave it a huge leg up over KFC: one could actually taste the chicken! (Geez - what a novel idea!)

This was, of course, Asian fried chicken rather than American. So that meant no coleslaw, but rather a little packet of steamed white rice; a bit like a ketupat or even onigiri. And apparently one was supposed to pour that peppery gravy over it. Well, it was all interesting to try (that "Burger Steak" on the side reminded me of something from IKEA), but I won't wait 20 minutes for that again.

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