If you’re a fan of telenovelas from the Philippines, you must have heard about Jollibee. But if you aren’t, let me introduce to you the biggest fast-food franchise in the Philippines.
Tony Tan Caktiong founded this restaurant in 1978 after the demand for his hot food increased. Starting his business three years prior, selling Magnolia ice cream, it rapidly turns into something more. When ice cream is not enough for Filipinos, they start to crave food and drinks. Caktiong fulfilled this request by creating menus of his own.
Eventually, foods and drinks become more in demand than ice cream. Caktiong and his family decided to focus on developing their hot food menus instead. Finally, in 1978, he convert the ice cream parlour into a full-time restaurant and named it Jollibee.
The next year, the first franchised Jollibee was opened in Santa Cruz, Manila. Following that success, the brand keeps expanding its market not just locally but to the whole world. Its first global franchise was opened in Taiwan in 1979. Jollibee Malaysia’s first franchise was opened in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah back in 2018.
It stirs a new sensation among our citizens when they decided to open a new branch of Jollibee in Malaysia this year. It was at Sunway Pyramid, Selangor where hundreds of people lined up on its launch day. Personally, it is worth the hype! Jollibee Menu varies from crispy fried chicken to mouth-watering spaghetti and heavenly soft ice cream. Let’s take a quick look at their scrumptious menu.
- Chicken Snacks
- Chicken Wraps
- Jolly Sausage
- Jolly Spaghetti
- Beef Burgers
- Burger Steaks
- Sides and Dessert
Looking at this Jollibee Menu, don’t you feel like getting and ordering it now?
Chickenjoy can be considered the main signature dish on the overall Jollibee Menu. Fried in a special and secret recipe batter, the chicken is golden with colour and crunchy on the first bite. The flesh is juicy and you can taste some spice biting into it. Delicious!
When ordering, customers can choose to have the chicken with the sides or without. Sides vary from rice, coleslaw, mashed potatoes and a bun. If you decided this should be a full meal, you also can try out their meal option: rice or spaghetti meal that includes medium-sized soft drinks.
Having a party? Worry not, the Chickenjoy bucket meal can help you with that. Jollibee offers you 5pcs, 9pcs even 12pcs of chicken in their bucket meal. Similar to regular Chickenjoy, the bucket meal also comes with an ala carte and meal option.
This particular meal is the one responsible for making Jollibee Menu different from other fast food franchises. The sauce tastes sweet rather than spiced like the Malaysian version or sour like the original Italian version. Unique taste always makes food interesting. Rather than using a pre-made tinned sauce, Jollibee’s spaghetti sauce is made from scratch in the restaurant before they open for the day.
Differing from Chickenjoy, Jolly Spaghetti’s meal comes with an option for you to enjoy with their Cheesy Yumburger and a soft drink or only with your desired soft drink. Think about the unique combination of spaghetti and hamburger, doesn’t that pique your curiosity? This is a sign for you to order Jollibee and enjoy every bite of it.
Jolly Spaghetti is also a meal that you must try when you visit or order Jollibee because this is the most suggested meal by Filipinos. There is no other fast food restaurant that serves spaghetti anyway, so here is your chance to try one.
Here is another signature meal that makes Jollibee special from other fast food restaurants. Their Burger Steaks are made from the best and high-quality beef. They serve only the best for their customer.
The steaks are served with a mushroom sauce rather than a BBQ sauce. See? Difference! This is what we looking for!
Jollibee’s Burger Steaks is soft and juicy in every bite. You will keep going for more! The sauce tastes distinctive from the regular mushroom sauce with their special recipe and real mushroom inside the sauce. Their Burger Steaks are the best served and eaten when it is still hot!
Like other fast food restaurants, Jollibee Menu also includes ice cream for their customer. Well, as once an ice cream parlour, it is weird if they don’t serve ice cream anymore right?
People’s favourite is their Vanilla Twirl. Vanilla-flavoured soft ice cream can make all your stress go away. They also offer Chocolate and Strawberry Sundaes for you to enjoy with their vanilla ice cream.
Jollibee Online Order
To this day, Jollibee Malaysia only has 5 branches that are open for everyone to enjoy their food. Here are the locations of Jollibee in Malaysia:
- Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
- Sunway Pyramid, Subang Jaya, Selangor
- Pavilion, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur
- Sunway Velocity Mall, KL
- IOI Putrajaya, KL.
With a limited restaurant available for you, you can opt for Jollibee Online Delivery if you join the hype!
How to order Jollibee online? Simply open your GrabFood or FoodPanda application and search for Jollibee. After scrolling through their menus, check out your order, make a payment and then wait for it to be delivered to you.
Not going to spread false information, this application also varies from where your delivery address is set. If your place is far from the restaurant, the application might not catch up and failed to make a delivery for you.
The best option is to go to the restaurant and enjoy the food there!
Globally people saw Jollibee as a cheaper version of Mcdonald’s. However, that is not the case. Tony Caktiong is considered a hero among the Philippine citizen because he allows the chance for them to enjoy fast food. When fast food from America came into the country, most people couldn’t afford the meal. They also find it hard to eat because of the big gap in their taste buds.
Additionally, Jollibee provides fast food that comes from Philippine exquisite recipe that matches everyone’s taste. It helps Filipinos to enjoy food whenever and wherever they can. Today, Jollibee has over 5,800 stores worldwide and is operating in 33 countries all over the globe. Impressive indeed!
Do not hesitate and try on your own the Jollibee meal nearest to you!
What to Order from Jollibee Menu?
My personal favourite is their Jolly Spaghetti. In Malaysia, it is rare for us to cook sweet sauce spaghetti and might think it’s quite weird. Jolly Spaghetti will surprise you. The sweetness feels right and tops up with the presence of melted cheese on the top. The spaghetti noodles are not mushy and were boiled just well enough for you to enjoy. The sauce also includes what I thought was minced beef but it was actually their minced hotdog. For a sweet tooth like mine, Jolly Spaghetti would never be wrong for your taste bud.
Another favourite is Chickenjoy. The chicken is served while it is still hot making it more crispy and juicy. It is well seasoned with their special secret recipe that makes even their chicken skin tastes scrumptious! The chicken size is also bigger than the average fast-food chicken which makes your money worth it. You can choose to have plain chicken or spicy chicken. Plain chicken has a bit salty taste if you cannot handle the spice. Head to the nearest Jollibee store to try it out!
If you would like to read other menu article, you can refer here.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Jollibee is the largest fast-food chain in the Philippines that brings comfort to Filipinos. It is dominating the local market in the Philippines which no other fast-food brand can compete with. It tried to take over the globe with its international franchise but some of us are used to Mcdonald’s or KFC. However, these days we could say they are slowly creeping into our choice of the day.
Yes! Jollibee is the number one fast-food restaurant in the Philippines! Their yearly sales exceed Mcdonald’s and were people’s favourite since it was launched. Providing cheaper prices for fast food, they are indeed the people’s choice! Join the bandwagon and go to the nearest branch to you. You will not regret any penny!
Filipinos value family more than anything else and Jollibee promoted their brand through ads that treasure their family. Most Jollibee ads will show a gathering of a big family at the dinner table, sharing their Chcikenjoy bucket and looking happy while chatting with each other. The brand embodies perfectly Filipino culture and identity.
You may get the mouth-watering Jollibee at the outlet near you. Currently, in Malaysia, there are five operating Jollibee restaurants. One in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. For West Malaysia, Jollibee is available at Sunway Pyramid, Sunway Velocity, Pavilion Bukit Jalil and IOI City Mall Putrajaya. Jollibee Group is planning to open 100 more outlets all over Malaysia in 10 years.
Jollibee’s price range is considered normal among fast-food restaurants. Not too cheap or not too pricey. You can enjoy a single meal of Chickenjoy at RM13.80 and a set of Jolly Spaghetti at RM12.50. For a fast food restaurant, this price is considered on the competitive side compared to others. But, we are sure that every price is worth it!
It was first called Jolibe, but with advice from a marketing consultant, Manuel Lumba, the restaurant change its brand to Jollibee. The word comes from jolly and bee. Hoping that they can bring jolly or happiness to their customer with their food. Bee is their official mascot and logo since 1978, taking inspiration from Mickey Mouse and Ronald Mcdonald. The mascot represents Filipino who are always kind-hearted and happy even though they are busy.
Jollibee opening hours differ according to the outlets’ location. Most of Jollibee’s restaurants are located inside a shopping mall. So, their opening hours will follow the mall’s opening hour. Generally, they would open from 10 am until 10 pm. You may check each outlet’s opening hours here! Worry not, there aren’t days that Jollibee will close so you may enjoy it all week!
Yes! Starting from July 2022. Jollibee has partnered up with FoodPanda and GrabFood to deliver their scrumptious food to your doorstep. Simply go to your chosen application and search for Jollibee. Bear in your mind that the food couldn’t be delivered if your location is more than 12km away from the restaurant.
Yes! Currently, the Jollibee located in Sabah has its own Halal certification. The other branches are still patiently waiting for its certification. Fret not, all ingredients are used from Halal sources and no pork is served at Jollibee. You can enjoy all foods and drinks in Jollibee with ease of mind.
Quality of customer service. There is a huge number of workers in their restaurants that can keep up with the long queue. They divided the workload equally so they could serve their customers fast and on time. You will never need to wait long when you are at Jolibee. Upon your ordering, the worker will quickly prepare your meal and serve it while it still warm and make it taste more delicious.
Yes! Jollibee Group is currently actively hiring workers for their restaurant. As they are still new and spreading out, they will need as much as a worker they could get. They are searching for serving crew for full-time or part-time working hours. Email your CV to [email protected] if you are interested.
Traditional Filipino family. With all the ads and promotion materials, Jollibee makes sure to highlight the importance of family within their brand too. The objective of Chickenjoy Family Bucket is also to help families enjoy their scrumptious fried chicken together. Globally, they are targeting all the foreign markets to promote the Philippines’ tradition of family values.
People’s favourite is ChickenJoy and Jolly Spaghetti. Who doesn’t love fried chicken? The fried chicken is big in size and could be served with extra side dishes making it a full meal for the customer. Jolly Spaghetti has an exquisite Philippines taste that makes people wonder. So far, Malaysians love their Jolly Spaghetti!
Jollibee is unique on its own. Each of their menus is delicately made for the best result. Their chicken is fried with secret recipe marinade and served with gravy side instead of regular chilli sauce. Their sweet sauce spaghetti also intrigues our taste buds in different dimensions. They are just very ethereal!
Yes! Jollibee doesn’t just serve a full meal to their customers. Their dessert consists of various flavours of soft-serve ice cream and hot pie. While you are full of chicken or spaghetti, you always will have space for dessert. Don’t forget to order their heavenly dessert after your meal.