Fast Food – Filipino Style
Fast food is ubiquitous with familiar chains like McDonalds, Burger King, Jack-in-the-Box, and to a certain extend even Starbucks. However, a number of international chains have arrived in San Jose, serving up fast food favorites from overseas. To the Filipino community, there is only one chain synonymous with unique Filipino fast food. That restaurant is Jollibee.
Having eaten at Jollibee in both the Philippines and in the United States — the American version is true to the original. While far from Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods, certain foods might provide a little bit of a surprise.
A Filipino favorite is Jollibee Spaghetti. What makes it different? It’s kind of like Spaghetti-O’s with slices of hot dog and carrots. Pancit palabok is a tasty noodle concoction with a sauce that’s typically made of shrimp heads with crushed pork rinds, fried pork, shrimp, green onions with a hard boiled egg (pictured above). Another unique offering is their Chickenjoy meal – fried chicken served with brown gravy and white rice (I put the gravy on the rice). My personal favorite is the Filipino equivalent of salisbury steak served on white rice. I didn’t say it was healthy for you. Like Saab cars, people fall into two camps — people love it or they hate it….
If you’re in East San Jose, are hungry and looking for a change from the ordinary, Jollibee might be worth a trip.