It seems like the “Boycott Jollibee” page has brought the fastfood group more hype and success than ever. Initially accused of discrimination in hiring and preference for Filipino staff, Jollibee Singapore turned around to say there are hiring 61 Singapore nationals and PR out of their 83 workers. (Read: Calls to Boycott Jollibee Singapore Ridiculous & Uncalled For)
Naysayers have obviously never heard of them or tried their fried chicken. Which by the way, is very very yummy.
After all, Jollibee is the largest fast food chain in the Philippines, with a network of 780 stores, and 92 other branches overseas. A Filipino friend said that this is the food that accompanies them as they grow up, and Jollibee always remind me of family and friends. (I wonder if there is an equivalent in Singapore.)
Customers have been said to queue for at least an hour and a half till they lay their hands on the chicken. When I went on a quiet weekday afternoon at 4pm, I saw no crowd outside the 6th storey shop at Lucky Plaza and thought to myself, “Heng, the line is not too long.” Only to realize the vacant shop next door is used to contain the queue!
With a capacity of 300, finding a seat is not much of a problem as most customers ta-bao (takeaway) chicken by the buckets.
The moment of truth. Jollibee’s 2-piece Chickenjoy value meal ($6.60, $16 for 6 piece bucket) comes served with rice and a drink (Pepsi, no Coke) and is indeed like what it claims to be – crispylicious and juicylicious.
Its deep fried golden outer layer goes crisp-crunch, especially addictive when you dip it in a specially-made gravy and pop the entire thing in your mouth. (This gravy kind of reminds me of the mashed potato sauce of its competitor though.) The inner meat remains very succulently juicy, yet not in an oily way.
Their Double Yumburger with TLC value meal ($6.00), made with 100% pure beef patty and served with mayo and creamy cheese, is another front runner. While I am not that huge a fan of its bun, the patty is not overly dry and has a slight meaty tenderness which I enjoy.
It is said that their sweet style spaghetti ($3.00) has changed its flavours to accustom to local palates. Taste-wise still feels too ‘kiddy’ for me. I would much prefer a more savoury touch, but it’s personal preference.
Hopefully the queue will die down in a while though it doesn’t look like anytime soon. A second branch is already in the works. Jollibee’s Chickenjoy is highly satisfying, hands down one of the best fried chicken in Singapore. I am already salivating just thinking about it.
6th Floor Lucky Plaza, Orchard Road, Singapore 238863 (Orchard MRT), Tel: +65 6735 5119
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 9:00pm Daily