Imagine your favourite comfort food that your mom would make for you on your birthday, or when you were home sick from school, or when you celebrated a major milestone. This is the equivalent of what the popular fast-food chain, Jollibee, means to the Filipino culture.
Never heard of Jollibee? This chain started in 1975 as a simple ice cream parlour in the Philippines. Fast-forward to today and they have managed to not only revolutionize fast food in the Philippines but also share their jolly eats around the world!
And now, Calgarians can join the fold. The city’s first-ever Jollibee is now officially open in NE Calgary, serving up their popular standbys like crispy fried chicken and mouthwatering pasta while spreading the joy of eating throughout the city.
The company’s food embraces well-known flavours you’d expect at any major Filipino celebration, and the modern menu gives a nod to the heritage and culture behind these culinary mainstays. Since opening over 40 years ago, they’ve also introduced their own “sweet’ spin on many popular items, cooking things up the Jollibee way!
On September 20, the Calgary store was flooded with hungry customers eager to try Jollibee’s signature items for the first time — or for others, to indulge in the tastes and flavours they grew up with.
Here are some must-try items you’ll find on the menu!
Jolly Crispy Chicken
When you bite into a piece of Jolly Crispy Chicken, you know right away it’s from Jollibee.
They’ve reinvented fried chicken by seasoning its crispy coating with a signature Filipino spice blend, while ensuring the meat maintains its flavour and juiciness on the inside. Dip it in their famous gravy and your bucket will be gone before you know it. A Jollibee classic!
It’s simply not a Filipino birthday without sweet spaghetti with lots of cheese, ground meat, and sliced hot dogs. Jollibee has taken this classic and made it their own with their sweet-style sauce and long chewy noodles. They say the longer the noodles, the longer life you will have — hence the birthday tradition!
Another Filipino birthday classic (take notice of the noodles). This dish is made up of rice noodles as the base, mixed with shrimp sauce and topped with shrimp, Chicharrón (fried pork cracklings), and egg slices. Spritz with fresh lemon and enjoy!
Peach Mango Pie
Now, this is strictly a Jollibee original! The Philippians is known for their firm, juicy mangos, so Jollibee makes their famous pie pockets by importing their mangos straight from the source. You can expect this dissert to melt in your mouth in a flaky, crunchy, and chewy bite all at once!
Lastly, wash it all down with their sweet and delicious Pineapple Quencher, a nod to their island heritage!
Address: Pacific Place – 999 36 Street NE# 10150, Calgary