Name at least one Filipino whose childhood wasn’t filled with Jollibee in some way. Whether it was the food, the birthday parties with dancing mascots or the catchy songs, the fast food restaurant has been a staple in our young—and even adult—lives.
Until now, there are certain Jollibee dishes that still bring us back to a time when our parents would buy us meals every Sunday. Or those times we would dance with Jollibee the mascot. Kind of embarrassing now. We looked deep into our childhood memories and listed the dishes that defined our childhood in some way.
Do you still remember the “Isa pa, isa pang Chickenjoy commercial”? Admit it, it was stuck in your head and it made you crave fried chicken every time. We don’t blame you because when we think of Chickenjoy, we think of the crispy chicken skin dipped in gravy. Hmmm.
When you think of sweet Filipino spaghetti, Jolly Spaghetti instantly comes to mind. Sure, it’s not how traditional pasta should taste, but this brings back so many childhood memories.
Aside from spaghetti, lumpiang shanghai is one of those dishes that you’ll find at Filipino birthday parties. When Jollibee came out with their own, we loved eating the bite-sized rolls and dipping it in the sweet and sour sauce. It was a welcome change to the usual Chickenjoy.
This is still a crowd favorite until now. But when we were younger, YUM was usually eaten as an afternoon snack after playing outside for a couple of hours.
Peach Mango Pie
If you think we’re over Jollibee’s Peach Mango Pie, you’re sorely mistaken. Nothing has changed since we first tried it as kids—from the crispy shell and sweet filling to the struggle of eating it because the filling was too hot.