Who Can Resist the Siren Song of the Juicy Yumburger?

jolli1.jpgOr the sweet, sweet sounds of Crispy Chickenjoy? Not me, which is why I finally got me some god damned Jollibee!

I first noticed them in the mall in Eagle Rock. Me and my SO were fascinated and tried to hit them up for lunch but were dismayed to discover that they didn’t serve any vegetarian friendly fare. The no-meat-eating girlfriend put the kibosh on the plan and my curiosity went unsated. When they built the location on Beverly off of Vermont, my already burning desire was stoked into a raging, fiery need for the Bee, and it was finally going to be satisfied by a group trip following Midnight Ridazz. But no! Jollibee closed it’s doors before we could descend in a ravenous group and eat them out of business.

More pictures and the full report after the jump…

jolli2.jpgFinally, after the months of planning and waiting I found myself on a Saturday cruising down Beverly with the girlfriend occupied in Covina and no lunch plans. Divine providence had dropped a perfect Jollibee opportunity in my lap and I wasn’t going to let it go to waste. My initial plan was to order a sampler of different weird things to try, but unfortunately when I pulled into the drive through I totally lost my cool. I had really wanted to try the Palabok Fiesta, described as:

…our very own Filipino pasta. A serving of high quality bihon noodles topped with a special pork-shrimp sauce, garnished with pork strips, shrimps, toasted garlic, flaked smoked fish, pork cracklings and sliced eggs.

Is there anything else you can call that besides a Fiesta? I think not. But I couldn’t deny that I was starving and the more I looked at the picture of the Palabok Fiesta, the more I began to become of afraid of ordering something that I wasn’t going to want to actually eat. The woman in the speaker told me to take my time, but I was feeling the pressure so in the end I opted to play it safe for my first time and asked for a Heavyweight Yumburger combo and threw in a Banana Langka Pie just to make things a little more exciting. I burned rubber home, snapped a few photos and set to stuffing Yumburger in my Yumburger hole.

jolli3.jpgjolli4.jpgSo, how was it? Well, really, it’s just fast food. Unlike some fast food freaks, I’m not a huge fry connoisseur and the Jolly Crispy Fries seemed to me like they could’ve come straight from Burger King. Which is a good thing, by the way. The Yumburger was pretty straight forward. It was big and gooey with American cheese and some kind of mayo sauce. The patty was a little bit strange. It’s almost got the texture and flavor of a meatball. But otherwise, everything was pretty standard. The Pie finisher was pretty good. The filling was thick and custardy rather than the jelly-like filling in a McDonald’s pie, but it was otherwise unremarkable. It didn’t have much distinct banana flavor. It may have been packed with langka flavor, but since I still haven’t figured out what langka is, I’m not sure.

I’ve already got my order planned for the next time, and we’re taking it to the next level. Palabok Fiesta is definitely on the list, as is an order of Jolly Spaghetti. I didn’t see if the Shanghai Rolls were on the menu here, but if so I’ll pick up a few of those also. Keep your eyes peeled for the next report.

9 Replies to “Who Can Resist the Siren Song of the Juicy Yumburger?”

  1. ugh. i tried jollybee a few years back when they built one in Carson. it was absolutely disgusting. the patty had the weirdest consistency and just tasted wrong. i remember digging the pie, but the burger was terrible.

  2. So how do you pronounce it? I thought it would be “Jal-li-bee” but my friend insists “Jolly Bee.”

  3. If you get the spaghetti, get the combo with the fried chicken. That is cholesterol heaven but what a way to die(err…this is still fast food).

  4. Being an American-born Filipina, I have always been suspect of Jollibee. Indeed, it is pronounced Jolly-Bee.

    My cousins in Manila teased me on purpose, and I think they enjoyed grossing me about things.
    When I was a kid, there was some scandal in Manila about people getting sick from Jollibee hamburgers. They told me it was because the burgers were made from ground up worms.

    As a result, I have never eaten at Jollibee.

    Palabok is good stuff though.

  5. As a fisherman who cringes at the price of bait, I’d say that harvesting worms for fast-food deception would be a money-loser from the outset – and our good friends the the Mikelson’s agree.

    Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

    Brian Humphrey
    Firefighter/Specialist
    Public Service Officer
    Los Angeles Fire Department

  6. The best part of Brian’s logic is that ECONOMICS would put the kibosh on the worms idea – and possibly nothing else.

    Still I look forward to having the Jolly Bee in my tummy.

  7. The Jollibee drumbeat, first from Franklin Avenue then here, was just too strong to ignore.

    Drove this morning to the Beverly/Vermont location (right next to the Metro stop!) and had me the spaghetti/fried chicken combo. Loved me that spaghetti…straight up Filipino style just like mom used to make, complete with little bits of hot dog! The drumstick was pretty delicious as well, with a slight hint of garlic in the crispy skin.

    If I was hungrier I would’ve tried the halo-halo dessert, but I’m gonna have to save that for the next trip.

  8. When I was a kid, there was some scandal in Manila about people getting sick from Jollibee hamburgers. They told me it was because the burgers were made from ground up worms.

    I think those kinds of stories are universal. When I was a kid in Denver, there was a widespread rumour about Jack-in-the-Box using horse meat.

    The best part of Brian’s logic is that ECONOMICS would put the kibosh on the worms idea

    Ha!

    … and had me the spaghetti/fried chicken combo. Loved me that spaghetti…straight up Filipino style just like mom used to make, complete with little bits of hot dog! The drumstick was pretty delicious as well, with a slight hint of garlic in the crispy skin.

    Alright, that’s two votes for the spaghetti/fried chicken combo. That’s definitely on the next order. I’ll have to put palabok off until round three. I don’t think I can eat all of that.

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