4.262 1-Piece Chickenjoy Meal + Pancit Palabok

-Cycle 4, Item 262-
24 (Tue) September 2013

1-Piece Chickenjoy Meal + Pancit Palabok


from Jollibee [delivery]

in my room (#218) (The Oasis Paco Park Hotel)

-Paco, Manila-


WHO/WPRO Research Trip: Day 1.

Touchdown Manila.

I'm here on two separate counts, both relating to the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office here.  From Wednesday to Thursday, I'll be attending the Informal Consultation on Reducing the Harmful Impact on Children of Marketing Foods, Beverages, Tobacco & Alcohol.  Then, all next week, I'll be doing some more work on that health law assessment tool project, which had kept me quite busy last year (see previously 3.272 Pho Ga), not so much this year (see most recently 4.160 Hansik Buffet), but looks like it could get much bigger soon enough.  Either way, thank you, WPRO!

Surprisingly, this is the first time this cycle/year that I've been out of the country.

With a 23:15 ETA, I'd planned to grab something at some 24-hour joint near the hotel after checking in.  However, it turned out that the hotel is located away from all the hubbub, and I didn't feel like walking out into the unlit unfamiliar streets of Manila after midnight in search of food.  And no room late-night service, being a "boutique hotel."  Fortunately, or unfortunately, the front desk had a few delivery menus; the choices: McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Wendy's, and Jollibee.  I went for the latter, which offered a handful of local dishes, for better or for worse.

Being at a "boutique hotel," the room didn't have a proper table, and the desk was in the hallway, so I ate on the bed.

Jollibee is a local American-style fastfood chain.  Originally a burger restaurant, the menu now offers a wider variety of items, like fried chicken and pastas.  Founded in 1978.  Now with over 800 locations domestically and abroad.

I ordered two items: 1-Piece Chickenjoy Meal and Pancit Palabok.

While I'd generally categorize fried chicken as an American food, and it came to the Philippines through the country's long history with the States, and it's pretty much the same here as it is over there, fried chicken has become such an ingrained part of the local food culture that it seems to be available everywhere for every meal of the day, from hotel breakfast buffets and lunch in the WHO cafeteria to dinner at shopping mall food courts and late-night snacking via 24-hour delivery joints.  It never seems to constitute the whole meal per se, just a piece or two on the side, like an essential side dish, like kimchi. 

"Chickenjoy" is Jollibee's proprietary name for fried chicken; a good idea conceptually, but the actual chicken doesn't engender much joy, neither crispylicious nor juicylicious.

Royale with Cheese Trivia: fried chicken in the Philippines always comes with gravy and steamed rice, typically wrapped in paper.

Pancit palabok is a Philippine noodle dish.  It consists of noodles stir-fried in a shrimp/fish gravy, often with ground pork, topped with boiled egg.  One of the classics.  Though perhaps not so great in fastfood form.  

 My favorite part of travel.


  1. there's a jollibee in LA! but after your not-so-ringing endorsement, i won't make a special trip.

  2. see if they have philippine dishes...