This Hong Kong Chinese Guy’s Review of Jollibee Will Make You Crave More Chickenjoys!

Filipinos love Jollibee – there’s no need to debate whether that’s true or not! In fact, while McDonald’s is also available in the country, Jollibee still takes the #1 spot when it comes to fast food chains in the Philippines!

But how do non-Filipinos feel about the food from Jollibee? Well, people have different preferences but it is refreshing to read a positive review from a Hong Kong Chinese guy about Jollibee’s most popular food item: the Chickenjoy.

What’s quite exciting about WONGEATSHONGKONG’s review on A Foodie World is that he claims that of all the fried chicken he has ever tasted across Hong Kong, the one at Jollibee is the best! Coming from a non-Filipino foodie who has tasted some of the most expensive chicken dishes in Hong Kong, this is certainly a huge compliment!

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He wrote:

When life throws a lemon at you, don’t make lemonade. Instead, chuck away the lemon and grab some fried chicken. There is nothing – I repeat, nothing – that a hot, crisp and juicy piece of chicken can’t fix. Whether you are hungover, depressed, heartbroken or suffering from a horrible day, biting into a good piece of fried chicken and hearing that comforting crunch will instantly brighten your day. However, the problem with Hong Kong is that there simply isn’t good fried chicken anywhere. We, as a city, just don’t do fried chicken well.

Sure, there are articles titled ‘5 best fried chicken spots in Hong Kong’, but as someone who has actually sampled a lot of the fried chicken destinations on these lists, I can honestly say a lot of the chicken is not very good and is also tremendously overpriced (looking at you and your concrete-hard chicken, Stone Nullah Tavern). When I am in need of a pick-me-up or a quick chicken fix, here is what I do. I head to Connaught Road in Central, to Jollibee.

Jollibee is a Filipino fast food chain. It has only three locations in Hong Kong – two in Central and one in Mongkok – and is relatively unknown amongst the city’s local population. Walk into the shop and you’ll hear more Tagalog than English and Cantonese as most of the restaurant’s clientele are from the Philippines (for many of my meals, I was the only non-Filipino in the entire place).

Before you chastise me and take away my ‘foodie creds’ for promoting – or even simply just reviewing – a fast food chain, hear me out, for Jollibee does serve the best fried chicken in Hong Kong (ignore the fact that they call their fried chicken ‘Chickenjoy’ – after all, when it tastes like heaven, they can name it whatever they want).

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