Because Jollibee is David’s client and we were curious about it, we headed to Waipahu Shopping Center today for lunch. Jollibee is a Filipino fast-food restaurant, which is very popular in the Philippines. It has become an international chain, and a second Hawaii restaurant is being built in Kapolei. The Kapolei restaurant will also have a drive-thru, something which the Waipahu restaurant lacks.

This is the Jollibee mascot that greets customers at the door.

This is the spacious room, where customers line up to place their orders in the back, much like McDonald’s. There is a second room to the right of this one that also seats customers.

This is Palabok, which consists of vermicelli, shrimp, pork, egg, and a special sauce. The flavor was deliciously Filipino, probably seasoned with fish sauce.

Crispy, deep-fried chicken, 6 piece bucket. Better than KFC, because it is less greasy.

Buko Pandan: This is also called a Pearl Cooler, coconut-flavored. The straw is wide enough so pearls of taro can be sucked up and eaten with the smoothie. So good and so refreshing!

Will we back? You betcha!

6 Responses to “JOLLIBEE”

  1. wafan Says:

    That is a bigger place than I imagined. The smoothie reminds me of the bubble drinks that were popular a bunch of years back. Bet it tastes better than the tapioca! Maybe I will give the place a try this summer.

  2. wafan Says:

    And, 1st and 2nd!!!


  3. musings Says:

    Okeedokee! I’ll keep that in mind next time I’m headed down Waipahu way.

  4. DrumMajor Says:

    I’m still confused Gigi —
    The restaurant has a friendly bee to greet you, but blogger Kay has bees running around her yard.
    I could probably skip the fried chicken, but the other looks tasty.
    Do the other slushies have pearls of taro going up the straw?
    (My nurse brain is imaging geriatric folks choking on “things” coming up a straw…)
    My brain is frozen from winter, and needs out of Kansas…
    The bee reminds me of the old Kip’s “Big Boy” restaurants with the tubby boy in red and white checkered overalls outside the restaurant.

    • gigihawaii Says:


      there used to be a mascot for Bob’s Big Boy, a restaurant about 4 miles from where I live, but for some reason, it was removed.

      Only a nurse would think of old people choking on the pearls of taro. Now that you mention it, that could very well happen.

      There is one other smoothie with pearls sold at Jollibee: a Purple Yam flavor, which I intend to try next time. The coconut flavor we had was delicious.

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