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In Which A Fast-food Breakfast is Quite Substantial…

Corned beef, egg, and garlic rice

Some of my friends who live abroad despair of getting anything more substantial than a rubbery fried egg and a greasy bit of protein (be it a sausage patty, a limp strip of bacon, or a flabby slice of ham) between the halves of a gritty-textured English muffin, plus a greasy hash brown, and ersatz coffee.

I haven’t the heart to tell them that, here in the Philippines, even fast-food breakfasts are a bit on the hefty side.  Case in point: the corned beef meal from Jollibee‘s Breakfast Joys menu.  What you get is some savory corned beef hash, an egg fried over-easy, and some seriously garlicky fried rice, plus one’s choice of either coffee, hot chocolate, or a cold soda.

While it seems that there isn’t much in the way of beef, looks are quite deceiving.  You actually get a decent amount of hashed beef brisket – and there are even large chunks of the stuff – cooked with sweet white onions.  The beef gives a sweet-salty counterpoint to the smoky-punchy flavor of the fried rice.  The egg may look like a standard-issue slab of rubbery stuff, but it’s also a surprise: the yolk is actually solid just on the outside, the core of it is still nice and runny and is such a treat.  It is, in my personal opinion, quite a good deal for P 88.00 (US$ 2.05).  May I suggest, though, that you skip the coffee and the soda; opt for the hot chocolate, instead, and you’re good to go.

BAKED not fried!

Jollibee also started offering baked hash browns (P 23.00 apiece) and they are pretty good: all golden and crunchy outside and fluffy within.  Very pronounced potato flavor and a tad less salt than the competitor’s, as a matter of fact.  If, like me, you like potatoes with your corned beef hash, this is an excellent addition to your morning meal.



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

4 thoughts on “In Which A Fast-food Breakfast is Quite Substantial…

  1. fine. you had me craving for my favorite jollibee breakfast meal!
    i love this set; i can eat it any time, all day! 😀
    my family & i are seriously missing everything about (pinas) jollibee.
    nonetheless, we’ll be home before Christmas and we’re already counting the days actually. 🙂

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