Jollibee is the number one fast-food chain in the Philippines. It is one hundred percent Filipino owned and boast of having several dozen branches all over the world. It’s menu caters to the Filipino taste where you would find rice and noodles together with chicken and burgers in their menu items.
We do have Jollibee here in the Northeast but it’s location is not really accessible to us, you either have to take the NJ transit train and subway to NY city or sit through traffic at the turnpike and hope and pray that you can get parking once you get there. We visited a Jollibee branch in SoCal twice this summer when we were there for vacation. California has I think the most number of Jollibee location outside the Philippines given the number of Filipino Immigrants living there. My family had a taste of their spaghetti and liked it since it something different from what they are used to.
Their spaghetti is very popular among kids and one of their bestsellers. Filipino spaghetti is sweet compared to western style spaghetti and has sliced hotdogs added to it. This may be off-putting for those not used to it but I guess this is just what makes it truly Pinoy.
This is my take on the Jollibee style spaghetti. Saute a medium sized onion and when translucent add a couple of cloves of minced garlic. Add a pound of ground beef and cook till brown. You then add 3 pieces of hot dogs sliced and cook until it’s kind of crisp around the edges. Pour a small pouch of Filipino style spaghetti sauce. I used this brand since it’s the only thing available at our local Asian store.
Then add about half a bottle of marinara sauce. Simmer for 10 minutes. Pour your meat sauce over your cooked spaghetti and top with grated cheese.