So where exactly do Filipinos get their sweet Pinoy spaghetti and fried chicken joy fix? Why at Happy V, of course.
|Happy V at their Lucky Plaza branch|
Happy V is a Singapore-based eatery that sells food items that look surprisingly like the ones sold by Jollibee (I say looks like since the taste of most of their items is slightly different from the original.)
Just take a look and see for yourself.
|Spaghetti and chicken combo meal|
This is my Spaghetti and Chicken combo meal (S$6/Php198*). Looking at it, you’d swear this came from a Jollibee store. The spaghetti is sweet enough to suit the Filipino palate. Although it tastes slightly different from a Jolly Spaghetti, it's still really good.
Here’s another example. A picture of their Pancit Palabok (a type of Filipino noodle dish with shrimp) yields the same conclusion. This combo meal, also with chicken, will set you back around S$6 (Php198*) as well.
|Pancit palabok and fried chicken combo meal|
Noodle dishes aside, Happy V’s fried chicken, on the other hand, looks and tastes just like a real deal chicken joy (no kidding.)
If you think this all mere coincidence, think again. Happy V was, in fact, formerly known as Jolly V. Rumor even has it that Jollibee threatened to sue the pants off the owner for this blatant copying (almost) of their brand.
Guess it didn’t push through as the store is still well alive and kickin’. In fact, they’re packed tight during the weekends by Filipinos wanting their fried chicken fix.
Necessity is indeed the mother of all invention. J
*S$1 = Php33
Lucky Plaza, 304 Orchard Road
#02-58, Singapore 238863
18 Raffles Quay
Stall 65, Lau Pa Sat Festival Market
|Complete with cheesy slogan|