Two unique burgers from the Philippines

1. Hash Brown Burger

hash brown burger

This is a breakfast menu item from the fast food franchise giant Jollibee. Jollibee is all around the Philippines, you can literally see one at every street corner in Manila. I had this at the airport just before flying Cebu Pacific Air to Boracay.

jollibee hash brown burger

The Hash Brown Burger is made with a 100% pure beef patty and a slice of cheese sandwiched between two golden hash browns.


It cost 88 pesos (RM 6.50) at the airport, I’m sure it costs less outside but it’s well worth it.

manila jollibee

I love how the crispy hash browns substitute the traditional burger – it’s crunchy on the outside and moist and tender on the inside, which makes the hash browns a much better bun!

burger bun substitute

It’s delicious stuff! I wish they had it here but I reckon you can make your own using hash browns and removing the patty from a regular burger. πŸ™‚

2. Chinese pao burger with pork sausage


This comes from Chowking, a large fast food franchise specializing in Chinese food in the Philippines. The interesting bit is that they use a Chinese style pao instead of the usual burger buns.

unique burger pao

It’s even stamped with a β€œCk” for Chowking on top. It looks like a typical burger bun but it’s actually a Chinese pau – the taste and chewy texture is spot on! πŸ™‚

chowking pao burger

I find that it absorbs the sauces of the ingredients well, but doesn’t over-saturate it – it’s a perfect burger bun substitute!

burger lap cheong

I had the one with the Chinese pork sausage (lap cheong) inside for 39 pesos (RM 3) inclusive of chicharap (prawn crackers) and a drink right outside Intramuros.

chow pao

It’s ironically called Chowking’s Chow Pao – which means something totally different if you pronounce it the wrong way. Heh.

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32 thoughts on “Two unique burgers from the Philippines”

  1. hash brown as burger bun! really unique!
    but the latter, it’s like pork slices sandwiched between steamed mantou which can be found in most of the chinese restaurant. but this uses sausages instead, special in a way too πŸ˜€

    • Hello Constance!

      Yeah, I really liked it too! πŸ™‚

      You’re right, it does seem like pork slices between steamed mantau but I thought it was interesting coz it’s served burger style in a fast food chain, as a standard burger bun replacement! πŸ˜€

  2. Hash brown burger eh? I have hash browns in the freezer… Maybe I can try that one of these days.

    We do have bak kua burger at Jalan Alur as well…and what they call Doraemon – the nasi lemak sambal in the deep-fried mini buns…aka the Malaysian burger. I guess it’s up to anybody to come up with something different and if the novelty catches on, then it will be a hit.

    • Nice, I’ll look forward to what comes out of your cooking! I’m sure it’ll be awesome!

      I missed the obvious, which was pointed out to me, yeah you can do this yourself at home. I was thinking more along the lines of customizing it from fast food chains here and was wondering how to melt the cheese. πŸ™‚

      Yeah, the bak kua burger, lovely stuff, first time I ate it was in NZ – the Taiwanese kids upstairs did a version of it using bread – a bak gua sandwich! πŸ˜€

      True that, I’ll think of something sinfully artery clogging. Haha!

  3. i would like the chinese pao version. My guess is the hash brown would be a tad too oily, as its always the case with deep fried hash brown.. πŸ™‚

    The MOS burger which I last had in taiwan was pretty cool, it was made of these rice thingy as buns

    • Yeah, the pao as a burger bun substitute works great! πŸ™‚

      However, the hash browns from Jollibee wasn’t oily at all – it was perfect, no need to dab it with tissues or anything like that.

      I was quite surprised as well coz last time I ate at Jollibee it wasn’t a good experience, but that outlet wasn’t in their home country – the Philippines where they serve all the common meat except lamb…or maybe there was lamb and I didn’t notice! πŸ˜€

  4. HB, it too bad Jolliebee folded up after less than a year in San Francisco. Just when I wanted to try it. The other place for burger Chowking in Singapore there one just like Chowking but name is different but food pretty much the same. I could not remember name but will try to look it up for when heading to Singapore.

      • Nice! It’s like MOS Burger?

        Anyway, not sure if the Jollibee in Brunei is still operating, but we don’t have a Chowking here. I don’t think it’ll take off due to the wide availability of good hawker Chinese food here.

        Chowking has good halo-halo (a local dessert) though! πŸ™‚

    • Yeah there’s a Jollibee in Brunei too! πŸ™‚

      It’s actually a different country but much closer to my hometown (Sibu) than KL – it’s near Miri in Sarawak and it’s actually part of Sarawak, but broke away as their own country.

      The one I had there was halal though, so no pork or anything like that which is available in Manila.

      Interesting, I didn’t know Chowking expanded that much. πŸ˜€

    • I vaguely remember Sarawak having one but I can’t be sure where or if I mistook it for Sabah since I was really young when I went.

      I do know that Brunei has a Jollibee though, it’s unfortunately halal so it doesn’t have the whole range of menu items like the chorizo like pork sausages that the home country of Philippines has.

      It’s pretty good eh? πŸ™‚

  5. Both burgers are unique and wonder if this comes to Malaysia? Speaking of which, my hash browns urges arrived while reading this post. ad voila we shall have hash browns burgers for brekkie today:D THANX for the new breakfast idea buddy!

    • Yeah, it would be interesting if one of the quick service restaurants would come out with something like this…as a promo maybe. πŸ˜€

      Nice! I’m craving for hash browns too now that you mentioned cooking it. Heh.

      Cheers and have an awesome week Evelyn! πŸ™‚

    • Yeah, it’ll be delicious to make this ourselves. πŸ™‚

      The best part about Jollibee’s hash brown burgers are that the hash browns are baked, not deep fried.

      I think I’ll deep fry mine when I do my own version of this. πŸ˜€

      Cheers bro!


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