Food Fight!: McDonald’s vs. Jollibee (Team Battle 1)

May 9, 2013

Hello again, this is food fight, a weekly segment over here at where we pit food products against each other, and have you, our dear readers, vote on which one deserves to be crowned the winner.

It’s like Celebrity Death Match with less celebrities, more eating, and no one really dies.

Unveiling this week’s installment: Mcdonald’s vs. Jollibee Round 1 (Regular Burgers, Fries, and Ice Cream)

But before we begin…

In a landslide decision victory, Coca Cola prevailed over Pepsi last week. I’m not surprised, but I was hoping for a more heated battle (or for Pepsi to win). Ah well, maybe this week’s Food Fight will prove different.

Let’s get to this week’s contestants.


Mcdonald’s vs Jollibee: the eternal struggle, but only in the Philippines.

These are the top two fast-food joints in the Philippines. One is home grown, while the other is an international capitalist’s wet dream. They’ve been at each other’s necks since forever.


Established in 1940 as a barbecue place that later turned into a burger stand, the Golden Arches is a symbol for worldwide burger domination. It’s a rank they achieved through mediocre uniformity, cheap affordability, and a furiously aggressive expansion strategy. You can find a McDonald’s almost anywhere around the world, a godsend for those too chicken to try the local delicacies.

Want a cheeseburger? You can have that wherever you are and enjoy the same familiar taste. And just like our very own Chicken McDo, other countries also have their own unique offerings that (that we are denied of here). There’s the McRib,  the Triple Mac, and, my personal favorite,  the 40 piece chicken nugget meal that comes with a gallon of tea.



Established 1975 by some Chinese folks, it was originally a Magnolia ice cream parlor that also sold hot dogs. Later, they got a mascot that incorporated all these food items they thought Filipinos would go for, which led to the fat happy bee we have come to love. Sure, it’s fast-food, but it’s our fast-food. It’s home.

You can see my bias already, but I really don’t care. We all know Jollibee, and we all love him. How can we not? Sure, a red and yellow bee in a suit hawking burgers and fried chicken doesn’t really make sense, but the food is amazing and I will always enjoy their Burger Steak. On its Wikipedia page, some proud Pinoy found it important to include that Jollibee showed up on Glee once, and somehow that little detail has been proven Wikipedia-worthy. Go figure.

To kick things up a notch, the winner of this week’s Food Fight! will be decided through a team battle fought across multiple categories (as one is not enough to determine which fast-food joint should reign supreme). Whichever side wins your best of three counts as your vote for this week’s card.

Today the team battles are in these 3 categories:

  1. Regular Burgers
  2. Fries
  3. Ice Cream

Let’s get it on!

Burger McDo vs Regular Yum


We’ve stated our preference before, but it’s still an interesting match up. This time, it’s your voice that counts. The Champ and the Big Mac will face each other on a later date, for now, which sub-30 pesos burger do you prefer?

McDonald’s French Fries vs Jollibee Fries


I don’t need to explain much here.

Vanilla Sundae Cone vs Chocolate Sundae


Just vote.

Who deserves to win? Team McDonald’s or Team Jollibee? It is up to you to fight for your pick in the comments section. Which particular food item do you like better and from which fast-food joint? Why does it matter? Nothing matters, so we don’t really need to justify it. Let’s just have fun.

Next Week: The Gravy and Pies

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Lars Roxas

Problema nung ice cream ng McDo, inconsistent. Pag bumibili ako sa mga mcdo branches sa mas mga low-income na lugar, matubig ung sundae. Pero pag ung tipong sa greenbelt or sa the fort laging mas creamy.

Ung jollibee kahit yellow at least pareparepareho.

Pero ang tunay na hari ay ang 15peso sweetcone sundae ng Ministop.

Adrian De Leon

Burger: Bee takes this one. (regular burger kasi e, pero champ vs. quarter pounder, sa McDo ako)
Fries: I might be the only one here who thinks the Bee does it better.
Ice cream: Definitely the clown.

Carmela Alcantar
Carmela Alcantar

Burger = neither.
Fries = McDo
Ice Cream = McdO

Spaghetti = Jollibee (just saying)

Justinne Lou Go

Burger = can’t tell much diff
Fries = Mcdo

I’d hate to sound anti-nationalistic but you gotta give the burgers, fries and ice cream to Mcdo. When it comes to chicken though, I’d pick Jollibee hands down.

Babe for Food – your BFF in Cebu dining! 🙂

Nico Goco

Burger: McDo

Fries: Jollibee. too many bad fires na sa McDo sa may Rizal Ave sa fort!
Ice Cream: Jollibee

I’m so sorry Ronald! tell your crew to clean up their act!

burger (based on the choices offered): Jollibee. It will be another matter if its, say, Champ vs. Big Mac/Quarter Pounder or Chicken Burger vs. McChicken. fries: Neither. They are both not too palatable when cold. ice cream: McDo. Vanilla Sundae Cone is my usual quick reward-to-myself-for-working-the-entire-day thing (apart from the fact that a McDo is just on my way home when I was based in Manila). Winner: Jollibee, though. When you’re far away from the Philippines, you will tend to miss it. Proof(s): 1. it is a known fact among me and my colleagues that our first meal is usually… Read more »

Burger: Jolibee
Fries: MCDO!!!
Ice Cream: Mcdo

sayang walang chicken haha


burger: the Happy Bee

fries: the clown

ice cream: the clown’s hot fudge sundae is the winner!

Shaun Montelíbano ♡

Burger: YÜM w/ cheese all-the-way!

Fries: McDonald’s everyday — any day.

Ice-Cream: bring back the Twist™ Sundae Cone, Micky D’s!!!

Addi dela Cruz

Yum Burger, McDo fries, McDo sundae.


No burger, Mcdo fries, Mcdo sundae.

But i’m crying over the palabok, jolly hotdog and peach mango pie ;(

Joan Torres

yumburger, McFries, jobee sundae

Noel Pascual

McDo Burger, McDo Fries, Jollibee Sundae.

Mylene Chung

Mcdo all the way! lol!XD Though if I had to pick fries out of all major fast food chains… I would choose KFC’s!

Peter Andrew Elizaga

Yum, McD fries, McD Sundae Cone.

Jayne Lois R. Orlina

Mcdo burger (tough decision to make haha), Mcdo fries, Jollibee sundae.

Nikki Marzoña

Burger McDo, Jollibee fries, McDo’s sundae 🙂

Nikki Marzoña

Plus Chickenjoy. Hehe! 😀


Jollibee Yum, McDo fries and Jollibee sundae – I agree with Lars, consistent yung timpla ng Jollibee sunde


jolibee yum, mcdo sundae and mcdo fries 🙂


Jollibee Yum, McDo Fries, and McDo Sundae. :3


McDo all the way!


“We all know Jollibee, and we all love him”? I beg to disagree. McDo all the way!!! (Jollibee’s spag is yummy though.)

Lemark B. Viloria

Burger McDo, McDo Fries, McDo Sundae!

Essie Atienza

Mcdo, all the way. (Sorry, Jollibee.)



Although when I get tired of all the chicken, I go to Jollibee for their burger steak. s


Duh. Jollibee. Don’t be a hypocrite. We all love jollibee. Their burger is better tasting. Fries are not as salty as Mc-D and sundae goes best with the fries. JOLLIBEE!

Nix M.
Nix M.

true. even if people don’t admit it, deep in their heart, they love jollibee hehehe


McDo all the way!
Jollibee’s burger leaves a terrible taste (and breath!). Jollibee fries are more kamote than patatas, and their ice cream is not creamy.

Kimberly Capeding

McDo for all three but Jollibee palabok hello.


Mcdo! Except for the burger. I’ll choose the yum burger over the burger mcdo any day. That sauce that they slap on the yum burger is really good. Though i think they put too much. But that can easily be altered! 🙂

Benjamin Canapi

I disagree with this so badly, a fairy died.

MSZNG (Mojah Galit)

McDo all the way.

MSZNG (Mojah Galit)

But then again, that Jolly Spaghetti. Mmmmhmm.

Ramon Rocha IV
Ramon Rocha IV

Burger: Jollibee!

Fries and Ice cream: Mcdo!


Jollibee for all three!

Benjamin Canapi

Jollibee’s Regular Yum, McDo’s fries and sundae cone.
But this is unfair! Where’s the chicken? The Spaghetti? Come on!!!

Nix M.
Nix M.

before anything else, mcdonalds for burgers, fries & desserts. JOLLIBEE for EVERYTHING ELSE hehe.

Regular Burgers – jollibee yumburger (but i have to say, i prefer the burgers of mcdonalds over jollibee, yung burger mcdo lang yung yuck hehe)

Fries – mcdonalds

Ice Cream – mcdonalds


i dont eat jollibee, cause its halal. so mcdo all the way.


Mcdo is as much fries and sundaes as Jollibee is chicken. But you wanted us to vote. So here’s mine. Yum gets my vote over the burger mcdo. Mcdo on the other hand wins for their sundaes and fries. Jollibee’s sundae’s don’t taste like dairy and their fries are always soggy and seems to absorb the taste of the oil they use.

Marga Llanera-Alaguia

McDonald’s! 🙂

Charisse Tan


definitely enjoy the burgers more at mcdonalds except the yum with TLC, McDo doesnt have anything on jolibee’s sundae and fries though. That sundae tastes like my childhood, sure it can taste a little odd or off to someone who has always been used to Mcdo’s sundae but it that one thing that makes it great. Yes, it’s a copy but it is our copy. and we love because of what it is and what it means to us. people might knock jollibee because because they perceived it as being lower quality, a lot of people complaints can be traced… Read more »
Kyle Jarabelo
Kyle Jarabelo

Definitely McDo for burgers, McDo for fries but Jolibee for sundaes! 🙂 Though sometimes, McDo has this soggy burger patties for Burger McDo. It taste icky! For fries, well, i really don’t care about the fries since i’m not a fan but my friends always order McDo fries over Jolibee fries so yeah, McDo wins fries. For ice cream, McDo has this very very sweet vanilla ice cream which I don’t really like. Its too sweet for me and I don’t like too sweet. Jolibee sundae, right amount of sweetness and it melts in your mouth. 🙂


For burger jollibee’s regular yum
Fries definitely mcdo!
I like both sundaes
I would say Jollibee is still my 1st choice over mcdo!

Valerie Ann Marbella Soriente

burger – Jollibee Yum! Still has a sweet spot in my heart filled with cholesterol of unknown amount; Fries – McDo coz it is good to dip in Sundaes, BBQ Sauce or plain ol’ reliable ketchup; Ice Cream – McDo. Nuff’ said

Angeli Antonio

Jollibee’s regular yum > Mcdo’s burger
Mcdo’s fries and ice cream > Jollibee’s fries and ice cream


burger: jollibee
fries: mcdo
sundae: um, both.

variety: jollibee (okay so I usually just order yum w/cheese, but i like how jollibee tries to keep on adding things on their menu from time to time haha).


burger: jollibee.

fries: this is a no contest. mcdo, by a wiiiide margin.

sundae: price-wise, jollibee wins (they’re cheaper). and i also find mcdo choco sundae too rich for my taste.

+1 on happy_slip’s note. jollibee seems to have a much better product r&d.

raphi llorente

burger: jollibee
fries: jollibee, ever since they started making the crispy fries
sundae: mcdo


Burger – jollibee
Fries – mc do
Sundae – mc do

dan matutina

Burger: Yum
Fries: McDo, chaka ang fries ng Jollibee
Sundae: McDo
Palabok: Jollibee 😛 Heheh.

Raxenne Dosher Maniquiz

Burger: Jollibee
Fries: Jollibee
Sundae: Jollibee



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