jun-jun’s chicken barbecue

you know i’ve been raving about some really good chicken dishes i’ve eaten recently (and that does not include chickenjoy, thank you very much). however, when i want to eat good chicken when in pampanga, my mind goes back to its regular programming of where delicious rice, delicious chicken, and most of all, delicious barbecue sauce can be eaten β€” jun-jun’s chicken barbecue house.

i don’t know what’s better, the chicken or the sauce (still a secret recipe till now β€” it’s not quite hoi sin, not quite worcertershire, not quite cola-based, but with a hint of coffee and molasses). what i know though, is you can just give me the fried rice and the sauce and i’ll be a happy camper. and my finicky-eater 5-year old niece will agree. she eats only the sauce and the rice, and happily declares, “nyaman!” (delicious!).


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Guagua Girl says:

    when did jun-jun's open? i can't remember if i had it before i left … the only chicken place i remember from pampanga is luding's (do i have the name right?) on that road to kilo/sta. rita. i can't remember if they also the sauce, but i liked their fried rice (it had soy sauce!).


  2. Anonymous says:

    Jun-jun is actually Jose Barlin, Jr. from DBA class of 92…. I tried copying the sauce and i came real close… Boil some vinegar, water, molasses, brown sugar… But its no good without the fried rice though. Pag mamangan ku karin manggamat ku mu… Hehe.


  3. Betis Boy says:

    Ah, thanks, anonymous for the bit of history. so there, i'm sure it had molasses πŸ™‚ also thought it had worcestershire in it. how about jojo's bbq, wasn't this the original and then (his brother?) jun-jun set up his own? (urban legend πŸ™‚ err.. rural legend) πŸ™‚

    GG, jun-jun's has been there since 1991. i grew up there because at that time (with no sm and other restos), most of my lolo's birthday dinners were spent there. usually we'd come in a van (around 20 or so i think) and he'd go barking at the waiters for chicken orders πŸ™‚ i think you're referring to luring's (the one in kilo), but they don't have fried rice. it's actually jun-jun's with the famous fried rice.


  4. Guagua Girl says:

    hi anonymous! thanks for commenting and providing us with the backstory πŸ˜€ i, too, enjoy “manggamat” when i'm eating chicken and fried rice.

    so BB, there seems to be some sibling rivalry going on, eh, if your version of the “rural” legend holds? OK, so another place that we need to put on “the list.” πŸ˜€


  5. Anonymous says:

    I am from Pampanga. Jun Jun’s makes the best BBQ and sauce. I just wish I can duplicate the sauce they make. I will make a few attempts.



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