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5 Recipes to Try While in Quarantine
   by Nina Tambal  •  Aug 13, 2020  •  General
On August 3, 2020, it was announced that Metro Manila, along with the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal will be placed under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) starting August 4 to August 18, 2020.

Meaning that most of us are going to be spending a lot more time at home than we did during the General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

Once again, we will have to find other means of escape outside of social media. Activities that we can do as we stay safe inside our respective apartments or houses.

If you’re someone who loves to cook or just wants to explore new hobbies, why not create your very own culinary masterpiece?

Here are five scrumptious recipes you can try while in quarantine.


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One of the staple Filipino breakfast meals is champorado or chocolate rice porridge. A dish that instantly wakes us up and at the same time, comforts us in so many ways.

Which is why it is only right to try out this recipe, but with a twist. Many home cooks have recently been experimenting with champorado.

Instead of putting the usual tablea or blocks of cacao, they are using ingredients such as ube and strawberries (not simultaneously though). Awesome, right?

Positively Filipino offers a solid strawberry champorado recipe. For the ube lovers out there, Yummy.ph has a great ube champorado recipe.


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No one can deny that the Korean (Hallyu) Wave is strong here in the Philippines.

If you happen to be one of the people riding that wave and with great pleasure, then you simply must cook bibimbap (mixed rice with meat and assorted vegetables), at least once during the quarantine!

I know that ever since around April, everyone was all about the DIY samgyupsal, but it wouldn’t hurt to branch out to other Korean food. Not only is bibimbap just as delicious, it’s nutritious too.

You can find a great recipe of it at My Korean Kitchen.


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Craving for authentic and fresh Italian pasta? Then, this dish will be right up your alley!

Cooking pasta may be taxing to some. So, a quick and easy recipe should resolve this small dilemma.

Why don’t you give pasta con salsa a crudo a try? Better known as pasta with no-cook tomato sauce. Depending on your taste, you can try making a variety of it as well.

All you need to do is boil your pasta and make your sauce separately. Then, mix the two when done.

Yummy.ph offers different kinds of sauces you can concoct with just your blender. For a more in-depth experience, you can check out Fine Cooking.


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What better way to wrap up a good meal than with satisfying dessert?

Banana bread has been around for the longest time and it is a classic among many households, not just in the Philippines. Its loaves are moist, sweet, and cake-like.

And for some reason, it reminds me of a lazy Sunday morning. Maybe because it’s an easy dish to make and it’s a dessert that you share with your family.

As the MECQ indicates limited trips to the grocery store or market, we might end up with more produce at home that are at the risk of getting spoiled. Feel free to repurpose your overripe bananas and bake banana bread.

You can check out Panlasang Pinoy’s recipe.

Bonus: Merienda

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A Filipino’s day is not complete without merienda! Some may even consider it their favorite meal.

Canned goods are life when under the MECQ, so I made it my duty to include a recipe that incorporates at least one of the big three: spam, corned beef, or tuna.

Lo and behold, lumpiang tuna.

Lumpia is a well-known staple, not only because it is required in everyone’s birthday parties; but also because it can be eaten at any time of the day. It’s great as an ulam and it’s great as a snack. What more can you ask for? Try out Tripzilla.ph’s recipe.

Or integrate another ingredient instead of tuna. Corned beef is a prospect, but I’m not sure if it will taste as good as lumpiang tuna.

Final thoughts

Matters may be looking bleak, but if there is one thing that will comfort us no matter what, it is food. After all, it is a big part of our culture and we Filipinos love to eat.

Hang in there and know that you are not alone. We will all get through this together.

Happy cooking and eating, everyone!

Comments  💬
Keith Santos
Whooooo.. i felt hungry ^_^


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