Which of these Quarantine Food Trends Have You Tried?
If you think you’ve outgrown these dishes, you are WRONG! New must-try food trends emerged as food-loving Filipinos have more free time to spend at home this quarantine. According to Nina Daza-Puyat of Appetite Magazine, “Pinoy home cooks are resourceful, adaptable, and thrifty.” Yes, Indeed! Even with limited resources, adventurous Pinoys found ways to put a twist to ordinary dishes.
Which of these quarantine food trends have you tried?
Perhaps Sushi Bake or Baked California Maki is the most raved dish since nation-wide community quarantine was implemented. There’s a suspense element to it because people are used to seeing Sushi as a roll and not a casserole dish. What is a Sushi Bake? Technically, its ingredients are similar to Sushi but deconstructed and laid out in a pan. Typical sushi bake has rice (of course!), Kani (crab stick), meat of choice, mayo, and nori. However, this is not the traditional Sushi that’s why ingredients to top the dish are limitless. Add mango or fish roe or Philly cheesesteak; it is totally fine.
The baked dish mania is far from over. As community quarantine guidelines advise people to stay at home, Samgyup finds a way to conquer households. This is a brain dish discovered by home-bound food lovers who miss their dine-in samgyup feast. Baked Samgyup, like Sushi Bake, is a reconstructed dish with similar components to the original dish. It has rice, preferred meat (sliced), mayo or melted cheese, and kimchi that one can top on a nori wrapper.
Cheesy Ube Pandesal
Purple Yam is not only a craze among Filipinos. The international cuisine has also acknowledged Ube’s powerful impact among desserts, but who would’ve thought that it will be an excellent pandesal flavor? Typical pandesal is alone great, but with cheese and Ube, it has become an unexpected delight. Its ingredients are very common and cheap, perfect to start a home-based business. All you need is Ube halaya (Purple yam jam), dough, and cheese. As easy as pie.
Originally from the United States and a dish commonly found in Hawaii. But why does it sound Japanese, and how did Filipinos learn to love this dish? Spam is canned cooked pork from America, and some time in World War II and Japanese attacks, civilians in Hawaii learned to combine “Musubi” or rice ball with fried Spam and tah-dah “Spam Musubi” was born. Japanese and Americans have a strong influence on Filipinos, and history can prove, but not good. The only good thing is the Spam Musubi. To make one grab a Spam, slice it in the desired size and put it over Japanese rice and wrap the nori around it. Some home businesses became innovative and fried the Spam Musubi, others created a sauce appealing to Filipino taste buds.
Dalgona should take credit to whom started the quarantine food trend. Dalgona is a recipe that went viral on Tiktok. Initially, it is a coffee whipped until foamy placed on iced milk. It’s quick and easy to recreate. However, Filipinos added a twist to it by using Milo and even Tang (This is not a promotion). Dalgona Milo is a chocolatey drink perfect replacement for Dalgona coffee which is not advisable for kids. Dalgona Tang, on the other hand, is a fruity twist to typical café drink. Dalgona turned into tropical and salu-salo friendly.