[By: Chloe De Guzman]
It’s been more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began and the Philippines is still under quarantine up to this date. But despite all of the limitations and predicaments that this lockdown has brought to our lives, us Filipinos still saw our love for food as a silver lining.
While some people found comfort and joy in eating “quarantreats” with their families or friends, some used it as an opportunity to financially sustain their needs. Whether you’re just looking for some treats to satisfy your midnight cravings, or considering them to be the product of your new online business, these quarantine food trends will surely spark some joy into your lockdown experience.
Ube Cheese Pan De Sal
Pan de sal, cheese, and ube or purple yam are known for being pinoy favorites, which is probably why they gained so much attention when online shops started to sell ube cheese pan de sals. When all three pinoy favorites are combined, a perfect pinoy treat is born. The nuttiness of the ube flavored pan de sal that compliments the saltiness of the cheese filling makes an ube-cheese pan de sal the perfect pastry for breakfast or meryenda.
Banana bread has been around since the Great Depression, but people suddenly started baking and selling these desserts. Considering the limitations that the lockdown has brought to grocery and market trips, it isn’t really a surprise that this food trend came to be. Most people had more food products than they could eat at home before getting spoiled. Since banana bread is well known for using overripe bananas, it became the perfect dessert that avoids food waste.
All-you-can-eat samgyeopsal restaurants were such big hits before the pandemic started. Eating Korean BBQ and other side dishes became a popular bonding activity with family and friends. Unfortunately, due to lockdown restrictions, people could no longer do this. But not to worry, because some online restaurants started selling DIY samgyeopsal home kits for delivery. These kits usually include marinated strips of beef or pork that could be cooked at home, kimchi, lettuce leaves, and other side dishes that people used to enjoy at samgyeopsal restos. With these, families can easily replicate their samgyup experience at home.
Sushi Bake, also known as baked sushi, has gained tons of attention all over social media since online restaurants started selling these during the lockdown. Basically, it’s a deconstructed maki or sushi roll that’s similar to a baked casserole containing layers of rice, seafood, mayonnaise or cream cheese, and other Japanese flavors, and it’s commonly eaten with sheets of roasted seaweed. This food trend is bursting with umami flavor and Filipinos just can’t get enough of it.
Basque Burnt Cheesecake
Burnt desserts are neither appetizing to look at, nor do they taste good. But the basque burnt cheesecake is surely an exception. It may not look like the traditional New York style cheesecake with a graham cracker crust and all, but it tastes just as good, if not better. Don’t be fooled by the “burnt” exterior of this dessert, because it actually has a caramelized flavor to it. Moreover, the dark exterior perfectly compliments the smooth and creamy cheesecake interior. #DM