Top DIY Food Trends from the Quarantine

by Isay M. Roque /
September 14, 2021
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The lockdown might have stopped us from physically travelling to places new and old, but it didn’t keep us from going on trips — FOOD TRIPS, to be exact! Since the quarantine started back in early 2020, there have been plenty of DIY food trends that kept us busy in our own kitchens. Here’s a rundown of some of our favorites! 

Quarantine Food Trends

Dalgona Coffee

Dalgona coffee took over everyone’s social media feeds at the beginning of last year’s lockdown. It’s easy to understand why: using only simple ingredients you most likely already have (instant coffee, milk, sugar, and ice), you can whip yourself up a creamy, satisfying, and Instagram-worthy drink!

creamy milk and coffee drink
Photo from torani.com

No hand mixer? Use a whisk! No whisk? Even a fork (and a little extra effort) will do!

Check out this simple and easy Dalgona Coffee recipe here.

Pancake Cereal

Pancakes and cereal have been breakfast favorites for generations, so it kinda makes sense to combine the two. And it shouldn’t be surprising that it actually works! This trend is really cute (look at those mini pancakes!), really easy to make (just use your regular pancake recipe but make smaller pancakes), and really yummy — which might explain why it got so popular!

miniature pancakes in a bowl
Photo from hummingbirdhigh.com

Our tip? Add some banana or even strawberry slices to take your pancake cereal bowl to the next level!

Want to try making your own pancake cereal from scratch? Check this out!

Kori Kohi

Kori Kohi is an international coffee trend that actually started in the Philippines! Created by UCC Philippines, you make Kori Kohi by brewing coffee and freezing it into ice cubes. Next, you put those coffee cubes in a glass and pour warm milk over them. And voila — you have a refreshingly milky coffee beverage that’s especially perfect for warm days. 

iced coffee and milk drink
Photo from UCC Philippines Facebook

Learn to make Kori Kohi here!

TikTok Pasta

TikTok trends can sometimes end up being overhyped, but TikTok Pasta is actually really good. If you want to try it out, you’ll need a block of feta cheese (any brand will do), cherry tomatoes, and your favorite pasta (you choose the shape). While those ingredients may be a bit on the pricey side, trust us — it’s worth it. 

feta cheese and cherry tomatoes
Photo from browniebites.net

Want to try making your own TikTok Pasta? Click here.

Sourdough Bread 

A lot of people who wanted something that’s more challenging than the 3-steps-or-less recipes found their match in baking sourdough bread! This food trend made a huge wave last year. 

sourdough bread loaf
Photo from zestysouthindiankitchen.com

Find a beginner-friendly sourdough recipe here!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

While these have long been popular, the lockdown inspired many home bakers to experiment more in order to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe! From crisp to chewy to chunky, from drenched in milk to sugar-free, the quarantine saw a lot of new varieties of this classic cookie.

tray of chocolate chip cookies
Photo from bettycrocker.com

Check out this chocolate chip cookie recipe and this no-bake cookie recipe

Sushi Bake 

Some Japanese food purists may have been a bit averse to this food trend (because sushi should be raw), but this food trend actually works! Think of it as a giant California roll that’s been unrolled, baked like your typical casserole, served with cheese and Japanese mayo toppings, and with the nori (seaweed) on the side. Definitely worth a try if you like sushi, or if you’re feeling adventurous.

tray of baked sushi casserole
Photo from createwithcream.ph

Make your own Sushi Bake platter with this recipe.

Ube Cheese Pandesal

The combination of ube, cheese, and pandesal might not sound like much, but this simple snack surprisingly took the locked down Philippines by storm last year! Soft, flavorful, and cheesy, there’s just something about ube cheese pandesal that we can’t put into words — we just know we want more!

ube pandesal with cheese filling
Photo from kawalingpinoy.com

Check out Ube Cheese Pandesal recipes here and here!

Milky Cheese Donuts

Another surprisingly scrumptious combination of Filipino merienda favorites, milky cheese donuts are like a meeting of bicho bicho and ensaymada. This sweet and salty snack uses common kitchen ingredients — and doesn’t require any oven baking!  

cheesy bread with powdered milk
Photo from themayakitchen.com

Check out this popular recipe for Milky Cheese Donuts!

Bottled Cocktails

Bars might still be closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get buzzed on a drink or two! Ready-made bottled cocktails and DIY mixed drinks have become a popular choice for many remote work teams and barkadas! The best part about making your own drinks at home? You can crash anytime — and wake up without worrying where you put your phone, wallet, or keys.

homemade cocktail
Photo from Tomasz Rynkiewicz

Learn how to make your own drinks here or find where you can get bottled cocktails here

Ready-to-Cook Restaurant Food

Perfect for the hungry but lazy foodies, our go-to fast food chains as well as casual and fine dining establishments have made ready-to-cook home versions of their famous orders available during the lockdown! Miss getting fresh-from-the-fryer Potato Corner fries? How about that classic Pancake House fried chicken? Make your own “dine-in” experience and stock up on some of your favorite ready-to-cook restaurant dishes.

Potato Corner curly fries
Photo from PotatoCorner Facebook

The on-and-off lockdowns may have inspired more of us to enjoy food trends, but be sure you stay healthy by getting some exercise in, too! Check out safe online workouts you can do at home — like Spider Flow Yoga or Happy Sweat Abs Workout, which are always available on SHOOR!

Isay is the Copy Lead of SHOOR who’s semi-permanently black and blue from bumping into tables and chairs that didn’t get out of her way. When she’s not writing, biking, or training knife or jiu-jitsu, she moonlights as a door b*tch, a wedding singer, and a de-motivational speaker.

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