246 – On An Earlybird’s Culinary Quarantine: Cube 7

One good thing that the recent extended community quarantine (ECQ) in Manila brought about was that it made people unleash their inner chef. The 60-day ECQ in Metro Manila, analogous to Singapore’s circuit breaker (CB) measures and Malaysia’s Movement Control Order (MCO), started last March 16 and has been extended until May 31 — with a few modifications to permit economic recovery. People were advised to stay home during the duration of the ECQ, and cooking became a coping mechanism against cabin fever.

Of course, given that I work from home ever since the start of the ECQ – I always had to wake up early and cook my own breakfast. Before, I woke up early to prepare for the office. Now, I wake up early to prepare my first meal before everyone else in the house gets out of bed. I usually start work after finishing breakfast and washing the dishes I used.

Don’t get me wrong – I do know how to cook other dishes, but I find eggs a convenient and versatile breakfast staple. Eggs are the easiest ingredient to cook with; I started off with the basic fried egg before moving on to other ingredients. I usually share these as stories on my Instagram account, so people who follow me there get to see what I create.

A fair warning: Some of these, if not most, may not look appetizing – but who cares? These are my takes and they taste good in my book.

1. Luncheon Meat, Scrambled Egg Omelette, and Rice
2. Chicken Oyako-don over Rice
3. Microwave Scrambled Eggs with Bread

4. Microwave Scrambled Eggs with Chopped Hard-Boiled Egg and Bread
5. Pork Strips Microwave Scrambled Eggs with Rice
6. Crispy Adobo Flakes with Rice

7. Scrambled Egg, Chicken Tocino, and Rice
8. Korean-Style Egg and Bacon Cheese Sandwich
9. One-Egg French Toast (3 Slices)

Until the next post, bon appetit!

9 thoughts on “246 – On An Earlybird’s Culinary Quarantine: Cube 7

    • Thank you!

      If there’s any factor that played a big part in this, it’s more than a quarter of my life waking up early every single day. I live around 20-25 kilometers away from my workplace (and travel time ranges from 90-120 minutes), so time is of the essence.


    • A really convenient substitute for meat, if you ask me; Singaporeans even put it on their breakfast noodles!

      Is the Ma Ling brand popular over there? Any brand of generic luncheon meat here in the Philippines is called “maling”.


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