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Quarantined & Hungry: 4 food projects to try at home

Like all aspects of life, food trends keep – and never stop – evolving through both hard and happy times.

And as many of us are working from home and self-isolating from everyone and everything, we thought we should keep you in the know for all things currently happening in the food world. Here’s our list of popular food projects many foodies are doing at home during the quarantine period, because apart from washing our hands and social-distancing to prevent getting physically ill from the COVID-19, these quarantine cooking activities will prevent your mind from going crazy and keep it at a healthy, happy state. 

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Dalgona Coffee

Dear readers, if you’re wondering what’s hotter than the celery juice cleanse this month, it’s this fabulous ‘Dalgona Coffee.’ The whipped coffee fluff served atop a warm bath of milk is all the rage right now on all social media — say Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and even YouTube.

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The Korea-originated caffeinated drinks took after the Korean dessert called ‘Dalgona,’ which is a caramel-like sponge candy. The drink itself is an antidote to boredom for most cafe hoppers slash coffee aficionados who can no longer cruise the streets looking for a cup of perfect brews. Since you’re already stuck at home, why not join this quarantine coffee challenge?

This tutorial above will show how you, too, can follow the trend and make yourself a decent mug of coffee. The key is all on the whipping of an equal amount of instant coffee, sugar and hot water to frothy perfection. Let’s get to it.

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Quarantini – simple at-home cocktails

Stress doesn’t always call for medical treatment. Sometimes what you need is a simple glass of cocktails to make sweep away all your worries. But since all of Bangkok’s bars are closed in response to the pandemic, opting for a sundowner or an aperitif at your favourite bar is an impossible task. One prime opportunity that rose from this crisis is that you can now learn how to make your own ‘quarantini,’ aka, simple at-home cocktails. It’s a great hobby to have especially now that you’re on WFH or self-distancing sessions. And what’s a better time than this to be sipping on a negroni whilst working or post-conference call?

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The Great Quarantine Bake Off

Apart from working or being a couch potato, satisfy your inner dessert geek and get on with a baking project. It’s a great way to get your mind off of the outbreak as well as a great solution to make everyone in the household less grumpy – sugar is the real cure. So make sure you’ve got everything you need: egg, flour, sugar, butter, etc, and let’s get baking.

One-pot Meals

Join the one-pot-meal troop if you’re (secretly) a lazy cook. Same idea with the dump cake, you only need one pot or pan and simply just throw all your ingredients of choice in. A typical formula would call for your preferred protein, veggies, carbs (rice, spaghetti, noodle), and flavoursome liquid (tomato sauce, coconut milk, or any meat or veggie broth will do). You simply let it cook and simmer — and voila, a meal is served. What’s even easier is using a rice cooker and whist you cook the rice, simply put in delicious elements like meat, greens, and even canned food like tuna and pre-made packaged curry to flavour the rice. It’s a true kitchen hack that needs no fancy equipment. Another plus? Leftovers can really be put to good use here.

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.