Pinoy Lunchtime Hits: Simple And Scrumptious Meals For The Busy Bee

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Craving a satisfying and flavorful lunch but short on time or inspiration? Look no further than these delicious Pinoy lunch ideas! Filipino cuisine offers a vibrant blend of savory, sweet, and tangy flavors, perfect for whipping up quick and easy meals.

This list features five unique and budget-friendly options, all clocking in under 30 minutes of preparation time. So ditch the takeout menus and get ready to discover a taste of Pinoy comfort food.

Egg Roll Bowl (Filipino Lumpia Bowl: Lumpiang Hubad)
Egg Roll Bowl (Filipino Lumpia Bowl: Lumpiang Hubad)

1. Adobo Flakes on Steamed Rice

Adobo, a national treasure of the Philippines, makes a stellar lunch option. Leftover adobo flakes can be transformed into a flavorful and convenient meal.

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked rice

  • 1 cup leftover adobo flakes (chicken or pork)
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for cooking

  • Directions:

    1. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Sauté the onions until softened.
    2. Add the tomatoes and cook for another minute.
    3. Stir in the leftover adobo flakes, soy sauce, oyster sauce (if using), and black pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes until heated through.
    4. Serve the adobo flakes on a bed of steamed rice.

    2. Pancit Bihon Guisado (Stir-fried Rice Noodles)

    Pancit Bihon is a versatile noodle dish enjoyed across the Philippines. This quick stir-fried version is perfect for a light yet filling lunch.

    Ingredients:

    1 pack (200g) rice noodles (bihon)

  • 1 cup chopped vegetables (carrots, green beans, cabbage)
  • 1/2 cup cooked shrimp (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon oyster sauce (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for cooking

  • Directions:

    1. Soak the rice noodles in hot water for 10 minutes, then drain well.
    2. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Sauté the garlic and onions until fragrant.
    3. Add the vegetables and cook until softened slightly.
    4. Stir in the drained rice noodles and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
    5. Season with soy sauce, oyster sauce (if using), and black pepper.
    6. Add the cooked shrimp (if using) and cook for another minute until heated through.
    7. Serve hot.

    3. Tuna Picadillo with Fried Eggs

    This protein-packed dish is a Filipino twist on the classic picadillo. Canned tuna is used for convenience, making it a budget-friendly and time-saving option.

    Ingredients:

    1 can (150g) flaked tuna in oil

  • 1 medium potato, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • Vegetable oil for cooking

  • Directions:

    1. Drain the oil from the canned tuna.
    2. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Sauté the garlic and onions until fragrant.
    3. Add the potatoes and carrots and cook until softened.
    4. Stir in the flaked tuna, soy sauce, and black pepper. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until heated through.
    5. In a separate pan, fry the eggs sunny-side up or according to your preference.
    6. Serve the tuna picadillo on a bed of rice, topped with a fried egg.

    4. Tocino Silog with Atchara

    Tocino, a sweet cured pork dish, is a Filipino breakfast staple. Here’s how to turn it into a satisfying lunch with a tangy side dish.

    Ingredients:

    2 slices tocino

  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 fried egg
  • Atchara (pickled green papaya) – store-bought or homemade

  • Directions:

    1. Pan-fry the tocino slices until cooked through and slightly crispy.
    2. Fry an egg sunny-side up or according to your preference.
    3. Serve the tocino, fried egg, and atchara on a bed of steamed rice.

    Tip: You can also grill the tocino slices for a healthier alternative.

    5. Sinangag (Garlic Fried Rice) with Longganisa