Better Condo Living with Carla: Rice Cooker Diaries Part 1

Pork Giniling Rice Bowl

It’s Day I-Don’t-Know-Already of our Enhanced Community Quarantine in Cebu City and I’ve been getting way better at cooking using the ultimate condo appliance - the Rice Cooker. I’ve got some healthy, delicious and super easy to cook recipes that you can do in one pot. Your rice cooker will be your culinary best friend.

For those living in studio condo units with no decent kitchen setup, please don’t resort to too much junk and processed food. We need to be healthy after this quarantine. As much as we like the taste of all these canned goods and instant noodles, those are deadly. Also, ordering takeout all the time is expensive. You want to save your money these days. Think about it as learning a new life skill or life hack. So, the next time you go to your nearest grocery store and supermarket (while maintaining the highest levels of safety precautions of course), skip the bad stuff and head over straight to the fresh meat and vegetables sections.

Better Condo Living is a series that’s all about surviving in a tiny condo with limited space and equipment. By surviving I mean food and eating right. This is not a diet blog or about vegan-centric cooking. You can head on over to Better Choices for some delicious and affordable vegan meals. If you’re totally into meat, keep reading.

Now, let’s talk about the Rice Cooker. It’s easy to use, easy to clean and apparently after experimenting on different recipes, easy to cook in. Here are some sample recipes that you can try and enjoy at home.

Pork Giniling Rice Bowl

* Cook rice and clean the pot after, wipe all excess moisture

Ingredients: 1 Tbsp. Oil 3 Cloves Garlic chopped 1 Small Red Onion chopped

1/4 Ground Pork

1 Medium Carrot minced

Salt Pepper


  1. Turn on the rice cooker and add oil.

  2. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and the ground pork. (You don’t need so much oil ‘cos ground pork is fatty)

  3. The rice cooker tends to turn off after the cooking cycle, you can just turn it back on.

  4. When the pork starts to get brown, add the carrots and sayote (you can also use potatoes but I am not a fan).

  5. Add salt, pepper, chili flakes.

  6. Cover to cook a little more.

  7. When the carrots get soft and the pork brown and tasty, it’s done!

Serving Suggestions: • Put rice in a bowl, add the Pork Giniling on top and add fried egg.

You can microwave a fried egg in low heat for 1-2 minutes. Put the egg in a small bowl with oil, salt, and pepper. Poke holes in your raw egg with a fork so it won’t explode in there.

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