Is budgeting your weekly or monthly allowance for food cause you stress? Add the fact that it’s always frustrating having to plan where to eat every.single.time.


Worry no more! If your dorm allows you to have a portable stove or mini refrigerator, below are five tipid meals with a twist you could prepare in your own dormitories and share with your roommates to lessen your food expenses with very little effort!

 With this article, you’ll know how to make these healthy yet affordable and  “never heard about dish” in just easy steps.

  1. Talong fillet

All you need is eggplant (talong), bread crumbs, flour, eggs and cooking oil.

  • Peel off the eggplant and slice it any size you want.
  • After peeling the eggplants, dip it in the flour (with salt and pepper). Next, dip it in the egg (also with salt and pepper to taste) lastly dip it in the breadcrumbs for a crunchier taste.
  • After doing the three “dip it process” it’s now ready to fry till golden brown.

Now you’re ready to eat. You can dip it in mayo or ketchup whichever you prefer. And with just less than 100 pesos you and the whole barkada can enjoy your meal.

  1. Pasta Spanish Sardines

Spaghetti dish with a twist! Eating spaghetti with the protein rich taste of fish (sardines) instead of the saucy red sauce. A Filipino pasta dish suited for students who needs food prepared in a health way.

Ingredients needed:

  • Pasta paghetti
  • Cooking oil
  • Garlic (minced), onion (chopped), tomato (chopped)
  • 2 (110g) cans Spanish sardines (the one with white sauce)
  • cheese
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper and salt to taste
  • Bread crumbs
  1. In large pot with boiling water, add enough cooking oil (just for the pasta not to stick with the pot). Add the spaghetti, and cook until al dente, for 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Place another oil in a pan and heat over medium. Stir in the garlic, onion and tomato. When slightly cooked add the Spanish sardines with its white sauce. Add also enough breadcrumbs to somehow thicken the sauce. In 2 to 3 minutes, add pepper and salt to taste and remove from the heat. If desired, serve with additional cheese.

A sossy dish made for you to refresh your day! This is perfect for your merienda when staying at your dormitory. Share this with your roommates for lower expenses.

  1. Stir-fry veggie with tofu

For a college student like you who’s always busy with school works, you need a power food to boost your mind and body needed for school.

Ingredients needed:

  • Onion and garlic (Chopped)
  • Cooking oil
  • Carrots (julienne chopped)
  • Cabbage (finely chopped)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Tofu (dice chopped)
  • Oyster sauce (sachet)


In a pan, add cooking oil and tofu. When slightly golden brown, set aside in your pan then add the chopped garlic and onion. After 2 minutes, add the carrot until cooked. Next is add the cabbage, salt and pepper to taste. Lastly, add the oyster sauce.

Place in a plate and enjoy this power easy to eat, boosting food with your friends!

  1. Silog Meals

A very typical Filipino food we usually eat every breakfast time. But for those students whose budget is tight, eating this tipid meals needs no time consideration.

Food in the plate:

  • Fried egg
  • Sinangag or fried rice
  • Fried hotdog, / fried chicken / beef tapa / fried meat loaf/ longganisa (or any that you prefer to add in your plate together with the sinangag and egg)

A simple to prepare or usually to buy in every food chains or food stalls out there that offers this Filipino favorite meal that wouldn’t cost you so much.

  1. DIY Chao Fan

You don’t need to go anymore to Chowking just to eat chao fan. You can now do it your own! Putting all the ingredients you want together with the rice.


  • Cooking oil
  • Rice
  • Garllic
  • Cooked Hotdog (chopped)
  • Cooked meat loaf (chopped)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Soy sauce
  • Siomai

In a pan, add cooking oil and garlic. Then add the the rice and mixed with cooked food like chopped hotdog and meat loaf, little amount of soy sauce and salt and pepper to taste. When cooked, put in a bowl and add siomai if preferred. This will just cost you again with less than 100 with lots of servings.

With this tipid foods you can prepare from Monday to Friday, you and your roommates, friends and barkadas will surely increase your savings as you budget your food allowance the right way. So what are you waiting for? Try preparing these meals now. (Amy Zafra)


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