What’s Cooking?

Co-living is a form of living arrangement where people with the same interests and/or intentions share the same living space. It’s like having housemates but better because you are living with people who share the same values as yours. In the heart of Cebu City, Philippines, co-living was brought to life by the Start up Oasis Team, bringing together those who have a Startup idea to work, eat, and live with the team who will build it. In this article, they want to give you a glimpse of how this works by talking about one of the most important part of the day, LUNCH.

What to cook for lunch is chosen and prepared by Marlyn, the Chief-cook-officer. Marlyn cooks a Filipino meal for the whole team (17 persons) and buys her ingredients every day fresh from the nearbygrocery or from the public market. She starts cooking at 11:00AM and by 1:30PM, the team is seated around the table to share the meal that she prepared. The practice of eating together during lunch break has built a familial atmosphere around the team.

So, what’s typical Filipino meal in the Startup Oasis Villa? Marlyn shared the recipe of her favorite dishes (to pair with steamed rice): Chicken Adobo and Vegetable Soup.

Chicken Adobo

This is a classic Filipino dish and often joked about as the national dish of the Philippines because of itspopularity. This is also one of the easiest meat dishes to make and a Start up Oasis household favorite.

Ingredients: (17 servings)
3 kg Chicken meat
4 tbsp garlic, minced or crushed
plenty dried bay leaves
8 tbsp vinegar
1 cup soy sauce
3 tbsp whole pepper corn
8 cup water
salt to taste


1. Combine all the ingredients in a large pot. Let it marinate in the fridge for 1 to 3 hours.
2. Put the pot with all the ingredients over high heat and bring it to a boil. Then, reduce the heat and let it simmer for at least 15minutes or until the sauce thickens. Serve.

Vegetable Soup

This dish is one of the most colorful and nutritious Filipino dishes. It consists of a few varieties of vegetables and is also easy to make.

Ingredients: (17 servings)
6 eggplant, cut in half and sliced on an angle
8 Okra Sliced on an angle
3 Gingers, sliced
5 Tomatoes, wedged
2cups picked Alugbati (local Spinach)
1 whole Squash, sliced in cubes
1cup picked Malunggay leaves
2 patolas, peeled, cut in half and slice
Salt and Pepper to taste
10 Cups of water


1. Bring the water to a boil, add ginger and squash. Cover and let it boil for 8 more minutes.
2. Add: string beans, okra, tomatoes, and scallions. Once the liquid boils again, add the eggplant. Coverand let it boil for 10 more minutes.
3. Add the Patola and Malunggay leaves, cover and let it cook for 3-5 more minutes.
4. Add the Alugbati, salt and pepper to taste. Stir and serve.

The team loves Marlyn and her delicious cooking. Madz, one of the developers, shared her thoughts on this practice, “I like that lunch is served here because it eliminates the time we have to spend going out and solves the ever-occurring question, “what do I want to eat?”