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Tips on how to enjoy your trip to IKEA

I recreated these broccoli medallions that it ran out of

IKEA's GRÖNSAKSKAKA Vegetable Medallion (Photo from IKEA)

I was on two-week self-quarantine because we had exposure to a household with COVID-19. I was just following guidelines to the letter. I did not have any symptoms—nobody in our household did—but we still decided to stay put because there was really no reason to go out. So, we did our duties as upright citizens by staying home.

After two weeks, I thought I should clock in some steps to my pedometer and go out and get some sun. It was a Monday morning, and IKEA was on my mind.

Overall, the trip was pleasant. By this time, I no longer had to wait in line for three hours to enter the store, nor fall in line for another three hours to check the goods. I even posted a TikTok showing there was no line, and damn, did it go viral. (Unfortunately, there’s probably a line now again because of this!)

@thekitchendiaristYou no longer have to wait in line at Ikea Philippines. 😂♬ original sound – The Kitchen Diarist

Tips on how to enjoy your trip to IKEA:

  1. Parking. My mistake was parking at Mall of Asia (MOA), with access to IKEA. It was a convenient walk across, as there was a direct access. I didn’t think I would be going home with a slatted bed base, so obviously I wouldn’t be able to carry it from the store to the parking! The most convenient parking would be on the second floor of MOA Square, where IKEA is located. There are loading docks where you can park and load your haul for 20 minutes.

    LURÖY Slatted bed base (Photo from IKEA)

  2. Shoes. Wear comfortable walking shoes. It is the biggest IKEA in the world, after all.

  3. Vaccination card. IKEA no longer requires online registration; you may now walk in. Make sure to bring your vaccination card, as that’s their only requirement. There was a comment on my TikTok that they weren’t allowed to go in because unvaccinated kids aren’t allowed. He was annoyed that his unvaccinated toddler wasn’t allowed despite his parents being “fully vaccinated and boostered,” as if that alone could prevent his kid from getting the virus. IKEA is not a playground. For my mom, it probably is. The point is, we’re still in a pandemic. Please don’t expose your kids outside. There are other options if you want to bring them outside, and IKEA is not one of them.

  4. Restaurant. There was a line going to the food counters, but since I was with my senior mom, they let us get on the priority lane, and I had to wait only about 15 minutes to start taking my pick. It’s a self-service, cafeteria-style restaurant, so please don’t expect gourmet food, either. I had Swedish meatballs, chicken wings, and carrot cake because they didn’t have the salmon with broccoli medallions that I like. Don’t get me started on the food, because it was underwhelming at best. I just recreated my favorite, and below is the recipe for the broccoli medallions.

  5. Merchandise pick-up. When you decide to buy bulky pieces—in my case, a bed base—the store staff will issue an invoice so you can pay at the check-out counters, and you get the item at the merchandise pick-up area. I only waited a few minutes, seated in a comfortable lounge, to receive my order. There is also an option for same-day delivery using Mober delivery service.

  6. Market hall. The market hall is on the lower floor. I suggest you go through the maze, er, the showroom first and take a photo of the items that you like, and pick them up at the market hall. You can find some of the items in between showrooms, but the market hall has most of what you can see in the showroom, and it is organized according to where you need it—bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, etc.

As I mentioned, don’t expect much from the restaurant. It is what it is—cafeteria food. I bought frozen meatballs from their market, and I will be “repurposing” those for other savory dishes like baked meatball subs or meatballs spaghetti or butter chicken meatballs. But for now, I have recreated this old favorite of mine. These are called Grönsakskaka, and it was the only reason I wanted to eat in the Swedish restaurant. Unfortunately, they were not serving this when I got there. Here’s my take on this vegetable medallion.

IKEA’s GRÖNSAKSKAKA Vegetable Medallion (Photo from IKEA)


  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped finely
  • Bunch of spring onion, chopped finely
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 100 grams broccoli, chopped
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • 200 grams potato, cut in small cubes
  • Salt to taste


  • On a medium skillet, add olive oil, then butter.
  • Sauté onions, spring onions and garlic.
  • Add the potatoes and cook until soft. 
  • Add the broccoli and cook until tender.
  • Transfer to a mixing bowl and let cool.
  • Add cheese.
  • Roll into balls and flatten into patty cakes.
  • Pan-fry the patties the on the same skillet until golden brown.
  • Serve as a side dish, or eat on its own.
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Spanning two decades of a career in publishing, she began to see the lockdown as a priceless boon – for it has given her the leisure of unleashing her potential as an amateur baker, writer, and digital publisher.

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