5 Recipes for hostel kitchens

Hostel kitchens are not normally known for their excellent kitchens, filled with pots and pans, cheese graters and can openers (there are exceptions). Generally, the ones I’ve been in only have one or two pans, a blunt knife and a few plates. So how are you meant to cook something delicious, with limited resources, and with lots of other people all waiting for their turn at the hot plate? Luckily, your problems are solved! Some of my favourite food bloggers have kindly prepared some of their favourite recipes for hostel kitchens and, after reading them, you will be amazed what you can do with so little!

Delicious, healthy and fancy vegan toast by Hannah from The Plantbased Jetsetter

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  • Lentil toast
  • Heirloom tomato
  • Hummus (your choice of flavor! I used garlic hummus for this one)
  • Mashed avocado
  • Cayenne pepper (I’m the weirdo with a vial of cayenne pepper in her travel bag)
  • Pinch of sea salt


  1. Put them together, and you have a nutritious snack that will give you the energy you need to explore!

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Stove top pizza by Dara from The Travellers Cookbook

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When I lived in Ghana, I thought non-stop about food. Even though I tried to gorge myself incessantly on my favorite Ghanaian treats, it was no match for my deeply rooted love of certain Western delicacies. Specifically, pizza. I had to have it. And one fateful afternoon, in a small wooden house with no electricity and a gas canister stove with one working burner, I decided to attempt the elusive stove-top pizza.


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Tortillas as the pizza base


  1. Heat the olive oil and cook the onions on a medium flame until translucent. (about 10 minutes)
  2. Add the minced garlic and continue to cook until soft and fragrant. (2 minutes)
  3. Add the diced tomatoes and reduce the flame to low. (5 minutes)
  4. Add the oregano and basil. Continue to simmer. (5 minutes)
  5. Add the tomato paste, sugar, and salt. Allow to simmer. (10 minutes)
  6. Heat the frying pan on medium. Add a table spoon of olive oil. Fry one side of the crust until some spots are golden brown. (About five minutes)
  7. Flip the crust. Quickly add the sauce and sprinkle cheese and toppings.
  8. Cover with a lip or a ceramic plate to melt the cheese.
  9. When the cheese is melted, your pizza is done! Put on a large plate, cut, and ENJOY!

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Korean Ramen by Sarah from Tales from a Fork

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Source: Ramen by 5th Luna on Flickr

Eating ramen at home or a hostel can be just as delicious as in restaurants if you do it right like we did growing up in our Korean home. This meal is quick and easy, and has a lot of vegetables to combat the salty flavor mix that comes with the noodles. If you’re watching out for your sodium intake, then only use half the packet.


  • Packet of Ramen noodles (any type)
  • Potato
  • Egg
  • Scallions
  • Bean Sprouts
  • Carrots


  1. Boil water for ramen noodles. In the meantime, cut up potatoes into small cubes, and dice up scallions and carrots.
  2. Toss the potatoes and carrots into the boiling water. When almost cooked, add in ramen noodles and the soup packet.
  3. Then crack an egg into the pot. You can either let the egg cook as is, or you can mix it into the broth depending on if you want your egg whole or in small pieces.
  4. When the noodles are almost done, toss in the scallions and bean sprouts.
  5. Enjoy right out of the pot.

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Pesto pasta by Evan from Pretty Wild World

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  • 1 jar of ready made green pesto
  • 200 g dried pasta
  • 90g grated parmesan
  • a bunch of rocket
  • about a handful of cherry tomatoes
  1. Cook pasta according to packet instructions
  2. Once cooked, drain and stir through the green pesto
  3. Add in cherry tomatoes, and top with the rocket and parmesan

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Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas by Grassroots Nomad!

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After some time living in Guatemala, it seems that quesadillas have weaseled their way into my cooking repertoire and on my recent visit to Seattle, I found myself cooking these for dinner. Easy and delicious!


  • Tortillas (2 per quesadilla)
  • Shredded roast chicken (optional. We bought a chicken from the supermarket for sandwiches then used the leftovers for this dish)
  • Grated cheese
  • Coriander
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • Chilli (fresh or powder)


  1. In a frying pan, gently saute the chopped red onion with the chili and chicken. You can add different meats or veggies to suit your tastes and available ingredients. After a few minutes add some coriander and stir.
  2. Transfer to a bowl and gently wipe out the pan.
  3. Place one tortilla in the pan, add a bit of cheese followed by the chicken mix, more cheese and then the top tortilla.
  4. The cheese should start to melt and once the bottom tortilla browns, flip it over.
  5. Cook for a few minutes until browned and cheese is gooey.
  6. Transfer to a plate, cut into sections, and enjoy! This is also delicious with guacamole if you can find any avocados.

What is your favourite hostel recipe? Comment below with your best!

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Grassroots Nomad

They totally would! I really want to do an RV trip around the US so I will have to perfect these before then!


Reading this had made me so hungry! I love the look of the ramen and chicken and cheese quesadillas. I’m going to have to give cooking is hostels a go.

Grassroots Nomad

Haha, I’m glad you liked them Dominic! I think you will have to book into the nearest hostel to give them a test run!

Grassroots Nomad

Thanks Wendy! The kids would probably have a lot of fun making them as well 🙂

Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren

Oh I really shouldn’t have read this on an empty stomach…! I could go for that pizza or quesadilla right now. I loved reading this, even if it was torture 😉

Thanks for sharing and happy travels!

Grassroots Nomad

I know! I’m not in a hostel at the moment but I think I will have to give that pizza a try asap!

Marteen Lane

What a brilliant idea for a post! When I move to Canada I’ll be living in a hostel for the first couple of weeks so will definitely be some of these out. You’re quesadillas look delicious, although I’d use quorn style chicken pieces 🙂

Grassroots Nomad

Thanks Marteen! They would be great with some roasted/sauteed veggies in them instead of chicken. Where in Canada are you moving to? We are moving to Vancouver in September 🙂


Oh now that’s a great idea! Initially I had thought of Vancouver. I’m flying into Vancouver anyway. But I gave a tour to a group of Canadians last week and one of them told me that Victoria on Vancouver Island would be better if I was looking for work as a tour guide. It’s more touristy and the rent is cheaper than Vancouver city. I’m heading in August. Are you looking forward to it?

Grassroots Nomad

Sounds great! I’ve heard Vancouver Island is incredible. We will probably be in Vancouver City but we will have to see what jobs we find. I can’t wait to be in one place and earn money! 🙂


Great tips here! Will keep in mind when we are staying in cabins this summer. Don’t know why I hadn’t thought of ramen before. Yum!

Amanda Williams

This is a great idea for a post and applies to making dinner on the road in other scenarios with limited facilities, not just in hostels but also campervans etc.

Stella @ Travelerette

These look great! The last time I stayed in a place with a hostel kitchen was a year ago in Chicago, and I’ve never tried cooking anything more complicated than cereal with milk. But I think even I could handle the toast recipe!

Grassroots Nomad

Haha, sometimes we all just want a bowl of cereal!! Glad you found these helpful and hopefully easy to make for yourself!

Sarah @ Expat of the World

Great post and so easy to follow! I absolutely LOVE the look of the avocado and hummus, I must find this lentil bread or learn how to make it!!!

Grassroots Nomad

Luckily it would work with any type of bread (or even tortillas if you are in Central America like I am at the moment). The lentil bread looks amazing! Have you had a look at The Plant Based Jetsetter? She has lots of recipe suggestions so there might even be lentil bread!

Grassroots Nomad

haha, timing is everything! Glad it is helpful and enjoy Iceland!!!


This brings back memories. I stayed in hostels for years and subsisted almost entirely by eating things on toast. Cheese, avocado, pb, pesto, tomato, eggs, whatever I could find: put it on toast. Luckily…I really, really like toast.

I also like the ramen suggestion. Jazzing up instant noodles goes a long way to making them easier to eat frequently, and the options there are pretty endless.

Grassroots Nomad

Haha, it is amazing how many different things you can put on toast! Do you still love toast or are you sick of it now? I had porridge every day in Canada for a year when I didn’t have any money. 6 years later and I haven’t eaten porridge since!


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