Sometimes food delivery may not always be the best option, especially if you’re craving something that is not in your neighbourhood. Thanks to these ready-to-cook DIY meal kits from well-known restaurants and food brands, you can turn yourself into an instant chef or baker! All you have to do is reheat ingredients or do simple cooking like boiling. Get the little ones in on it as well so it becomes a fun family activity.
Here are 23 DIY meal kits that will help you achieve restaurant-worthy results in your own kitchen:
A collaboration between Michelin Chef Beppe De Vito and local artisanal pasta maker Ben Fatto, their limited edition grocery box includes two options. Neapolitan Dream ($58) includes handmade rigatoni alongside house-cured Guanciale, tomato and basil sauce, calabrian chili sauce, and burrata cheese and Taggiasche olives. Be Whisked To Bologna ($58) includes handmade Bucatini, alongside house-cured Pancetta, fresh wild rucola, pistachio pesto, cherry tomatoes, and Parmigiano Reggiano.
Order slots open on October 2, 2020 and October 16, 2020 with only 100 boxes available each weekend.
A taco kit that serves 4-6 people, this family (and party) friendly meal ($78.80) is made with super-thin slices of pork that are marinated with their in-house recipe and spices from central Mexico. This set includes 1kg of Al Pastor cooked meat, guacamole salsa, chipotle salsa, corn tortillas, and toppings like chopped onion, pineapple, cilantro, and lime wedges.
The food service company that has been supplying premium ingredients to Michelin-starred restaurants and hotels for over 70 years, has launched its first-ever DIY meal sets. These sets are specially curated by their corporate chefs, and feature Angliss’s signature range of top-quality beef, pork and fish.
Whatever your meat craving, there’s a set to satisfy, including Korean BBQ sets (from $25 for marinated Bulgogi sliced beef), Premium Steak Set (from $15 for Salmon Fillet) which comes with seasonal veggies, Wagyu Burger sets (from $36 for grain-fed beef patty), as well as Nabemono Soup Sets with four types of meat to choose from (from $32 for 150g Kurobuta pork collar slices and 150g Duroc pork belly slices). Each Japanese nabemono set also comes with mixed vegetables, two eggs and your choice of either sukiyaki or shabu shabu soup base.
How to order: Visit their e-commerce site. Free delivery for purchases above $100.
Delivering dim sum might not always be the best experience as dumpling skins tend to dry out and start sticking to each other. Get your dim sum favourites fresh and piping hot thanks to the ready-to-cook section of Din Tai Fung’s delivery menu.
A new addition to their ready-to-cook selection is the Tianjin Cabbage & Pork Dumplings ($11 for 12 pieces), made with fragrant crisp Tianjin cabbage and premium minced pork in a flavoursome broth. The selection also includes a variety of their signature sweet and savoury buns, made with premium ingredients. They include frozen red bean buns ($8 for 6 pieces), frozen pork buns ($8.80 for 6 pieces) and more.
How to order: Visit the Din Tai Fung delivery site and check out their frozen food section or visit the official website for more information. Also available on GrabFood. Delivery charges calculated at checkout.
Ordering ramen can be tricky, especially when it comes to the soup. Some spillage is unavoidable and the noodles tend to get clumpy after the journey to your home. Thanks to these ramen kits ($20.90 each) from The Masses, you can easily prepare your own authentic Japanese ramen and enjoy it straight from the stove.
To save on delivery fees, you can buy them in bulk to keep as they can last up to two weeks in the freezer. Check out the rest of their menu for other delicious delivery options too!
Date night idea: Instead of going out, try an intimate night in and make your own sushi with your partner. Noka’s kit ($56.50) comes with bluefin tuna, salmon, Kanpachi, scallop, sweet shrimp, and vegetables.
Enjoy restaurant-grade steak in the comfort of your home with Morton’s The Steakhouse’s new prepare-at-home house specialities menus, which are now available for pick-up and delivery at a flat fee of $15. Whether you have a special occasion to celebrate or just want to treat yourself for the day, their steak kits (from $55) feature a range of customer favourite cuts and comprehensive instructions that you can prepare at home easily. Leave the prepping to them, all you have to do is fire up the grill.
To indulge further, you can choose to jazz up your steak kits with other add-ons like their side order set of Cold-Water Lobster Tail, four Sea Scallops and 4 Jumbo Shrimps ($58). Larger families can opt for the Ultimate Grill kits ($468), which consist of bigger portions and additional meats like the ribeye and the New York strip steak. With circuit breaker limitations, you can still enjoy a good meal at home as these are suitable for whipping up a fancy family meal with minimal fuss.
How to order: Call 6339 3740 or visit the Morton’s The Steakhouse website for more information.
Make pizza night a fun family activity with one of Amo’s pizza kits (from $20 for San Marzano tomato sauce). Each kit comes with their signature slow-fermented dough, tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella cheese and a bit of extra virgin olive oil and flour for dusting.
If you have kids at home, they will love shaping the dough and exercising their creativity with toppings. The pizza can be cooked on the stove before going into the oven or baked all the way in the oven.
To cook, you’ll need a 12-inch pizza pan or frying pan and a convection oven. The kit comes with an instruction card with a QR code. Scanning it takes you to the restaurant’s website with more detailed instructions and a very useful video tutorial.
You have to come up with your own toppings, though, such as cherry tomatoes and salami.
A perfect weekend activity for you and your little one, this baking project only takes 45 minutes of prep time and 20 minutes of bake time. The Little Miss Bento Baking Kit – Little Bear Muffin ($30) gives you eight muffins, and it comes with all the ingredients in the kit. Muffin baking cups included, and even add-ons like heart candies.
Each customisable kit ($32 to $38, depending on sauce) comes with fresh housemade pasta of your choice wrapped in paper, your chosen sauce in a glass container, as well as small bags of rock salt and extra virgin olive oil. What sets this restaurant’s meal kits apart is that each kit comes with a card listing the ingredients and a QR code. Scan the code to view an instructional video by chef Denis Lucchi, so you don’t have to worry about messing up.
For equipment, you just need a pot for boiling pasta and a pan for heating up sauce.
This shows the steps: Cook the pasta in boiling water with the rock salt. Heat up the sauce in the pan, add the cooked pasta and the olive oil, stir and plate.
You have a choice of housemade pasta from tagliolini, tagliatelle and pappardelle. Sauces are Amatriciana Style ($32), Al Pesto ($32) and Crab And Fresh Sicilian Tomato ($38).
How to order: Visit this website and click on “view takeaway menu”. Call 6733 0209 or 9456 3147 to order. Delivery fee of $10 to $20 depending on distance.
Or go to the Oddle website (minimum order of $50 and islandwide delivery fee of $8).
LeVeL33 has a big range of DIY kits separated into meats, seafood, pastas and salads. Consider their Steak with Pepper Sauce Kit ($18), which includes a 200g piece of raw steak marinated with soya sauce and koji paste in a sealed bag (choice of sirloin, ribeye or tenderloin), black pepper sauce, mixed salad and balsamic dressing.
With just a frying pan and a small pot, cooking the beef is easy. Just sear it on the pan, then let it rest for five minutes. Warm up the pepper sauce in the pot and either use it to glaze the cooked steak or serve separately. Dress the salad with the balsamic sauce and dinner is ready.
Instructions can be found on the e-shop website.
How to order: Visit this website or WhatsApp 8511 4613. Delivery charge of $15, free for orders of $80 and above.
Fix your chicken curry craving with this DIY kit from Quentin’s ($20.80). Each sealed bag comprises of chicken pieces, cocktail sausages and bacon bones marinated in curry spice mix; a bag of potatoes; a bag of cabbage, cucumber and chilli padi; and a small bag of fried ginger julienne.
All you need is a big pot to cook everything in. The bag comes with a printed sheet of six simple steps.
You empty everything into the pot with water, bring it to a boil, simmer, season, plate and garnish with the ginger julienne. To avoid a watery curry, add water gradually. Add 200 ml water first, then if the gravy gets too thick, you can add more water during the cooking. Also, five minutes of simmering is too short unless you like your cabbage crunchy, so leave it on the stove for at least 15 to 20 minutes.
Quentin’s also sells cook-it-yourself kits for other Eurasian dishes such as Prawn Bostador ($20.80) and Porku Tambreyno ($18.80). You can get a set of three for $49.50.
How to order: Visit their website. Delivery charge calculated at checkout. Free islandwide delivery for orders over $80.
This comprehensive package ($32, serves 2) goes beyond just pasta and sauce — you also get oil, salt and cheese for seasoning, as well as fresh basil leaves as a garnish.
Menu mainstays are the bolognese and mushroom sauce, made with organic Kin Yan mushrooms. What stands out is the special beef brisket ragu rigatoni for its rich and meaty sauce. The rigatoni is the perfect canvas to hold all the sauce. The flavourful ragu requires minimal seasoning, so you can keep the oil and salt for other dishes.
Where: 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819
How to order: WhatsApp 9672 8959 for takeaways or visit the Open Farm Community website. Minimum order of $30. Delivery at $8 for delivery distance of 0-5 km and $10 more than 5 km.
Thanks to this bistro-cum-gourmet grocer, French cuisine can be delivered right to your door step and you’ll be able to have them freshly prepared. Their delivery portal offers a range of French delicacies like ready-to-cook beef cheeks ($32), braised lamb shank ($34) and duck confit parmentier ($38). They also have a range of creamy soups in a convenient bottle (from $10.20) so you can heat them up as and when you’d like.
Check out the rest of their menu for appetising cold cuts, charcuterie platters and other cooking ingredients!
Enjoy fresh pasta with the whole family without the fuss of making your own pasta! Bar Cicheti’s fresh pasta kit (from $15) comes with two servings of fresh pasta, sauce of choice, condiments and simple easy to follow instructions.
They offer order pickups as well as delivery right to your doorstep for a fee.
Address: 10 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089264
Experience indulgent gourmet dishes from different cuisines with these ready-made meals from Marks and Spencer. Their range of prepared meal dishes include Italian pasta like Mushroom Papperdelle ($9.90); Italian wood-fired pizzas such as the Chargrilled Vegetable & Basil Pesto Wood-fired Pizza ($18.90); and British classics like Fish& Chips ($9.90). If you’re looking for vegetarian options, consider the Vegetable Moussakato Butternut and Spinach & Ricotta Lasagne ($9.90). Plus, all their meals are halal certified.
Each meal comes with detailed instructions and can be prepared in minutes, allowing you and your family to enjoy a delicious variety of food with convenience.
How to order: The ready-prepared meals are available at Wheelock Place, VivoCity, Parkway Parade and OneRaffles Place. Check with your nearest outlet for availability. Visit the Marks & Spencer website for more information.
You can still enjoy authentic Korean cuisine at home, thanks to Ajumma’s Korean Restaurant. To satiate your Korean food cravings, the restaurant offers 10 survival kits for easy cooking. They include well-known dishes like Kimchi Pancake ($10.90), Beef Bulgogi ($14.90) and Army Stew ($17.90). All the ingredients are freshly packed and come with simple instructions.
Check out their Instagram account for easy to follow video tutorials as well.
How to order: Get your meal kits via Instagram, or dial 8798 2305. Free delivery for DIY meal kits.
Now you can get your favourite menu items from Park Bench Deli freshly prepared and cooked as they offer convenient DIY meal kits with pickup and delivery islandwide. Each kit has everything you’ll need to fit two to four people, making it a great choice for family lunch or dinner.
Their menu offers delicious options like the Pastrami Reuben DIY kit ($75 for four sandwiches), Roast Chicken DIY kit ($60 for four sandwiches) and more. Plus, each kit comes freshly packed with four Ramona Wine Spritzers for you to enjoy.
With circuit breaker constrains, they are only operating from Wednesdays to Sundays, 11am to 8pm.
Address: 179 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068627
Feast on Summer Hill restaurant’s signature roast chicken ($45, serves two to three) with all the trimmings sans the hassle of preparation.
For bigger groups of up to five people, choose from the Cape Grim grass-fed ribeye roast ($198), which comes with porcini mushroom cream sauce; or roasted Kurobuta pork collar ($120, serves three to four) in Dijon mustard sauce.
All sets include duck fat-roasted potatoes, spring vegetables and slow-roasted garlic confit. The ingredients are pre-cooked and vacuum-packed – with re-heating instructions – and can be stored for up to three days before consumption.
Where: #01-62, 106 Clementi Street 12, Singapore 120106
Support Singapore’s farms with a newly launched subscription pack filled with curated local produce. This initiative is by The Local Farm (TLF), a concept offering ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook products under nature-based events company Gardenasia.
Delivered on a weekly basis, the pack comprises pasteurised eggs from N&N Agriculture, quail eggs from Lian Wah Hang, vegetables (weekly rotation of xiao bai cai, cai xin hua, sharp spinach, round spinach and kang kong) from Yili Vegetation and fish fillets (weekly rotation of seabass and red snapper) from The Fish Farmer.
Two packets of ready-to-cook chowder will also be included in the deliveries every month — a collaboration between The Fish Farmer and local restaurant chain The Soup Spoon.
To kick-start this initiative, TLF needs to hit 500 or more subscribers for a six-month period to assure farmers of steady demand over a length of time.
The initiative will launch with a monthly subscription fee (from $185) for a six-month contract. Interest-free instalments are available for UOB cardholders. At the moment, TLF is still collecting subscribers so if you’re interested to get this started, express your interest in the link below to keep up with updates!
The iconic Earthquake mega sundae ($25.47) at restaurant chain Swensen’s now comes conveniently packed in a box. Pick eight flavours from 24 options such as the classic Sticky Chewy Chocolate and Durian King, as well as Butterfly Pea Flower Milk Tea and Dark Chocolate Truffle.
Don’t miss out on the toppings — hot fudge sauce, butterscotch sauce, strawberry sauce, pineapple sauce, blueberry sauce, marshmallow sauce, hot caramel sauce and cold fudge, almonds, whipped cream and maraschino cherries — which come free of charge.
How to order: Via Deliveroo, GrabFood, FoodPanda. Visit the Swensen’s website for more information.
Learn to bake like local pastry chef Janice Wong, with her recently launched Bake at Home range, which comprises cake premixes, baking ingredients, equipment and accessories.
Flavours for the premix packs (from $4.90) include red velvet chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookie and green tea cake. A step-by-step recipe is provided and will also state whether fresh ingredients such as milk, yogurt, oil or eggs are required.
The kits are also part of Janice Wong Singapore’s monthly subscription boxes ($35 a month for six months). Each month, the surprise box is filled with hands-on activities, sweet treats as well as new and exclusive items.
Where: B1-K28 Paragon, 290 Orchard Road; 2am: dessertbar and Janice Wong Singapore at Raffles City Shopping Centre are temporarily closed.
Bake your own lava cookies from Creamery Boutique Ice Creams Singapore, which has launched three frozen options. Pick from Chocalot (chocolate lava with butter cookie), Monster Matcha (green tea lava with butter cookie) or Red Devil (cream cheese lava with red velvet cookie).
The cookies are priced at $4.90 a piece or $3 a piece with any order of an ice-cream pint (from $17).
To bake, set your oven to 170 deg C and place the cookie on a baking tray. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes till the cookie is golden brown and its centre is molten. Heap a scoop of ice cream on top to get that oozy lava effect. But before that, get your camera ready for that Instagram shot.
Where: #01-03, 139 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207557
How to order: Call 8133 1250 or visit the Creamery website. Best to pre-order three days in advance. Free island-wide delivery for orders $50 and above on designated slots.
Text: Eunice Quek & Wong Ah Yoke/Straits Times, Additional reporting: Tan Gin Yee, Elizabeth Liew & Farisia Thang
This post was first published on May 26, 2020, and updated on September 30, 2020.