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 18 DIY meal kits that will help you achieve restaurant-worthy results in your own kitchen:
If the ramen you ordered didn’t deliver as well as you thought it would (soggy noodles? Ugh), then Ippudo’s got the thing for you. It has drummed up DIY ramen kits so you can easily whip up a bowl of steaming hot ramen at home.
You’ll get various options, from the brand’s signature Shiromaru or Akamaru ramen to a fiery Karaka ramen, and each kit comes with instructions and ingredients to create your own satisfying bowl. Available for takeaway or delivery from its Oddle page, GrabFood, Foodpanda and Deliveroo.
Gourmet and specialty foods store Ryan’s Grocery has a newly updated range of ready-to-cook products that’ll make for a lovely stay-home dinner date or impress guests during an intimate gathering.
For most of the dishes, all you have to do is brush egg wash over the crust, then pop it into the oven according to the time on its instructions.
The Beef Wellington ($26 for 200g) is a must-order, which will leave you with a delightfully golden crust enveloping a tender and juicy hunk of meat. You’ll also want to get the juicy Pork Sausage Pinwheels ($15.75 for six) as well as the Chicken Caprese ($6.50).
A taco kit that serves 4-6 people, this family (and party) friendly meal ($95.20) is made with super-thin slices of pork that are marinated with its 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.
Make pizza night a fun family activity with one of Amo’s pizza kits (from $21.40 for San Marzano tomato sauce). Each kit comes with its 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 can come up with your own toppings, though, such as vegetables and cured meats, or order additional toppings through the site from $3. Islandwide delivery is available at $10.70.
Fire up the grill. Barossa Steak & Grill has rolled out barbeque kits from $180 (good for four) with meats like marinate shoyu baby back ribs, Brazilian spicy pork sausages, grass-fed ribeye and marinated lamb rack to make for a hearty feast. Plus, you’ll get seasoning and glazes like fleur de sel, red wine bourdelaise, and shoyu garlic glaze.
Takeaway and islandwide delivery is available.
When the pasta cravings hit while you’re working from home, it’s when Da Paolo’s Work From Home Starter Kit ($49.90) comes in handy.
The hamper comprises Da Paolo’s fresh handmade pasta together with a jar of organic pasta sauce that you can easily toss together for fuss-free meal. It’s also got a bag of tarallini to snack on, as well as assorted marzipan to end your meal on a sweet note.
Craving Luke’s Lobster? Apart from ordering delivery from the seafood shack, you can head to Fairprice Finest to get DIY Lobster Mac & Cheese ($31), Lobster Meat With Seasoning ($42 for 227g), Lobster Bisque ($17), and more for your DIY crustacean dinner.
How to order: Visit any FairPrice Finest stores except for Funan, 111 Somerset, and Changi City Point.
Whether you have a craving for comforting herbal ginseng chicken ($9.80), Hainanese chicken rice ($13.80 for a family of four), or chawanmushi ($6.50), Fish Soup Paradise has the meal kits to satisfy your appetite. Got a hotpot craving? Go for the batang fish and red grouper fish head steamboat sets.
Its ingredients come in vacuum-sealed packages, which you can toss in the fridge or freezer (refer to its instructions), and all you have to do is boil them or steam them.
Learn to bake like local pastry chef Janice Wong, with her Bake at Home range, which comprises Bake At Home premixes, baking ingredients, equipment, and accessories.
With the Bake At Home premixes, whipping up cakes, cookies, or brownies is simplified for the home baker. You only need to add measured ingredients like oil, eggs, cream, and dark chocolate to create sumptuous treats such as Chocolate Cake, Banana Chocolate Cake, Scones, Double Chocolate Brownies, and more.
A step-by-step recipe is provided and will also state whether fresh ingredients such as milk, oil, or eggs are required.
Where: B1-K28 Paragon, Singapore 238859; and B1-48 Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103. 2am: dessertbar is open for takeaways and delivery islandwide through Grab, Foodpanda and Deliveroo.
If you love your pizza as much as the next person, now you can make it on your own, with Bella Pizza’s DIY kit, which contains soft, pillowy dough and your favourite toppings.
Both Single Dough Kit ($18) and Double Dough Kit ($25) include mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, Tuscan tomato sauce, and basil leaves. You can also opt for extra toppings such as pineapples ($2) and salami ($5). There’s even a Calzone Kit ($22), so you can create that flaky, cheesy, savoury goodness at home.
If you need some guidance on making pizza, refer to the recipe cards that come with your delivery, or watch the video tutorials on its Facebook page.
Where: 30 Robertson Quay, #01-14 Riverside View, Singapore 238251
How to order: Call 6734 0139 or visit its website. DIY kits are also available for takeaway.
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 from $4.90 a piece or sold as part of special packs and bundles with ice cream.
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.
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.
Feast on Summer Hill restaurant’s signature roast chicken ($25 for half chicken) 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 or truffle mashed potatoes together with spring vegetables. 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
Over at Prepped, you’ll find local flavours with a healthy twist, and a menu that is rotated weekly. Think healthy yet flavourful dishes like Quick Braised Bulgogi ($8.80), Cashew Chicken ($6.80), and Lemongrass Chicken with Cellophane Noodles ($7.80). These come washed, chopped, and marinated in vacuum-sealed packaging, and you’ll get to whip up a hot meal in under 10 minutes.
We love that the calorie count of each dish is included too, so you can keep track of your daily intake if you’re watching your diet.
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 Base Stew ($17.90). All the ingredients are freshly packed and come with simple instructions.
Check out its 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.
Craving a taco but don’t want to make a trip down to this Mexican taqueria? Make your own, with Papi’s Tacos DIY tacos (from $99) that can feed four to eight people. Select three fillings and three sides such as chicken, pulled pork chipotle aioli, heat up the tortillas and then stuff them with the fillings. Wash it all down with pre-mixed margaritas (from $60 per one-litre bottle), which come in flavours like classic lime and – for the braver ones – habanero chili.
Where: 39 Seah St, Singapore 188395
Text: Eunice Quek & Wong Ah Yoke/Straits Times, Additional reporting: Tan Gin Yee, Elizabeth Liew, Farisia Thang, Joyce Chua and Michelle Lee
This post was first published on May 26, 2020, and updated on December 30, 2020.