Be it for a planned party or a last-minute meal, having the right ingredients on hand can save you a trip to the store when you are strapped for time. These must-have staples made it onto the list of our Domestic Diva Awards 2019/20 – and they should make it into your pantry too!
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Text: Annabel Middleton
Royal Umbrella Thai Hom Mali Rice
With its soft and fluffy texture, it is no wonder this aromatic jasmine rice remains a favourite with Asian families. The company’s rice specialists work closely with farmers to ensure that harvesting processes comply with proper cultivation standards.
Naturel Organic 100% Hom Mali Brown Rice
Naturally cholesterol-free and gluten-free, this single-origin rice is harvested from Sisaket province in northeast Thailand where its seasonal climate and inland nature of the rice plains give the rice its signature nutty flavour.
Okome Shortgrain Rice
With its sweet taste and sticky texture, this premium shortgrain rice makes a perfect addition to your next meal, be it a bento rice set or a tasty porridge with your favourite meats.
SongHe Mixed Fragrant Rice + Noble Red Rice
Boost fibre, vitamins and minerals in your next bowl of rice when you try this one with 20 per cent unpolished red cargo rice added into the mix to increase its nutritional content.
San Remo Spaghetti No. 5
Fancy a plate of carbonara or bolognese spaghetti? Made from 100 per cent durum wheat, this versatile pasta is known for its superior taste and can hold sauces well, giving you an authentic experience at every meal.
Barilla Organic Spaghetti
For al dente perfection, bring healthy eating to your table with these high-quality strands of organic durum wheat that are sustainably cultivated and made without the use of any genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Naturel Organic 100% Brown Rice Fusilli
With its tinge of nutty flavour and a more al dente texture, this gluten-free pasta is a nutritious alternative to regular wheat pasta for those who want a healthier choice.
Maggi Big Curry Flavour 2 Minute Noodles
For a quick lunch or late-night nibble, this is so easy to make – just combine the noodles and sachet of curry seasoning into a pot of boiling water, simmer for a couple of minutes, and voila!
Samyang 2x Spicy Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen Instant Noodles
Love a little kick in your soup noodles? This one turns up the heat with its double-duty formula which is twice as spicy as the original version. Get your tissues ready for teary eyes and a runny nose!
Nissin Cup Noodles Kyushu White Flavour
Satisfy hunger pangs in a jiffy with these yummy noodles that come in a microwaveable cup for convenience. Flavoured with the aroma of garlic oil and sesame seeds, its chicken base soup warms up your belly nicely.
Hai Di Lao Soup Base For Hot Pot
Love the steamboat at Hai Di Lao restaurant? Now, you can recreate the very same experience in your own home with this delicious soup base which is perfect for boiling up fresh meats, seafood and noodles.
Campbell’s Real Stock – Chicken
A good dish requires a good base – and this chicken stock takes the cake. Made with carrots, celery, onions, parsley, beetroot, lettuce, watercress and baby spinach, it guarantees full-bodied flavour for your soups and casseroles.
MaLing Pork Luncheon Meat
Whichever way you slice or dice it, this savoury pre-cooked meat is well-loved across Asia and pairs perfectly with fried rice, noodles or ramen. Or, fix a quick sandwich with ketchup or chilli sauce – so good!
Ayam Brand Sardines in Tomato Sauce
A great source of iron and omega 3/6 fatty acids, these sardines are no stranger to Asian households. Not only do they taste great, but they also contain vital nutrients to boost immunity and promote heart health.
John West Tempters Tuna – Lemon & Cracked Pepper
Mix up a tangy tuna salad for your picnic sandwiches with this flaked skipjack tuna which is not only flavoured with zesty lemon and black pepper but is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Hosen Fruit Cocktail in Syrup – Premium
This refreshing concoction of fresh peaches, pears, pineapple, cherries and grapes from South Africa makes for a juicy, ready-to-eat dessert – enjoy on its own or pair it with a slice of pound cake.
Farmland Premium Shoestring Fries – Grade A
Thrill your family with a Western meal paired with these tasty French fries which are made from potatoes harvested in the northwestern United States. To prepare, just put it in the oven from frozen – no thawing required.
CP Shrimp Wonton – Jumbo
Every bite reveals a big, succulent shrimp inside each wonton, leaving you wanting more. With eight pieces in each box (plus a package of soup powder), there just might be enough to satisfy your taste buds.
Sadia One by One Chicken Mid Joint Wing
Craving chicken wings? Try these, which have no added hormones, artificial flavours or preservatives. Individually frozen for optimum freshness and easy defrosting, you can easily grill up a batch for movie night.
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Sunshine Charcoal BBQ Chicken Pizza
Wow your dinner guests with these handcrafted artisanal pizzas that are made with a thin crust. Coated with SCS premium cheese and topped with juicy BBQ chicken, this feast will be the highlight of any party.
Haagen-Dazs Belgian Chocolate
Combining rich chocolate ice-cream with finely shaved Belgian chocolate, this cool confection is every chocolate lover’s dream. What are you waiting for – just pick up a spoon and dive in already!
Who can say no to velvety-smooth vanilla ice-cream encased in a delicate yet decadent Magnum chocolate? Bring out this popular popsicle for tonight’s dessert – it is sure to delight both young and old.
Unicurd Silken Tofu
A healthy dose of isoflavones and soy protein can help to prevent heart disease. This soft tofu is made with 100 per cent premium soya beans and is ideal for adding into your soups, salads or desserts.
Ayam Brand Coconut Milk
Whether you are making chicken curry, tom kha gai soup or mango pudding, this coconut milk that is enhanced with coconut water adds that rich and creamy texture to your dishes.
Seng Choon Lower Cholesterol Carrot Eggs
Be it hard-boiled, soft-boiled or fried, eggs make a hearty meal. These UV-sterilised eggs are not only lower in cholesterol, but they also contain lutein as well as vitamins A and E to help protect your eyes.
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Dumex Mamil Gold Soy Growing Up Milk Formula
For particularly sensitive little tummies, this is formulated with Preci Nutri+ system of nutrients to support a healthy digestive tract while steering clear of allergy-triggering lactose, cow’s milk protein and sucrose.
Enfagrow A+ Stage 4 Growing Up Milk Powder
Give your kids a headstart in their mental and physical growth with this formula which contains dietary fibre to aid in digestion while zinc, iron and beta-glucan boost immunity to support their natural defences.
Karihome Goat Milk Growing-Up Formula
Containing AA and DHA, which are important building blocks for eye and brain development, this formula enhances the natural goodness of goat’s milk in order to meet the nutritional needs of growing toddlers.