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The best home cooking meal kits in Singapore

Cooking without the fuss

By Fabian Loo
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So you’re planning to cook up a feast with all that extra time you have on hands. But if you're a complete novice, it's hard to know where to start – especially when you can't even tell the difference between a clove of garlic and a shallot. Plus you’re lazy to stand in line at the supermarket. Thankfully, there’s an easy way out: meal kits. These convenient packages take all the fuss out of cooking – with pre-prepped ingredients and clear cooking instructions – leaving only the fun bits and allowing you to live your MasterChef dreams.

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Bochinche
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BoCHINche

Restaurants Argentinian Tanjong Pagar

Cooking the perfect steak at home can be an intimidating task. You have to choose the right cut of meat, make sure it's appropriately thick to ensure a charred crust and medium-rare interior, plus all the sauces and accompanying sides require some thought and effort too. BoCHINche's DIY Steak Set (from $53) takes the hassle of planning a beefy meal while making sure you still get to try your hand at the fun parts.

Each vacuum-sealed bag comes with a pre-marinated slab of meat and instructions on how to cook it just right. It also comes with your choice of potato gratin or parmesan asparagus and a portion of chimichurri sauce for an added zing.

Minimum order $30
Delivery fee $8-$10
Order here shop.bochinche.com.sg

So France Braised lamb shank
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So France

Restaurants French Rochor

A hallmark of a truly convenient meal kit: minimal washing up. For So France’s ready-to-eat meals, it’s braised lamb shank ($34) in particular comes in two neatly packed packages. To prepare, immerse the packets – meat and side of luscious polenta – in boiling water to heat up. There’s no need to dirty a frying pan, or utilise multiple stove space. Other equally convenient options include the braised pork cheek ($26), homemade lasagna (from $22), and Coq au Vin for two ($48). 

Minimum order None
Delivery fee $10, free for orders above $120
Order here so-france.sg/product-category/ready-to-eat/

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Ippudo DIY ramen meal kit
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Ippudo

Restaurants Japanese Orchard

Everyone knows that a good ramen broth takes time. Hours are spent labouring over the stove to achieve a thick, flavourful base that’s characteristic of any tonkotsu ramen. But at Ippudo, you can now prep its signature noodles in your own kitchen in just a few minutes. Its DIY Ramen Meal Kit comes pre-packed with broth that has already been cooked for over 18 hours, alongside ramen noodles and the requisite fix-ins of pork belly chashu and black fungus. Choose from two different kits: the standard Shiromaru ($15.30), or the Akamaru Shinaji ($16.35) that comes with miso paste and garlic oil. 

Minimum order $50
Delivery fee $10
Order here ippudo.oddle.me/en_SG/ 

Bar Cicheti pasta kit
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Bar Cicheti

Restaurants Italian Chinatown

The restaurant is already known for its pasta, so you know that its DIY Fresh Pasta Kits aren’t going to disappoint. Forget the store-bought, commonly found shapes like spaghetti and linguine; Bar Cicheti offers tagliatelle ($9), pappardelle ($9), or casarecce ($7) to pair with your choice of beef bolognese ($12), lamb ragu with porcine ($13), arrabbiata ($8), or basil pesto ($9). Its fool-proof kits, with clear instructions and minimal steps, are guaranteed to make a chef out of you. Bonus: it’s possible to prep everything using just one pot, so that means fewer dishes to clean as well.

Minimum order None
Delivery fee $10
Order here oddle.barcicheti.com/en_SG/

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Open Farm Community
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Open Farm Community

Restaurants Global Tanglin

The DIY Pasta Kits ($32) from Open Farm Community lets you kickstart your cooking adventure with a classic beef bolognese that’s easy to make, and even easier to wolf down. Each pack, which is good for two servings, comes with rigatoni, carbon-neutral beef bolognese sauce, seasoning, and fresh garnish to complete the dish. Want to try your hand at something fancier? There’s also the organic mushroom tortellini set that’s often sold out, so it’s best to put in a pre-order early. The set even comes complete with mushroom bacon and an umami-packed sauce – complete with garnishes and easy-to-follow recipe cards that'll promise a piping hot meal in under 15 minutes (yes, we timed it).

Minimum order None
Delivery fee Varies according to your location 
Order here WhatsApp 96728959, or via local delivery platform Deliveroo

Amò pizza kit
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Amò

Restaurants Raffles Place

You don’t need to own a sourdough starter to create gourmet bakes. With Amò’s easy kit, you get to build an ultimate pizza without all the fuss. Before the pizza dough reaches you, it has already been fermenting in the restaurant’s kitchen for over two days to develop in flavour. All you need to do is to roll out the base into a 12-inch circle, and layer on sauces made from San Marzano tomatoes ($20), butternut pumpkin ($24), or truffle cream ($28). Top it with some accompanying buffalo mozzarella cheese and whatever ingredients you fancy from your own fridge, or stretch your creative muscle with trimmings from Amò’s pantry which includes broccolini ($6), grated parmigiana (from $2), and cured meats of pancetta (from $6) and parma ham ($6). 

Minimum order $40
Delivery fee $7, free for orders above $100
Order here amorestaurant.sg/pizzakit

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Ajumma's
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Ajumma's

Restaurants Korean City Hall

Making Korean food can be tricky if don’t have the right ingredients and spices. And even if you do, getting the proportions right and labouring over the stove can be hard work. Luckily, Ajumma has a series of DIY Survival Kits that simplifies your favourite Korean meals into a simple, easy-to-follow instructions. You’ll find selections that include the army base stew ($17.90), with spam, hot dogs, ramen, cheese, and Ajumma’s own army stew stock; chappaguri ($25.90) or ram-don (yes, it’s that dish from Netflix’s Parasite); and its signature beef kalbi ($17.90) made with boneless ribs. All kits also come with a recipe card, and most (except the kimchi pancake kit) are accompanied with two free sides dishes to complete your meal. 

Minimum order Three kits 
Delivery fee $4
Order here 8798 2305, or slide into the restaurant’s DMs

Park Bench Deli
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Park Bench Deli

Restaurants Tanjong Pagar

Upgrade your usual butter-and-jam-on-sliced-bread combination with the gourmet creations from Park Bench Deli. You can now re-create the sandwich bar’s hearty stacks with its DIY kits. There’s the pastrami reuben set ($75) that comes with eight slices of rye bread, pastrami slices, Swiss cheese, coleslaw, dill pickles, mustard, and even some pastrami jus to drizzle all over. The only cooking involved is dumping the vacuum-packed pastrami into boiling water, and heating up the jus over a small pan to warm it through. Also available is a cheeseburger pack ($72) with eight beef patties, potato rolls, cheddar slices, and some PBD sauce. You’ll need to get some of your own veggies of lettuce and tomato to complete the meal. 

Minimum order $50
Delivery fee $5
Order here order.parkbenchdeli.com/en_SG

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Janice Wong
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Janice Wong

Shopping Chocolate and sweets Orchard

Those with a sweet tooth can try their hands at the baking kits from Janice Wong, which ranges from madeleine ($67.50) to a green tea cake premix ($54). Each package comes complete with eggs, oils, and even the moulds and garnishes needed – together with an easy-to-follow video reference to guide you through the process. 

Minimum order None
Delivery fee $10.20
Order here bakeathome.online/diy-bake-at-home-kits

Pasta Bar
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Pasta Bar

Restaurants Italian Chinatown

Pre-packaged pasta from the supermarkets might be convenient, but nothing compares to the fresh deal. Pasta Bar provides three of its freshly made noodles – rigatoni, hand-cut tagliatelle, and tagliolini – in neat bundles (from $40) that come with your choice of sauce (choose from the 24-hour beef ragu, pesto genovese, or tomato and basil). But for guaranteed success in the kitchen, get the ready-to-bake lasagna (from $65) in versions of beef or layered with spinach, mushroom, and béchamel. All you have to do is to pop the whole tray into the oven. 

Minimum order None 
Delivery fee $10
Order here pastabar.sg/delivery

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Morton’s The Steakhouse
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Morton's The Steakhouse

Restaurants Steakhouse City Hall

If you’re planning a steak night, Morton’s got you covered. The steakhouse has a curated steak kit filled with housemade au jus, salad, and a homemade dessert, together with your choice of meat – ribeye goes for $55, while the New York strip goes for $48. Upgrade your meal to a surf and turf and throw in a cold-water lobster tail, sea scallops, and jumbo shrimp for $58. Packages for two ($158), five ($288), and eight ($468) people are also available. 

Minimum order None
Delivery fee $15
Order here 6339 3740, or visit its website for more information

Bakeri
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Bakeri

Not a fan of cooking? Swap your frying pan for a baking pan instead. Bakeri, and wholesale bakery, has four kits available for aspiring all aspiring bakers. You can’t go wrong with the walnut fudgy brownie kit ($35) that yields two huge slabs of dessert, or try your hand at making some earl grey chocolate cookies ($26) that should be ready in under an hour. Prep your own eggs beforehand, and you’ll need basic baking tools of spatula and baking trays to complete the project. 

Minimum order $30
Delivery fee $8, free for orders above $60
Order here www.bakeri.sg/collections/baking-kits

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Prepped
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Prepped

It seems like there’s a direct relationship between the complexity of a recipe versus the amount of work that needs to be done. At Prepped, you’ll find that the meal kits really do come fully prepared – right down to pre-washed and sliced ingredients that can go straight from box to wok. Everything comes vacuum-sealed to ensure freshness, and there’s a rotating selection of recipes that changes every day. Depending on your luck, you might lay your hands on a cashew chicken ($6.80) kit, or learn how to braise your own cabbage chap chye ($4). Just turn on the stove and you’re good to go. 

Minimum order $30
Delivery fee $5
Order here www.prepped.com.sg

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