During this challenging period, it is a chore to think about what to eat for each meal every day. There are days when we just want to stay in and settle our meals in the easiest way possible. Here are some food products across different cuisines which are delicious yet easy to prepare to save you from the hassle of cleaning up after cooking or stepping out to queue for your takeaway. Take note and stock them up on your next trip to the supermarket!
1. Ajinomoto’s frozen gyoza and shumai
Ajinomoto is a popular Japanese brand best known for their production of MSG, which helps to deepen the flavours of your food. They also produce seasonings, frozen food, cooking oils and more. Among the frozen food category, their gyoza, is a top-seller. Apart from being delicious, it is also fuss-free to cook. Usually, it requires oil and water to cook gyoza but in the case of Ajinomoto’s, you can skip them.
Simply arrange them on your frying pan, turn on the heat at medium, cover and cook for about 5 minutes. The result will be perfect-looking gyoza with its signature crispy bottom and juicy fillings, just like those served in restaurants. Prepare a bit of ginger and vinegar dip for an even better experience! As for the shumai, steam and serve them with your favourite chilli sauce, or drizzle a bit or soy sauce and it will definitely satisfy you.
2. Dr Oetker’s Ristorante Pizza
If you still don’t know, this German product is one of the world’s best-selling frozen pizzas, and you can get it at an average of only $10 each (depending on the flavour of your choice) for a 10-inch pizza from your major supermarkets. For those who are fans of thin-crusted pizzas, you will be enjoying its crispy edges.
We recommend the Quattro Formaggi which is essentially a combination of four types of cheese – Mozzarella, Edam, Emmental and Gorgonzola. On days which you are feeling lazy, just pop one into the oven for about 10 minutes for so and you will have a piping hot pizza ready!
3. Hai Di Lao Self-Heating hotpot
We know there are crazy fans of Hai Di Lao out there that must satisfy their cravings for hotpot during this challenging period. Self-heating instant hotpots were the hype when it first made its scene into the market a few years ago and Hai Di Lao has also launched their own version.
To prepare this, all you need is some water, and everything else can be found in the package. Pick your favourite soup base and your hotpot ingredients such as meat, noodles and lotus roots are included. This one, however, can be a little difficult to get your hands on, so watch out for available stocks online.
4. The Soup Spoon Soup Pack
The Soup Spoon is known for their thick delicious soup that is loaded with ingredients that will fill you up. It comes in 19 different flavours, including popular ones like SG Chicken & Mushroom Ragout and premium ones like Lobster Bisque.
Heat your soup over the stove or microwave for a couple of minutes. If you are a big eater, dip some bread into your soup (toast it first for more texture) or pair your soup with a sandwich. Definitely your comfort food on a rainy day!
5. 7-11’s Butter Chicken Briyani
Among the convenience shop’s instant food products, this is one of the most popular one. It is not as oily as your usual biryani, and the basmati rice is also nice and fluffy. If you do not happen to have a microwave at home, you can do it at 7-11, so it is really convenient. The only downside is that the portion is slightly small, so big eaters may have to get 2!
6. SL Foods’ I’m Bulgogi
If you are craving for some well-marinated Korean meat, try the frozen ones from SL Foods, which has garnered lots of positive reviews online. There are five different flavours to choose from, such as beef bulgogi and gochujang pork belly, and each one comes with 300g of meat.
Make sure you defrost it fully before cooking, and it will take only 5 minutes to cook. You might find the meat a little bit on the sweeter side which is how the Koreans like it, but you can adjust it to your liking by seasoning with a bit of soy sauce. Add your own vegetables such as sliced onion and carrot for a more balanced meal and pair it with white rice.
7. Roti Span Mantou
These frozen buns come in a few different flavours and we recommend the pandan one for its light fragrance. They turn out really soft and fluffy when steamed, but make sure you eat them while they are hot as the texture can become harder and drier after it becomes cold.
You can eat it on its own, but we prefer slicing them into pieces and spreading butter on them before serving or dipping them into thick corn soup.
8. Taste Asia’s Nyonya Style Chicken
This ready-to-eat meal is hearty and delicious – savoury, tangy and slightly spicy. It is also a healthier choice as the brand uses a blast chill technology, which means their products can remain fresh for up to a couple of weeks even though they do not contain preservatives. Pop it into the microwave for a few minutes and it is ready to be served!