In my opinion the key to good home cooked meals is to have a well-stocked pantry. Believe me, it is quicker to whip up a delicious meal at home if your pantry is well stocked with staples, than it is to get Uber Eats delivered. I have categorized them based on the cuisine.
Dark and Light Soy Sauce – I tend to use dark for a richer colour and more umami flavour as it is thicker and deeper in colour. Light is used to give flavour as it is saltier.
Shaoxing cooking wine
Laoganma Chilli oil
White miso paste
Rice wine vinegar
Ketjap manis – sweet soy sauce used for Nasi Goreng
Sriracha hot chilli sauce
Green and black olives
Extra virgin olive oil
Red wine vinegar
Tinned plum tomatoes – I tend to buy whole because they are plump and juicy as opposed to pre-cut ones – these tend to be a bit watery
Dried Italian made pasta in a few different shapes including linguine and spaghetti
Chilli Powder – Hot and Kashmiri. Kashmiri chilli powder is mild and imparts a beautiful red colour to your food
Black Mustard Seeds
Garam Masala Powder – I tend to buy as a small quantity will not grind smooth enough in my spice grinder and if I make a big batch, the flavour is lost before I can use it all.
Apple cider vinegar
Smoked and Hot Paprika
Morinaga Long Life Firm and Soft Tofu
Vegetable Oil like Canola or Sunflower oil