Mala Noodles, Budae Jjigae, Ba Zhang And More Ready-To-Eat Options For Lazy Cooks At Home

A lot of us have also been experimenting more in the kitchen, but trying to cook something from scratch every meal can be super tiring. Getting food from the same neighbourhood coffee shop every single day can also be a bit repetitive. I don’t cook much at home, and when I do, I try to find the easiest recipes to quicken the process, but sometimes even that seems too troublesome. When I was browsing through groceries on Shopee, I discovered a wide variety of ready-to-eat food — think pre-packaged meals that take minimum effort to prepare. For some of these options, the only thing you need to add is boiling water.

Hai Chi Jia Mala Suan La Fen (Sour and Spicy Sweet Potato Noodles)

Many have been scrambling to try the popular Taiwanese instant noodles — each cup contains everything you need to make these spicy, springy sweet potato noodles in just minutes. Healthier than typical instant noodles, sweet potato noodles are much lighter, cook faster, and also absorb more of the mala flavour. Unlike other instant noodles, which usually come with a flavour packet and some dried vegetable bits, this comes with 6 different packets of flavourful sauces and toppings! If you love mala but spice isn’t your thing, don’t worry — according to reviews, the noodles have a pretty strong mala flavour, but the spice level is tolerable. Available in cartons of 6, stock up on these addictive noodles for a spicy midnight snack.

Available at Shopee (from $19.90).

Hanguk Kitchen

Founded in 2015, the entire cooking team is comprised of Korean chefs and cooks, which means you can enjoy authentic flavours from their selection of dishes. Making Korean meals can be daunting to some, as there are usually quite a few ingredients involved, and a lot of different flavours going on. However, with their ready-to-eat sets, everything you need is literally packed in a bag.

Budae Jjigae (Army Stew) Set

On top of the base sauce and broth, the set comes with pre-cut kimchi, ham, sausages, leek and onions — everything you need to prepare Budae Jjigae. All you have to do is boil all the supplied ingredients in a pot, and you’ll soon have a delicious serving of the popular dish!

Tip: Try adding in your own instant noodles — it’s a delicious addition to the stew.

Available at Shopee ($29.90).

Pork Rib Stew (Gamja Tang) Set

If you prefer something a little more spicy, Gamja Tang is a great option. Included in the set is a traditional stew base, pork ribs, pork broth, kimchi and dried radish leaves. With a 2.5kg portion, this is great to share with the whole family. Simply place the packet in boiling water for 10-15 minutes before unpacking it, and it’s ready to serve.

Tip: Try adding in your own vegetables — sliced potatoes and carrots go great with the stew!

Available at Shopee ($33.90).

Xiang Ye Traditional Nyonya Rice Dumplings

Starting as a modest stall on Chai Chee Road, Xiang Ye has been making traditional Nyonya Rice Dumplings since 2001 — they now have two shops and continue to make the same, authentic dumplings they started with almost two decades ago.

Clockwise: Salted Egg, Hokkien, Nyonya

Freshly made daily, these compact dumplings are filled with savoury ingredients, wrapped in bamboo leaves and convenient to warm up for anyone who wants a quick bite. Available in 3 variants — Nyonya, Hokkien and Salted Egg, only orders starting from 10 pieces are available, but there is the option to select up to 2 flavours per order.

Available at Shopee (from $16.90)

Dongwon Tteokbokki Rice Cakes

Original, Rabokki, Jjajang and Cheese Flavours

Enjoy a steaming serving of Korean Tteokbokki in 8 minutes! Each packet comes with 300g of rice cakes, which you then have to boil with 250ml of water and the included sauce — cook for 6 to 8 minutes, and you’re done. Available in 4 variants — Rabokki, which comes with noodles, Original (Spicy), Jjajang, and Cheese.

Available at Shopee ($10).

Buey Tahan Seafood by Shi Fu Ge

Although not pre-packaged, we thought we’d include Shi Fu Ge because of how extensive their menu is, and they deliver freshly cooked meals right to your doorstep. Expect fresh, savoury seafood and tze char dishes delivered directly from their central kitchen in Sembawang. Labelled as the pioneering online tze char delivery business, Shi Fu Ge has been nicknamed the “McDonald’s of Tze Char”, with same day delivery available islandwide, and they’re now conveniently available on Shopee.

Tze char dishes are a staple in any Singaporean household — while popular dishes like Golden Chicken Cube Rice ($5.80), Sambal Kang Kong (from $9) and Prawn Paste Chicken (from $11) are available, I found something that seemed far more interesting — their Imperial Pot.

Single Crab In Da Bag Imperial Pot
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The Louisiana seafood boil-inspired dish is one of the most popular dishes Shi Fu Ge has to offer, modified to suit local tastebuds. Generous portions of seafood include at least 600g of Sri Lankan crab, along with 300g each of prawns, clams, mussels, corn and potatoes, all drenched in either spicy, non-spicy or salted egg sauce.

Do note that delivery time has to be confirmed via phone call — call 6555 5300 after online checkout to schedule your delivery.

Available at Shopee (from $55.90).

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