Even though we’ve been served an extended lockdown, we shouldn’t deprive ourselves of delicious food. To help soften the blow of being stuck indoors, there are some easy-to-prep meal kits available to help recreate the restaurant-quality experience at home that even the most amateur home chefs can achieve.
Neapolitan-style woodfired pizza by Hank’s Hot Box
Frozen pizzas have long had a bad rap, but Hank’s Hot Box – a food-delivery service specialising in Neapolitan-style woodfired pizzas – might change your mind. There are 10 different pizzas to choose from, including diavola with hot salami and olives; pepperoni; and salsiccia e funghi (pork sausage and mushroom). You can upgrade your pizza toppings with extras such as chilli oil, Yurrita anchovies, extra mozzarella or prosciutto di parma. Each box arrives packed with woodfired pizza bases – complete with tomato sauce, parmesan and mozzarella – that are frozen and vacuum-sealed, as well as separately packaged fresh toppings. When you’re ready, all you have to do is add the toppings to the base and bake it on high heat in the oven for seven minutes. There’s a minimum purchase of three pizzas for a bundle price of $50, or you can choose five for $80 and 10 for $150. You can also opt to purchase just the frozen pizza base, which will keep in the freezer for up to four weeks. While gluten-free bases aren’t available yet, they are in the pipeline.
Order online. Deliveries are currently available within the Sydney metro area. There’s a flat fee of $8, and delivery is free for orders over $75. Order before 8pm for next-day delivery.
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Korean barbeque by Sear BBQ and Grill
One of the greatest highlights of any Korean barbeque experience is being able to cook your food to your liking. Now this experience can be enjoyed from your backyard or balcony, with Sear BBQ now delivering its four banquet menus. Each differs slightly in price (from $34.95 to $53.95 per person, with a four-person minimum). Opting for the Diner’s Banquet gets you Ranger’s Valley Wagyu bulgogi, pork belly bulgogi, marinated Angus beef short ribs and spicy pork belly, while the Gourmet’s Banquet offers a variety of the premium range (Black Opal Wagyu chuck flap, Black Opal Wagyu karubi, green tiger prawns, Angus beef short rib, Ranger Valley’s Wagyu bulgogi and spicy pork bulgogi). Each banquet also comes with sides (kimchi, soy dressed lettuce salad, Korean-inspired coleslaw, king oyster mushroom), dipping sauces, rice, and complimentary hire of a grill loaded with charcoal and firelighters ready for use. Alternatively, you could order à la carte and use your own grill or hire a standalone charcoal grill with a $150 minimum spend.
Orders can placed with Sear online. Delivery is available within a 30-kilometre radius of Strathfield, ranging from $4.95 to $24.95, depending on distance.
Ramen by Rising Sun Workshop
Newtown’s Rising Sun Workshop has DIY ramen packs with everything you need to recreate one of its three signature ramens. Choose between Dark (roast pork bone broth with shoyu tare and pork-belly topping), Light (chicken broth with salty shio tare, topped with pork belly) and the Monk (a vegetarian version, with shiitake-mushroom-and-sea-kelp dashi and a garlic, pepper and miso tare, topped with corn and braised greens). Each kit comes with enough broth, garnishes – including meat, bamboo and ajitama (eggs) – and noodles to feed two. It takes just a few, very easy steps (including boiling water and heating the noodles) to put together the ramen. The kits will set you back $40, or you can opt for a dinner pack for $125. It comes with a ramen kit, your choice of a bottle of wine or sixpack of beer, frozen cookies, a bottle of Bloody Mary for two and an RSW pin. All broths and toppings are gluten-free, and the noodles can be swapped for a gluten-free version.
Order via Bopple for pick-up or delivery within a five-kilometre radius of Rising Sun Workshop until 6pm daily. Or, order via partner retailers Thai Kee IGA, Where’s Nick, Winona and P&V Merchants for deliveries to other parts of Sydney.
Taco Tuesday by Ricos Tacos
There have been a couple of iterations of Toby Wilson’s Ricos Tacos. The first was in the kitchen of The George in Waterloo, then there was a food truck at Gelato Messina’s Rosebery HQ and most recently it was the resident cart at Grifter Brewing Co’s Marrickville warehouse. Right now, you’ll find the taco king in Chippendale, the suburb where he plans to set up permanent digs. It’s also the pick-up location for Ricos Taco’s DIY Taco Tuesday packs. Fillings change, but recently they’ve included chicken tinga (chipotle-and-tomato-braised chicken breast with black beans), eggplant barbacoa (eggplant braised in pasilla and morita chillies), and cochinita pibil (achiote-braised pork shoulder). Each $40 kit feeds two people, and it comes with 10 corn tortillas, black beans, avocado salsa, salsa roja and a lime. All it requires is some reheating and assembly. Alongside your Taco Tuesday order, you can also get corn chips with salsa and Mexican rice pudding with dulce de leche. But if holding out until Tuesday for your taco fix is too long, show up on the weekends to grab a feed from the breakfast window, where Wilson is serving three tacos – chorizo, potato and egg; greens, potato and egg; and steak, beans and egg – plus zucchini-flower quesadillas, hash browns with chipotle salt and salsa, and filter coffee.
Pre-order DIY taco packs via Bopple before 5pm on Monday for a Tuesday pick-up at 15 Meagher Street, Chippendale. The breakfast taco window is open on Thursday to Sunday from 8am to 1pm.
Cannoli from Cannoleria by That’s Amore
Cannoli kits by Melbourne’s dedicated cannoli store are now available to Sydneysiders via virtual grocer Co-Lab Pantry. These connoisseurs of the iconic Sicilian dessert have taken all the guesswork out of creating the bow-tied fried pastry for you. Each $24 DIY kit comes with either 12 ready-made mini cannoli shells or six large cannoli shells, and a 450-gram piping bag filled with Cannoleria’s signature ricotta filling, crushed pistachio and icing sugar. All you need to do is focus on filling the shells with the ricotta, dipping the ends in crushed pistachio and dusting them with some icing sugar to finish.
Order your Cannoleria DIY cannoli kit with Co-Lab Pantry. Orders can be placed up until Friday 6pm for delivery the following Thursday. Shipping is $28.95 for all orders outside Victoria.