“The must-have food products in my kitchen/ refrigerator”

3 Jan 09 Genie: “Hi, really love your blog.. please keep on updating! can i request for a post on the “necessity” ingredients/things you will always buy and store in your kitchen/fridge?”

The above was a message from my reader, Genie. Her request of having a post on the staple food in my kitchen struck my mind. It’s time to stock-check my fridge and food storage cabinet!

Yes, I do have many things/ ingredients which have become my staple. As a seasoned cook at home, I just can’t “make food” without them (chuckling).

Besides rice (most common staple food for Asian people), below are my staple food in the kitchen and refrigerator:

 

Pasta

I’ll change the types of pasta, from time to time, but surely store at least 2 different types at one time. Spaghetti (solid, thin cylinders), maccheroni (tubes or hollow cylinders), fusilli (three-edged spiral), Conchiglie (seashell shaped), and angel hair (very fine spaghetti) are my all-time-favourite.

 

Flour

Corn starch, plain flour, cake flour, self raising flour and even cake premix. For cooking, frying (to make batter), and baking.

 

Olive oil

Beside vegetable cooking oil, I have to keep a bottle of olive oil. For pasta meal, cake and cookies baking, and salads, sometimes.

 

Sesame Oil

It’s a must for Chinese cooking, right?

 

Soy Sauce

Not only light soy sauce, I store also the dark soy sauce. For fried noodles, bak-kut-teh soup and some chicken dishes.

 

Pepper

White pepper vs black pepper. Ground pepper, and pepper corns. These are the condiments I have to have them, for soup, fish and meat cooking.

 

Oyster Sauce

The normal oyster sauce mainly for seasoning purposes. I have another bottle of vegetarian oyster flavoured sauce for my vegetarian meals.

 

Rice Wine

Shao Hsing Hua Diao Rice Wine, and white rice wine.

 

Chili sauce and Ketchup

Besides Chili sauce for dipping, I store Belacan chili paste, Sambal Chili paste, Chili paste with lime, too. It’s best to use for cooking prawns (Sambal Prawns).

 

Assam Paste

Yes, for many chili dishes. Even fried Keow Teow(flat rice noodles), I add a little of it, just to enliven the taste to its fullest.

 

Curry Powder/ Paste or Premix

These are to be used for ‘instant’ cooking, when I have no idea on what to cook for the day. See, it helps to create sumptuous meal with these ready packed ingredients.

 

Chicken Stock Cubes

For clear soup, sometimes. I bought the NO MSG type, most of the time.

 

Butter

These are what I store in my fridge. Butter, as bread spread. More importantly, for my baking. Smile.

 

Cheese

Shredded cheese is to be used for pasta meal, omelette, and pizza baking.

 

Dairy products (Low-fat)

For cooking, and as part of my diet. Even my girl takes low-fat dairy products. Yes, it’s fine for a child aged from 7, to take low-fat food. In fact, it helps in lowering risk of cholesterol and obesity.

A box of “bottles” for baking use. Different types of flavouring, such as, vanilla essence, mango flavour, strawberry emulco, chocolate emulco, pandan taste concentration, red ruby colouring, and some powder, e.g. cinnamon powder, and ginger powder.

Oh yes, not to forget the compulsory stuff.. salt, sugar, garlic cloves and ginger in my kitchen. Smile.

*Hope I am not too late for posting Genie’s request now.