Tired of stroganoff? Sick of bolognese? Given up on perfecting that Russian honey cake? Facing a third week of COVID lockdown, many Sydneysiders may be looking for a change to their usual cooking routine, but without the hassle of making a soup, sauce or wonton from scratch. Here are some of the best do-it-yourself restaurant meal kits available for takeaway and delivery this week.
Ramen from Rising Sun Workshop 1C Whateley Street, Newtown
Sydney’s only noodle house and motorcycle workshop launched its ramen kits during last year’s lockdown, and Rising Sun restaurant manager Rebecca Shave says the kitchen has spent the past 12 months perfecting the packs. $40 kits are designed to feed two and come with recipe cards and essential ingredients such as rib-sticking free-range pork broth, noodles, pork belly, black fungus, bamboo, blackened onion and ajitama egg.
Confirming that it can be cooked by home chefs of all levels, Shave says “if you can boil water you can cook this ramen”. Much quicker than the 12 hours it takes to make a ramen from roasted pork bones to broth. Available 11am-6pm daily; call 02 9550 3891 or order through the Bopple app. risingsunworkshop.com
Yellowfin tuna mapo tofu from Saint Peter 362 Oxford Street, Paddington
Mr Niland at Home is Saint Peter chef Josh Niland’s sustainably sourced and expertly prepared finish-it-yourself meals. The offering and prices change depending on the star ingredients and all meals are designed to serve two.
Lobster spanakopita is sold for this weekend, but orders are open for comforting yellowfin mapo tofu ($55) on Thursday, complete with steamed rice, soft eggs and coriander to finish, while Friday is vadouvan curry pink ling pie night. Pick up between 2pm and 7pm; order through fishbutchery.com.au.
Dumpling kits from Blue Eye Dragon 37 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
Pyrmont’s most-loved Taiwanese restaurant is on hand for $38 dumpling kits containing wrappers and a pork mince, chive and ginger mix. “A few loyal and devoted customers have shared [the kits] with their online parent groups,” says Blue Eye Dragon owner Muriel Chen. “They say it’s a great activity for children during lockdown.”
The packs make 45 to 60 dumplings depending on how plump you like them, and the restaurant also offers a DIY Tawainese braised beef noodle soup for two ($42). Dumpling kits are usually for local delivery and pick-up only, but Chen will deliver to areas including Parramatta, The Hills and Cronulla for bulk orders. Call 0455 455 255 to arrange a pick-up or delivery time. blueeyedragon.com.au
Cocktails from The Roosevelt 32 Orwell Street, Potts Point
In lockdown it’s easy to miss the small things, such as a perfectly shaken margarita or bracing martini. The Roosevelt bar has Potts Point and surrounding suburbs covered with pre-made classic cocktails including the southside, negroni and Charlie Chaplin, delivered with instruction cards and garnishes for creating the perfect pour. Cocktails are $18 each or $85 per 700ml. Cocktail making kits are also available featuring a Boston shaker and strainer for $20 refunded on return (or you’re welcome to keep). Pick-up and delivery between 4pm and 8:30pm Wednesday to Sunday; order from theroosevelt.com.au.
Mediterranean Dreaming from The Old Fitzroy Hotel 129 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo
Whether it’s date night, family dinner or a cosy night in, The Old Fitz is on top of things with meal packs between $65 and $152 depending on the occasion. The Mediterranean Dreaming kit for two ($128) includes a three-course carte featuring baked mussels with saffron, honey bug and prawn marinara pappardelle, salad, gratin and sticky prune pudding because: winter. Add a six-pack of Oxford Brewing Racket lager to your order and all proceeds from the beer will be used to support Red Line Productions theatre at the classic pub. Order for pick-up and local delivery from fitzityourself.com.
Bao buns from Tsuru
Ever wanted to make bao buns at home, but worried you won’t be able to create the same pillowy texture found at your favourite takeaway? Give thanks, then, to food truck Tsuru which is delivering bao kits within a 20 kilometre radius of Mascot. The $50 packs make 10 bao in a variety of flavours such as chicken teriyaki, hot and spicy pork belly, tofu teriyaki and black pepper beef. The kits also come with fillings such as kimchi, Japanese mayo, iceberg lettuce and shallots. Order from eatdrinkcollective.com.
Vodka pasta and a spritz from Pocket Pizza 46 Pittwater Road, Manly
This fun, take-home box contains creamy tomato vodka sauce, fusilli and herbs, plus a bottle of house-made spritz or wine to open while you assemble the ingredients. Packs are $65, otherwise you can get the DIY pasta by itself for $35. Note there’s a pesto mafalde too. Evening delivery and pick-up available daily; order from pocketpizza.com.au.