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Starter ingredients for a fully functional kitchen at home

A Man Takes or Places Glass Jars Filled With Legumes From A Shelf In The Pantry
A fully stocked pantry and ingredients cupboard spark joy! (Photo: Getty Images)

One of the best things about moving into your own space for the first time is planning all of the meals you can finally cook in your own kitchen. After buying all the items you didn't know you need for your new house or checking out the frivolous appliance wishlist, of course!

Here's a list of starter ingredients for you to peruse as you stroll down the grocery aisle with an imaginary 'I'm a new homeowner and the possibilities are endless' badge on your forehead, or you can also check items off the list into your online cart. Wait till 11.11 to cart out to maximise your savings!

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This list should cover basic Singaporean and Western recipes whether you're a prolific chef or just want to make it aesthetic in your kitchen. With proper storage, most of these items have a fairly long shelf life too!

Dry ingredient

  1. Dried Noodles

  2. Dried Pasta

  3. Rice

  4. Flour

  5. Corn Starch

  6. Salt

  7. Sugar

  8. Coconut Sugar Blocks (Gula Melaka)

  9. Peppercorn (White/Black)

  10. Garlic Powder

  11. Onion Powder

  12. Chilli Powder

  13. Anchovies

  14. Dried Shrimps

  15. Dried Belachan

  16. Red Dates

  17. Wolfberries

  18. Thyme

  19. Oregano

  20. Bay Leaves

  21. Star Anise

  22. Cinnamon

  23. Tumeric

  24. Paprika

  25. Cardamom

  26. Fennel

Wet Ingredients

  1. Cooking oil

  2. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  3. Balsamic Vinegar

  4. Light Soy Sauce

  5. Dark Soy Sauce

  6. Oyster Sauce

  7. Shaoxing Wine

  8. Vinegar

  9. Sesame oil

  10. Coconut oil

  11. Truffle oil

  12. Butter

  13. Instant sauce pack

Note: We're really liking the Dancing Chef series of instant pastes, featuring anything from Indonesia Curry to Chicken Rice! They've also just launched a Korean Spicy Chicken paste which is the bomb. Try it for yourself!

  1. Miso paste

  2. Dashi soup pack

  3. Gochujang sauce

Fresh Ingredients

  1. Garlic

  2. Onion

  3. Shallot

  4. Spring Onions

  5. Ginger

  6. Lime

  7. Lemon

  8. Lemongrass