Its no secret that the restaurant industry has been hit hard by COVID-19. With many eateries having to close for months on end, a new approach was needed in order to keep businesses afloat and to allow you to enjoy your favourite dishes from the comfort of your own home.
A year on from the initial lockdown, hundreds of restaurants across the UK have released DIY meal kits, delivering fresh and prepared ingredients right to your door. Now you can get stuck in with the cookery yourself with a wide ranges of potential kits to choose from.
Picking the right one for you can be tricky, here are our top five favourites.
Bacon Naan Roll Kit from Dishoom.
One of the most popular DIY meal kits to be seen through lockdown has been Dishoom’s Bacon Naan Roll, a firm breakfast favourite with customers. Combine the spices and excitement of Bombay, with the humble bacon roll, and you have a winner. What elevates this kit to a new level is the thought and love which Dishoom squeeze into everything they create. Not only are you given the needed components for the naan roll, included are the spices for their signature chai latte and a spare piece of dough for the much-needed practice attempt.
Crumbs and Doilies’ Caramel Cornflake Brownie Kit.
If you have been to the Crumbs and Doilies bakery in Carnaby street and get excited at the thought of having their freshly baked brownies straight from the oven, this is the kit for you. A wide range of brownies, cookies and cake kits are available from their website but their Caramel Cornflake Brownies take our pick. Rich, fudgey brownies, topped with a chewy but crispy caramel topping? Yes please. This kit is great for those looking to begin their baking adventure with both a baking tin and sugar thermometer involved in the reasonable price of £27.95.
Caramel Cornflake Brownie Baking Kit
Cash & Kari’s Ultimate Hoppers Meal Kit.
Whilst this may be a meal kit at the top of your price range, with a big price tag comes big quantity, flavour and fun. Maybe it would be more appropriate to call this a ‘feast’ kit as it comes with 9 different components covering; starters, mains and deserts, as well as snack to see you through the lengthy cook time. This kit is guaranteed to feed up to four with plenty of leftovers. Your kitchen should be smelling of orient for the entire weekend! Mutton rolls, bone-marrow, varuval and kalupol chicken are just a selection of what this kit has to offer. This is a kit perfect for taking your family on a culinary journey to the East, without having to leave your dining room.
ULTIMATE HOPPERS MEAL KIT (Serves 4)
Frying Pan Pizza from the Pizza Pilgrims.
In need of a quick break in Naples or Rome? Sadly, we will all have to wait a few months for that. However, the pizza pilgrims are here to help! Whilst very few of us have a pizza oven needed for the wood fire flavours of Italy, we do all have frying pan. With this kit the pilgrims have managed to simplify the pizza making process. Simply shape your pre-made sourdough, begin to cook in a frying pan, add the toppings, then finish under the grill. Fresh and tasty pizza made simply, quick and easy. This is the prime example of a top-quality meal kit.
Frying Pan Pizza Kits
Supa Ya Ramen, Traditional Ramen.
Ramen making ramen is an art but now, thanks to Supa Ya Ramen, you can skip the 48-hour broth and have a delicious bowl of ramen in just 15 minutes. After many successful pop-up restaurants and supper clubs, Supa Ya Ramen claims to provide “the finest traditionally inauthentic ramen you have ever eaten” right to your door. A bold statement that many will agree with.