7 Recipes with 8 Ingredients or Less to Minimise Grocery Trips

Quick and Easy Recipes

With the recent spike in community cases, it probably means less dining out at your favorite restaurant or coffee shop, but more time to cook at home instead! Now, you may be dreading that long and daunting grocery list that awaits you, but here’s some good news: we’ve put together 7 fuss-free recipes that require only 8 ingredients or less


A faster and safer trip to the grocery store, and no more stressful second trips because of a forgotten item — what’s not to like? You’d be surprised as well how many amazing dishes can be whipped up with so little.  


1. Steamed Scallops with Glass Noodles


Standing strong at the top of the list is this simple yet delicious seafood platter. The star of this dish is the scallop — which is probably easier to prepare than you’d think. 


For this dish, you’ll need some frozen half shelled scallops, which are affordable and perhaps even tastier than your typical over-the-counter seafood. With a few simple steps, you’ll get an elegant and tasty combination of glass noodles and scallops, elevated with a coat of boiling garlic oil and shaoxing wine.


P.S. This recipe also works with prawns and fish, in case you need a quick way to use the seafood in your fridge. 


Recipe: https://themeatmen.sg/steamed-scallops-with-glass-noodles/ 

Preparation Time: 15 minutes. Serves 4. 


2. Muah Chee


This traditional snack is popular among many, and we wouldn’t be surprised if this was one of your favourite childhood snacks. 


It’s straightforward and fast to make with the use of a microwave! All you need are easy-to-get ingredients such as glutinous rice, tapioca flour, and water. Within the short span of 15 minutes, you’ll have yourself a beautiful plate of homemade muah chee, coated generously with some ground roasted peanuts or black sesame. 


Stick a toothpick into that soft, chewy, and springy goodness, and your tastebuds will soon be in for a glorious treat!


Recipe: https://themeatmen.sg/muah-chee/ 

Preparation Time: 15 minutes. Serves 4. 


3. Air-Fryer Roasted Duck Leg


You don’t have to order expensive duck confit at a restaurant to get juicy and tender duck meat. In fact, you don’t even need many ingredients, or a lot of time. This air fryer roasted duck leg recipe takes only 15 minutes to prepare, and with simple ingredients you likely already have at home. 


Despite the easy prep, you’ll get the crispiness and tenderness of the duck, similar to something you might find at your favourite Roast Duck stall. 


Recipe: https://themeatmen.sg/air-fryer-roasted-duck-leg/ 

Preparation Time: 15 minutes. Serves 3-4. 


4.Taiwanese Three-Cup Chicken


This is one of those dishes that will wow whoever is lucky enough to be your dinner guest. Taiwanese Three-Cup Chicken, or ???, doesn’t only look good, but with this recipe, tastes really amazing as well. 


Think perfectly marinated chicken cubes, with a steaming gravy that’s perfect for when the weather’s chilly. This recipe makes use of common ingredients like soy sauce, garlic and cornstarch, meaning you won’t have to run out to the grocery store to get anything special, even for this exceptional dish. 


Recipe: https://themeatmen.sg/three-cup-chicken-with-essence-of-chicken/ 

Preparation Time: 30 minutes. Serves 3-4. 


5. Handmade You Tiao


We absolutely love how versatile you tiao is. It can be paired with a warm and nourishing bowl of porridge, or simply enjoyed with an aromatic cup of hot coffee — either way, we’re sure it will be undeniably tasty. Who knew, this treat can actually be made from scratch with only 6 ingredients!


This simple recipe brings back a sense of nostalgia, and fills your stomach with warmth and comfort. In no time, you’ll be able to whip up an impressive basket of golden-brown you tiao. Just imagine taking a huge and satisfying bite of that glorious fluffy snack (dipped into some coffee if you’d like) — we’d say it’s the epitome of perfection. 


Recipe: https://themeatmen.sg/handmade-youtiao

Preparation Time: 45 minutes. Serves 8-10 pieces. 


6. Old-School Crispy Hainanese Pork Chop


Admittedly, it’s a bit strange to see a Chinese recipe that makes a “western” dish — and makes it so well. This recipe will make crispy chunks of tender meat, which you should pound with a meat tenderiser or the back of your knife. To add to the crunch, we also incorporate crackers, potato starch and eggs. 


And to top it all off, complementing the meat is our recipe for a rich sauce, made with simple ingredients like soy sauce, cooking oil and ketchup. Paired with some steamed rice, this is sure to be a delicious feast!  


Recipe: https://themeatmen.sg/hainanese-crispy-pork-chop/ 

Preparation Time: 1 hour 30 minutes. Serves 3-4.


7. Chow Mein


If you have noodles, veggies and a couple of different sauces, then this Cantonese recipe is your quick fix to making a hearty meal without an additional grocery trip. It’s super easy as well, even for beginners, with just 7 simple steps. 


If you want to up the ante, feel free to add your favourite protein or toppings, or pair with a side dish like air-fryer sweet and sour pork or chicken karaage


Recipe: https://themeatmen.sg/stir-fried-soy-sauce-noodles-chow-mein

Preparation Time: 15 minutes. Serves 3-4. 


Recipes with Minimal Ingredients

If you’re looking to whip up a fuss-free, home-cooked meal that doesn’t require a long list of ingredients, these simple and straightforward recipes are perfect for you. With some practice and experimentation, you’ll be cooking up a feast in no time at all. 


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