How to Cook Ten Recipes for Under $10 from Scratch?

List of must-have pantry items before you start

  • Cooking oil – There are many different oil you can use for cooking. If you are low on budget a bottle of olive oil or grapeseed oil is good enough. You cannot cook at high temperature using olive oil though, so be aware
  • Salt & pepper
  • Raw sugar
  • Dried shiitake mushroom (from Asian grocery stores)
  • Dried anchovies (from Asian grocery stores)
  • Soy sauce – many different brands but the Japanese-made soy sauce one is probably the most versatile option in terms of taste and quality.
  • Oyster sauce – My preference is the Lee Kum Kee brand
  • Brown/white rice – short-grain Japanese rice is more suitable for the recipes in this post

Optional pantry items:

  • Dried Japanese kombu
  • Ajinomoto MSG
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Fish sauce
  • Corn syrup (from a Korean grocery store)
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sesame oil
  • Japanese sake
  • Japanese mirin
  • Dried seaweed or also known as Wakame (from Asian grocery stores)

Optional fridge items:

  • Miso paste (available from most Asian grocery stores)
  • Korean Gochujang
  • Frozen soy beans in pods (edamame)
  • Frankfurt sausages (if you don’t mind meat)

Recipe #1: Pasta with breadcrumbs

Recipe #2: Kimchi fried rice

Recipe #3: Egg fried rice with oyster sauce

Recipe #4: Korean army stew with noodles

Recipe #5: Vegies stew with miso

Recipe #6: Tofu kimchi

Recipe #7: Quick spaghetti bolognaise

Recipe #8: Japanese curry stew

Recipe #9: Pollock Soup

Recipe #10: Quick Shandong chicken