Been missing your favourite street food spots or restaurants? Well a lot of them are making it very easy for you to make some of their signature dishes without leaving home.
What you can make: If you’ve been missing the chewy, meaty deliciousness of a Monty’s Deli salt beef or pastrami bagel during lockdown, then this kit is for you. It contains everything you need to make those at home. Choose either (or even both) their pastrami or their salt beef (sizes start at 350g) and you’ll get it vac-packed - along with a pack of six part-baked bagels.
Delivery range: Across the UK. Delivering Tues-Friday. They sell out quickly, so sign up for email alerts for when new stock comes online.
How to order: Order a bagel kit
What you can make: As most of us don’t have a pizza oven in our garden (unlike many of the London chefs on Instagram) Pizza Pilgrims have come up with a cunning kit to help you replicate the intense heat of said ovens. Their margherita kit involves you using a combo of your frying pan and grill to get the desired effect. It includes everything from doughballs to flour for dusting and their amazing tomato sauce.
Delivery range: It depends on the method of delivery. The mail-order version you can get through their website can be sent anywhere in the UK. You can also get the kits on Deliveroo in London.
How to order: Order a Frying Pan Pizza kit
See also: Passo - Old Street Italian Passo has two kits on offer - a margherita and also a spicy salami version.
What you can make: In the absence of being able to booze it up on a Friday night and hurl yourself into your nearest kebab shop on the way home, you can have a more refined experience at home. The good news is the hangover won’t be as bad, either. Arabica is now doing a DIY falafel kit as part of their Mezze to your Door service. It includes Raw Beiruti falafel mix, chopped salad, tahini and chilli sauces and pickles along with Khobez flatbreads. All you’ll need is a frying pan.
Delivery range: 7-mile radius of Camberwell
How to order: Order a Falafel kit
What you can make: If you’re after the kind of evening in that results in serious meat sweats, then look no further. From the folk who brought you Zelman Meats, Goodman and Burger & Lobster comes the Prime Feast box. It's a combo of burgers and steaks and includes everything from your burger garnish to steak rubs, seasoning and sauces.
Delivery range: A 30-mile radius from W1S 1QH (Goodman Mayfair)
How to order: Order a Prime Feast
See also: Quality Chop House’s Steak Night box gives you a choice of two cuts of steak along with a portion of confit potatoes and “a cheeky bottle of red wine”. It’s £30.
What you can make: Passyunk Avenue have been delivering throughout the lockdown, but if you're a little out of their Deliveroo zone, there is the option of their cheesesteak kits. Each kit features rib-eye steak, your choice of cheese and their own buns (and they also have kits to make their wings).
Delivery range: 13 miles radius from Fitzrovia
How to order: Order online
What you can make: If your lockdown is anything like ours you'll have probably piled on the pounds in the first few weeks. To get back to a slightly more healthy lifestyle the DIY poke bowl from Island Poke (£32) is just the ticket. Each kit comes with enough ingredients for four portions - two of their Classic Ahi tuna bowl with fresh sashimi grade tuna, a pineapple salsa, wakame seaweed and crispy shallots and two of their Yuzu Lomi Lomi salmon bowl with fresh sashimi grade salmon, mango chunks and edamame. They also throw in a tub of sriracha mayo too.
Delivery range: All London postcodes within the M25
How to order: Order your poke
What you can make: When your USP is the magic trick of creating ice-cream using liquid nitrogen in front of your customers, then pivoting during the lockdown is tricky. However, CHIN CHIN labs now have a couple of options, our favourite of which is this gooey cookie dough dessert (£8.95). All you need is vegetable oil and water. The kits are dairy-free, suitable for vegans and £1 of every kit sold goes to the UCLH Covid-19 Emergency Staff Support Fund.
Delivery range: Nationwide
How to order: Order from Chin Chin
What you can make: When top chef Quique Dacosta opened Arros QD in London, the signature dishes at this Fitzrovia restaurant were the paellas. Now you can order almost everything you need to make one at home. This kit (£75-£100 - feeds six) not only includes the paella rice and a choice of stocks - Valencian, seafood, poultry, game and vegetable but also the pan to make it in. You just need to add the meat/fish or veggies.
Delivery range: Nationwide
How to order: Order from Arros QD
What you can make: Given that the two key components of ramen are the noodles and stock, the fact that the ramen kits from Supa Ya (£20) are missing one of those is a bit of a pain. Mind you, it does save you having to make your own hand-cut noodles, which is a bonus. Each kit also contains seasoning and oil to make two portions - all you have to do is make and add the stock. The @supa_ya_ramen Instagram page handily features toppings inspiration from Head Chef Luke Findlay like crispy Serrano ham or confit egg yolk.
Delivery range: Two miles from the shop in Bethnal Green.
How to order: Order from Supa Ya ramen
What you can make: If the weeks of lockdown have taught us anything, it’s that life is never too short to learn a new skill. The good news is that making okonomiyaki (savoury Japanese pancakes) couldn’t be easier with this Japan Centre kit (they also do udon, katsu, sushi and miso kits). In the kit, you’ll find okonomiyaki sauce, seaweed powder, kewpie mayo, okonomiyaki flour, batter powder and bonito flakes.
Delivery range: A truncated shop is available locally via Deliveroo but they also deliver to England, Wales and part of Scotland too via their own online shop.
How to order: Order from The Japan Centre
What you can make: It's all very well everyone saying get out and BBQ in this gorgeous weather. But when your outside space is a 1m square balcony or no space at all then that's easier said than done. Happily, the folks at Lagom over at Hackney Church Co Brewery are doing some smashing BBQ kits that save you having to light so much as a match. The first kit featured enough to make six BBQ buns along with some 14-hour oak-smoked featherblade and BBQ sauce. All you need to do is warm it up and serve.
Delivery range: 10 miles from Hackney Brew Co.
How to order: Order from Lagom
What you can make: All bacon sarnies are not equal and the ones from City-based Le Swine are definitely top tier. The kits (£12 for two) supply you with old fashioned middle bacon sourced from pure breed Berkshire and Middle White pigs from small scale farmers in Lancashire, Clarence Court duck eggs, bacon butter, milk and onion buns, fresh sage, selection of homemade ketchup pots. Better still they include a voucher for a free bacon sandwich to be used at Spitalfields once they reopen.
Delivery range: Most London postcodes - delivery depends on the day of the week.
How to order: Order from Le Swine
What you can make: If your Instagram followers have been impressed by your most basic culinary skills during the lockdown, just think how they'll react if you dazzle them with your pastry making prowess. One simple delivery from Quality Chop House will get you all the ingredients to make a beautiful cheese, onion and bacon quiche (£16). They've made the pastry and the savoury custard - all you need to do is assemble, add the toppings, bung it in the oven and then showcase the results on Insta like you're something out of GBBO.
Delivery range: All postcodes within 10km of their shop on Farringdon Road.
How to order: Order from Quality Chop House
What you can make: Wake up at the weekend, smug in the knowledge that you have everything you need in the kitchen to whip up a stack of buttermilk pancakes. The Where The Pancakes chilled kit (£29.50) also includes the toppings, so your stack can be lovingly drizzled with maple syrup and topped with crispy bacon with a side order of blueberries or sliced banana. It should last for two weekends at least.
Delivery range: All central London postcodes.
How to order: Order from Where The Pancakes Are
What you can make: If you feel that you're ready to ramp up your baking skills, The Good Egg's chocolate babka kit could be just the thing. For £24.98 you'll get the key ingredients to make this sweet, yeasty bread. The only thing you need to supply is the milk (or milk alternative) and a few bits of kitchen equipment.
Delivery range: Deliveries take place on Fridays within an 8-mile radius of their Stoke Newington restaurant.
How to order: Order from The Good Egg
Burger kit round-up
What you can make: Patty & Bun have teamed up with their meat supplier to bring you boxes of two of their most popular burgers - the Ari Gold and the Smokey Robinson cheeseburger. Everything you need is in the box - and they also have a vegan burger box.
Delivery range: Within the M25
How to order: Order from Patty & Bun
What you can make: It’s surprisingly easy to make your own version of Burger & Beyond’s Bacon Butter Burger with their easy kit. For £25 you’ll get enough for four burgers - including demi brioche buns, dry-aged minced beef, pancetta, American cheese, burnt butter mayo and pickled onion. All you need to supply is the frying pan and the appetite.
Delivery range: Most London postcodes
How to order: Order from Burger and Beyond
What you can make: Street food folk Truffle have two kits on offer (both £25 for four burgers). Their signature burger features beef & bacon blend patties, truffle mayo, fig jam, raclette cheese and crispy shallots. Or you can opt for the Aged Beef Burger with 90-day aged beef patties, caramelised shallot puree, smoked cheese, house pickles, truffle and garlic sauce. They also do a veggie kit using Beyond Meat burgers.
Delivery range: Nationwide
How to order: Fill out their order form
See also: The Vurger Co are doing takeout vegan burger boxes - including Beyond Burger patties, toppings and a side of skin-on fries to go with it.
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