24 January 2011

New Kitchen... New Start...

After about 4 months of renovating.. my kitchen is finally done. Whooot !! :)

The only problem I now face, is that I have to re-stock my kitchen cupboards ... in a space-efficient way.

If you're not following.. I'll explain. My entire kitchen size is 3m long by 1.4m wide.

And in this 3x1.4m space... I have my fridge, oven, stove top and dish washer.

Which leaves me about 1 set of drawers and some overhead cupboard space to fit in all my pantry items.

So keeping to essentials, and yet at the same time provide a wide enough spectrum to cover most the recipes I like to make on a regular basis, here is my list of 25:

Cupboard 1 (Oils & Sauces):
  • Olive Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Chilli Oil
  • Light Soy Sauce
  • Japanese Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Chinese Cooking Rice Wine
  • Mirin
Cupboard 2 (Seasoning & Dried ingredients):
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Peppercorns
  • White Sugar
  • Dried Porcini Mushrooms
  • Dried Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Chilli Flakes
  • Plain Flour
  • Baking powder (to turn Plain flour into self raising flour)
  • Tapioca Starch
  • Dried Pasta
  • Arborio Rice (for risottos)
  • Jasmine Rice (for chinese cooking)
Cupboard 3 (Tinned & Bottled Things):
  • Tinned Tomatoes
  • Olives
In my fridge:
  • Eggs
  • Parmesan Cheese
Herbs & Other Aromatics:
  • Rosemary (growing from my pot in the window)
  • Garlic
Can anyone else think of any other must-have items to add to this list ?

Thanks in advance.. :)


  1. ahhh... oyster sauce ! (its actually great on dry egg noodles & shallots)

    Thanks Mademoiselle .. i've added cocoa powder & dark chocolate to my pantry too.. :)

    Mon... pics will come... :)

    i'm still getting used to using induction.. i cracked the enamel on my dutch oven pot yesterday night, when I was going through a 'routine seasoning'. :(

    *sigh.. need another trip to peters of kensington

  2. Girl. you must post picture of your new kitchen. Makes me think of those kitchens in Hong Kong. Enough to fit one person in it.

  3. mademoiselle délicieuseMonday, February 28, 2011 3:18:00 am

    Oyster sauce...although I don't use much of it myself. And depending on how much you bake, then perhaps other things like cocoa powder, chocolate, dried berries, etc.

    Oh, and congrats on the new kitchen!

  4. That's a nice arrangement of kitchen tools. I am wondering, what does your kitchen looks right now. Show some pictures ^^.


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