4 Ingredients You Need in Your Pantry + Takeout Inspired Weekly Dinner Menu

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I don’t know when it happened but at some point I fell in love with the flavors of eastern and southeast asian cuisine. Most people consider items like olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and BBQ sauce as kitchen staples, but I would argue that ingredients like hoisin, rice vinegar, fish sauce, and sesame oil are just as important.

Today I want to share about my 4 favorite east and southeast Asian pantry staples and share a takeout inspired menu with you.

Only care about the weekly menu? Scroll down!

1. Hoisin

Hoisin sauce originated in China and is commonly used in Cantonese cuisine. I love this sauce brushed on meats prior to roasting or grilling. Another great thing is that it has a shelf life of about 18 months when stored properly (but I promise it won’t last you that long).

2. Fish Sauce

I would say that fish sauce has an aquired taste, but once you try the many amazing recipes that uses it, you will be hooked! It has been used in Greek and Chinese food but it is also commonly found in Vietnamese cooking. It has a shelf life of 2-3 years.

3. Rice Vinegar

Rice vinegar is another staple vinegar to add to your pantry. It easily elevates rice, seafood, salads, and noodle dishes. It has a shelf life of 2 years.

4. Sesame Oil

It’s one of my favorite oils. Trust me, once you use it you will love it too! A little bit goes a long way so be sure not to use too much! Has a shelf life of 6 months in the pantry or 12 months in the refrigerator.

This Week’s Menu

This week’s menu is inspired by my favorite takeout meals! I love recipes that incorproate east Asian ingredients and hope you enjoy them too! I’ve provided you with 6 menu ideas and links to the recipes. All you need to do is write down the ingredients and do the grocery shopping.

Each day includes additional notes, tips, and recommendations to help you prep the meals. Unless noted, all meals are 4 servings.


Takeout. Consider giving a new restaurant a try. If you’re local to metro Atlanta check out these local favorites.


Total Time from Start to Finish: Approximately 45 minutes

Notes and Recommendations: This is a straightforward and simple recipe! Buy a bagged salad for a simple and quick meal.


Total Time from Start to Finish: Approximately 45 minutes.

Notes and Recommendations: You can replace the thai chili with a small red jalapeno.


Total Time from Start to Finish: Approximately 45 minutes.

This recipe serves 2 but it can be doubled to serve 4.

Notes and Recommendations: This recipe incorporates fried chicken. An alternative to frying would be to use an air fryer.

Meal Prep Tips: This is a Marley Spoon recipe so the recipe does a great job of breaking down the steps.


Total Time from Start to Finish: Approximately 30 minutes.

Notes and Recommendations: If you don’t have acess to napa cabbage you can replace it with green cabbage. Use whatever type of mushrooms work best or you. I typically eat this on flour tourtillas.


Total Time from Start to Finish: Approximately 45 minutes.

Saturday [Splurge]

Saturday Splurge is a recipe that uses ingredients that you might not typically keep in your pantry. If you don’t want to cook on Saturday, then don’t. Go grab some takeout and support a local small business!

Total Time from Start to Finish: Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

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