5 Quick & Easy Dinner Recipes Using Gourmet Meal Starters

We all love hot and spicy food served at multi-cuisine restaurants. But bringing similar taste in home-cooked food has never been an easy task. Now, with TFC’s ready-to-use gourmet meal starters, preparing restaurant-style meals at home just got easy! These flavourful bases are the very soul of any dish and never fail to deliver the taste you need! Here’s how to whip up some of the tastiest dinner recipes at home in no time!

Recipe 1: Spicy Chilli-Garlic Noodles

Who wouldn’t yearn for the classic chilli and garlic-packed noodles at Chinese restaurants? Here’s a quick and easy recipe to make noodles at home for dinner and give them that distinct Chinese flavour!


  • Cooked Noodles (according to package directions)
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Best chopped Garlic
  • 2 Green chillies slit (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons Spring onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup Green Capsicum, sliced
  • ½ cup Onion, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons ready-to-use Onion Garlic & Chilli Paste
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 teaspoons Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Pepper Powder
  • Vegetables (like shredded Cabbage, julienned Carrots, julienned Green Beans, small broccoli florets, etc.) or Protein (like scrambled eggs, chicken, prawns, etc.) to add by choice and make it a full meal.

Preparation Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a wok. Add ginger and garlic and stir fry on high heat for a minute. 
  2. Add the Onion Garlic & Chilli Gourmet Meal Starters paste and stir fry for another 2 minutes.
  3. Add green chillies, spring onions, capsicum, and chopped onions, and saute for another minute. 
  4. Add selected vegetables and continue to stir fry for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Reduce heat and add soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir well to blend in the vegetables. 
  6. Add the cooked noodles and stir fry until the noodles are well-coated with spices and sauce.
  7. Garnish with chopped spring onion greens and serve hot with soda or beer!

Recipe 2: Chilli-Garlic Mushrooms

When you’re looking for another spicy twist, Chilli-Garlic Mushrooms are a smash hit! Tweak the above recipe to your preference and add button mushrooms instead of vegetables or protein. Here’s how to prepare this yummy dinner treat using TFC’s Onion Garlic & Chillimeal flavour packs that are loaded with the best chopped Garlic!


200 grams Fresh Button Mushrooms, sliced

3 tablespoons ready-to-use Onion Garlic & Chilli Paste

2 tablespoons Oil

1 Onion, sliced

5-6 Garlic cloves, minced

1-2 Green Chillies, slit 

1/2 teaspoon Sugar

Salt to taste

Preparation Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a vessel and add chillies and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes. 
  2. Add onions and cook them till they turn soft. 
  3. Add TFC’s Gourmet Meal Starters – Onion Garlic & Chilli paste and cook for another 2 minutes. 
  4. Add mushrooms and salt, and cook until mushrooms start leaving the water. 
  5. Garnish with fresh parsley and it’s ready to serve!

Recipe 3: Ginger-Chicken Meatballs in Gravy

For this meatball recipe, you don’t have to sacrifice flavour! These meatballs are loaded with aromatics like Ginger and the best chopped Garlic Woolworths! What’s more? They’re dipped in a delicious oriental gravy prepared with the fragrant Gourmet Meal Starters GARLIC GINGER & SHALLOTS base from TFC. Let us see how to prepare this classic East Asian dish at home quickly and easily.


1 cup ground chicken

2 garlic cloves, finely grated

1 teaspoon ginger, finely grated 

2 scallions, finely chopped

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 cup chicken broth

3 tablespoons ready-to-use GARLIC GINGER & SHALLOTS paste

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 

Salt to taste

Oil to deep fry

Preparation Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine chicken, garlic, ginger, scallions, soy sauce, and salt and form a mixture. Using hands or scooping out by the spoonful, make 1” diameter meatballs from the mixture and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet and deep fry meatballs until golden brown all over. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Now combine chicken broth and ready-to-use GARLIC GINGER & SHALLOTS paste in a pan and season with salt and pepper. Mix well and cook the gravy over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add meatballs and bring the gravy to a boil. Now reduce heat and simmer for 5–8 minutes until meatballs are cooked through. 
  4. Serve hot alongside steamed rice or cooked noodles.

Recipe 4: Aromatic Shrimp and Noodle Soup

This is a highly seasoned, aromatic, and warming soup that opens up your sinuses! Use Meal flavour packs like TFC’s Gourmet Meal Starters to spice up the broth. Here’s a quick and simple recipe to prepare this soup at home.


2 cups chicken broth

1 cup shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 packet ramen noodles, cooked according to package directions

½ cup mixed bean sprouts, lightly cooked/steamed

1 large shallot, finely chopped

3-4 best chopped garlic cloves

1-inch piece ginger, peeled and finely grated

3 tablespoons ready-to-use GARLIC GINGER & SHALLOTS paste

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 teaspoon black pepper, crushed

Salt to taste

Fresh tender herbs, such as Thai basil or cilantro

Preparation Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large pot and saute shallots, ginger, and garlic until fragrant. Add GARLIC GINGER & SHALLOTS paste and cook over medium heat, tossing often.
  2. Add chicken broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer until flavours blend in the broth.
  3. Add shrimp and cook until cooked through (about 2 minutes).
  4. Add cooked noodles, steamed sprouts, and herbs, and season with pepper. 
  5. Serve hot alongside toasted bread.

Recipe 5: Classic Thai Chilli Basil Chicken

Indulge in Thai cuisine for dinner at home with the all-time favourite Thai Chilli Basil Chicken. This is an incredibly quick and easy Thai recipe that tastes just as good as the dish served at your favourite restaurant! Here’s how to prepare this delicious garlicky and spicy dish in minutes at home using TFC’s Gourmet Meal Starters.


1 large cup chicken thigh fillets (skinless boneless) cut into bite-size pieces

1 green onion, finely chopped

2 teaspoons best chopped garlic cloves

1 teaspoon green chilli, finely chopped

A few Thai basil leaves 

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

3 Tablespoons ready-to-use GARLIC CHILLI & THAI BASIL paste

1 tsp dark soy sauce

½ teaspoon crushed pepper

Salt to taste

½ cup water to cook

Preparation Instructions

  1. In a medium skillet, heat oil and add garlic, onions, and chilli. Cook until fragrant.
  2. Add chicken pieces and water, and cook covered until tender (about 5 minutes).
  3. Add ready-to-use GARLIC CHILLI & THAI BASIL paste, soy sauce, salt, and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes until the chicken pieces are coated with a thick glossy sauce.
  4. Toss through with basil leaves and stir until just wilted. Serve immediately over steamed jasmine rice.

About The Food Company (TFC)

TFC offers a wide range of long-shelf-life, gluten-free meal flavour packs made with the finest quality ingredients. Use one of our flavourful gourmet meal starters to prepare quick and easy dinner recipes at home. We have a variety of flavours you need to cook a perfect meal!

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Contact us, or call us at +61 2 9519 7799 to know more about our Gourmet Meal Starters. 

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