Kitchen checklist: Must-have Herbs and Spices in your cooking space

It is always a spoiler when you are in the middle of cooking a special dish only to find out your cupboard has long been emptied of the basic herbs and spices you need. This usually happens when we are not aware of the most basic herbs and spices that one must always have in their kitchen. These herbs and spices are popular among different dishes that it often gets out of stock. Also, you don’t want to experience all the hassle going to the supermarket just to buy herbs and spices for a dish you saw on the internet; and the best possible solution for it is to buy them beforehand even if you have no idea when you are going to use them. Trust that they will surely be needed at some point as you try to get yourself familiar with cooking,

To guide you, here are some of the must-have herbs and spices you will not regret buying in advance:

  1. Bay Leaves

Bay leaves give a good aroma to a dish. It is one of the secret recipes why a dish gets extra power in flavour. A piece or 2 can be added to a stock or soup to spice it up with more flavour.


Paprika is versatile when it comes to dishes. It can be added to soup, pasta dishes, and are included in the meat dishes to bring color and compliment the zest of the food.


Oregano, on the other hand, is becoming more popular in the every kitchen. It always comes in handy when you are dealing with recipes that have strong flavors.

Black pepper

Black pepper is one of the priorities in herbs and spices must haves. They can practically be added to every meal. This adds a ‘kick’ to your dish.


You should also have some basil in your kitchen cupboard. However, basil is best preferred fresh. You can have a little pot of basil in your kitchen so you can have them always ready when you feel like cooking some pasta paired with tomato sauce.

CNY Bazaar 2018

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1) Westgate @ Jurong East

15 Jan to 21 Jan

Atrium at 2nd Level

2) Plaza Singapura @ Dhoby Ghaut

22 Jan to 28 Jan

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