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The do-it-yourself dan dan noodle kit from Mala Sichuan.
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8 Must-Try DIY Food and Drink Kits From Houston’s Best Restaurants

Make your own sushi stuffed handrolls, DIY decorated doughnuts, and so much more

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The do-it-yourself dan dan noodle kit from Mala Sichuan.
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Ordering takeout may not completely replace the act of dining in a buzzy, full-service restaurant, but it can offer plenty of charm of its own. And now, it’s really easier than ever to recreate a restaurant quality experience at home, thanks to a slew of great DIY kits prepared by some of the city’s best eateries.

From kneading your own pizza dough and hand-rolling sushi to icing and decorating doughnuts, these 8 DIY food and drink kits are definitely worth trying at home.

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Mala Sichuan Bistro

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Carb-filled and packed with flavor, Mala’s signature dan dan noodles have long been a comforting house favorite, and now they are available as a DIY kit for guests to toss together at home to their exact preference. A bargain at only $7.49, the kit comes with portioned out ingredients, plenty of chile-laced sauce and instructions on how to build the perfect bowl.

Pondicheri

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Forgo traditional pizza dough and opt for naan as a base with Pondicheri’s DIY pizza kit for two, complete with two frozen naans, a jar of eggplant or tomato masala, gruyere cheese and fresh herbs from Knopp Branch Farms for $22. Order online at pondicheri.com.

B.B. Italia

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Italian at home is made very easy with B.B. Italia’s sweet and savory DIY kits, including items like a 12-inch pepperoni pizza kit that includes dough, cheese, pepperoni and sauce for $12. Add a cannoli kit, complete with cream filling, sprinkles, chocolate chips, and powdered sugar for $14 more.

Miss Mini Donuts

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Mini doughnuts are already adorable, but being able to artfully arrange festive toppings like Fruit Loops, mini M&Ms, Oreo crumbles onto your dough rounds makes Miss Mini’s tiny pastries even better. Orders can be placed online.

a pink box of tiny donuts alongside containers of white icing, colorful sprinkles and other toppings and candies.
Miss Mini Donuts’ decorating kit.
Miss Mini Donuts

Kata Robata

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Partner up and try your hand at the DIY handroll kit for two from Kata Robata. For $55, the kit includes a variety of proteins including tuna, salmon, hamachi, toro and shrimp with extras like vegetables, nori, sauces and toppings available to add-on to create upwards of 10 different hand rolls.

An overhead shot of a sushi handroll kit, including a plate of rice, sheets of seaweed, slices of protein like tuna and shrimp, seasonings and two bowls of soup. The food is laid out on a wooden table.
A handroll kit for two from Kata Robata.
Julie Soefer

Lei Low

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The fun of tropical vacation cocktails doesn’t seem so distant thanks to Lei Low’s DIY tiki cocktail kits, available to-go. These 32 oz Jugs of Paradise produce 4-6 seriously strong libations, and are presented with garnishes like orchids, mint and fun swizzle sticks. For a more interactive kit, opt for one of the exotic blender packs, which serve two and include all of the ingredients needed to blend the beverages at home. Order online.

Coppa Osteria

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Try your hand at making this beloved Italian eatery’s pizza at home with budget-friendly DIY kits that are decidedly better than chain pizzeria delivery. The kits start at $17, and include dough, flour, cheese, marinara sauce, and olive oil, along with meaty toppings like prosciutto, sausage, and pepperoni. Step-by-step instructions serve as a guide on how to build the pie from scratch, with or without a pizza oven, and for the ultra-novice, there is a simple video tutorial on Coppa’s Facebook page. Orders may be called in, placed online at coppaosteriahouston.com, or made in person.

Brasserie Du Parc

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Kimberly Paul, beverage director of Brasserie du Parc and Etoile, raises the bar with her thoughtfully prepared cocktail kits, which serve as an experience from start to finish. All are given special attention, but for something earthy and unique, try the Whiskey in my Tea, a treasure box complete with assorted tea bags, garnishes, house-made syrups, an envelope of spice blends and Tullamore Dew whiskey, plus perfect hot toddy glassware.

Mala Sichuan Bistro

Carb-filled and packed with flavor, Mala’s signature dan dan noodles have long been a comforting house favorite, and now they are available as a DIY kit for guests to toss together at home to their exact preference. A bargain at only $7.49, the kit comes with portioned out ingredients, plenty of chile-laced sauce and instructions on how to build the perfect bowl.

Pondicheri

Forgo traditional pizza dough and opt for naan as a base with Pondicheri’s DIY pizza kit for two, complete with two frozen naans, a jar of eggplant or tomato masala, gruyere cheese and fresh herbs from Knopp Branch Farms for $22. Order online at pondicheri.com.

B.B. Italia

Italian at home is made very easy with B.B. Italia’s sweet and savory DIY kits, including items like a 12-inch pepperoni pizza kit that includes dough, cheese, pepperoni and sauce for $12. Add a cannoli kit, complete with cream filling, sprinkles, chocolate chips, and powdered sugar for $14 more.

Miss Mini Donuts

a pink box of tiny donuts alongside containers of white icing, colorful sprinkles and other toppings and candies.
Miss Mini Donuts’ decorating kit.
Miss Mini Donuts

Mini doughnuts are already adorable, but being able to artfully arrange festive toppings like Fruit Loops, mini M&Ms, Oreo crumbles onto your dough rounds makes Miss Mini’s tiny pastries even better. Orders can be placed online.

a pink box of tiny donuts alongside containers of white icing, colorful sprinkles and other toppings and candies.
Miss Mini Donuts’ decorating kit.
Miss Mini Donuts

Kata Robata

An overhead shot of a sushi handroll kit, including a plate of rice, sheets of seaweed, slices of protein like tuna and shrimp, seasonings and two bowls of soup. The food is laid out on a wooden table.
A handroll kit for two from Kata Robata.
Julie Soefer

Partner up and try your hand at the DIY handroll kit for two from Kata Robata. For $55, the kit includes a variety of proteins including tuna, salmon, hamachi, toro and shrimp with extras like vegetables, nori, sauces and toppings available to add-on to create upwards of 10 different hand rolls.

An overhead shot of a sushi handroll kit, including a plate of rice, sheets of seaweed, slices of protein like tuna and shrimp, seasonings and two bowls of soup. The food is laid out on a wooden table.
A handroll kit for two from Kata Robata.
Julie Soefer

Lei Low

The fun of tropical vacation cocktails doesn’t seem so distant thanks to Lei Low’s DIY tiki cocktail kits, available to-go. These 32 oz Jugs of Paradise produce 4-6 seriously strong libations, and are presented with garnishes like orchids, mint and fun swizzle sticks. For a more interactive kit, opt for one of the exotic blender packs, which serve two and include all of the ingredients needed to blend the beverages at home. Order online.

Coppa Osteria

Try your hand at making this beloved Italian eatery’s pizza at home with budget-friendly DIY kits that are decidedly better than chain pizzeria delivery. The kits start at $17, and include dough, flour, cheese, marinara sauce, and olive oil, along with meaty toppings like prosciutto, sausage, and pepperoni. Step-by-step instructions serve as a guide on how to build the pie from scratch, with or without a pizza oven, and for the ultra-novice, there is a simple video tutorial on Coppa’s Facebook page. Orders may be called in, placed online at coppaosteriahouston.com, or made in person.

Brasserie Du Parc

Kimberly Paul, beverage director of Brasserie du Parc and Etoile, raises the bar with her thoughtfully prepared cocktail kits, which serve as an experience from start to finish. All are given special attention, but for something earthy and unique, try the Whiskey in my Tea, a treasure box complete with assorted tea bags, garnishes, house-made syrups, an envelope of spice blends and Tullamore Dew whiskey, plus perfect hot toddy glassware.

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