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Thursday, 14 August 2014

Chinese fakeaway.

A chinese is a rare treat in this house. Its awfully expensive to buy what everyone wants. Where is the fun in just ordering the same things when its a treat?

As i started slimming world i made my own version of a chines takeaway. None of it is my own recipes, it all belongs to slimming world. I have made other fakeaway meals before. Honey and lemon chicken and Chicken noodle soup being two that i have previously posted about. Tonight i was having a down day and really wanted the comfort aspect of a chinese. I didn't count the syn values of this as i knew it would be much less than an actual chinese. It is not a completely syn free meal though.

So tonight Matthew... we had a chinese fakeaway!

As you can tell, i made way to much :D I could not have squeezed more on this plate if i tried and alas, no matter how badly i wanted to stuff my belly with the lot, i just could not squeeze it all in! I was only supposed to put the homemade stuff on the plate but i had some shop brought things in the freezer i wanted to use up so they were cooked and bunged on as well. 

On the plate was: 
  • Home made pork balls
  • Homemade egg fried rice
  • Home marinated Spicy BBQ ribs
  • Homemade pork chow mein 
  • Shop brought mini spring rolls
  • Very small handful of oven chips 
  • Shop brought mini ribs
Egg Fried Rice

Ideally this would have been a better colour but i only had 1 egg. It was still yummy. I made this using the left over rice from the previous nights dinner. I did not add any additional ingredients either.

Total cost - Roughly 25p for 4 people because the rice was leftovers. 

Here is the recipe

Items needed:
  • 2 Eggs
  • Rice (Leftover or cooked then allowed to dry is better)
  • Oil
  • Seasonings - Salt, pepper, herbs or spices. Flavourings to suit your taste.
  • Additional ingredients (optional) - bacon, prawns, peas, sweetcorn, chicken, beef. You can pretty much add what you want to it. 
  1. If you are not using leftover rice, cook some and leave for at least an hour to dry. 
  2. In a small bowl, beat eggs and seasoning together. Leave to one side until ready to use your rice. 
  3. In a wok or frying pan, add some oil and begin browning the rice. Add clumps at a time to ensure you cook evenly. (I tend to throw it all in and stir it alot) If you are adding additional ingredients this is a good time to add them. 
  4. Once all your rice is browned slightly, push it all to one half of the pan. Pour the egg mixture into the other half. 
  5. Allow the egg to cook slightly so it firms up but it still runny. Then start to roll over the rice, stirring until completely coated. Keep mixing if you have additional ingredients until they are fully cooked. 
Can be eaten hot or cold and can be frozen once cooled. 

Personally for me i only use leftover meat when cooking this, meaning the meat just needs warming through. If using uncooked meat i suggest precooking that first to ensure it is cooked properly. 

Homemade Pork Balls

I love these! Dipped in a little sweet and sour sauce, they complete a chinese for me. From a takeaway they are awfully fatty though and very oily. This was made using left over pork from the night before.

Total cost - 20p for 4 people because the pork was leftovers.

As i am funny with meat, i would recommend pre cooking the pork chunks before hand, if using chicken i would personally pre cook. If batch cooking please see my note below recipe.

Here is the recipe

Things needed:

  • Chunks of pork - either leftovers or you can buy diced pork. 
  • Batter mix/ flour, water and egg if you want to make your own. 
  • Oil
  1. Prepare the batter mix (I used a packet) in a bowl and leave to one side. 
  2. In a wok or frying pan (or a fryer) Heat up some oil. *Do NOT leave unattended* The pork balls will need to be submerged in oil so a good amount is needed if using a pan. Turn the heat down once the oil is hot enough.
  3. Dip your pork chunks in flour and then into the batter. 
  4. Place the battered pork balls into the oil a few at a time and allow them to go a golden brown - Between 4-6 mins. 
  5. Once cooked, remove from oil and place onto kitchen towel to remove some of the oil
  6. Serve hot or allow to cool and freeze
Quick note on freezing -:

It is my understanding that meat should only be reheated once. As i used leftover pork which i reheated to make these i did not freeze them. If you are making them with the intention of freezing them. Use uncooked pork and once the balls are cooked, allow too cool then freeze. I would recommend freezing on a tray in a single layer until hardened and then transferring into a bag or container to fully freeze. If freezing, they need to be fully defrosted before using again and i would recommend oven cooking them to crisp the batter up (I find the batter can be quite soggy once defrosted) 

Pork Chow Mein

I brought the wrong noodles for this. I was trying to be smart as the noodles come in a pack of 2 - one pack is for tomorrows stir fry. I should have used egg noodles. It was nice but they were very thick. I would usually use bean sprouts too but Morrisons had none at all.
This was the 2nd most expensive to make. You can however make it cheaper.

Total cost - £1.20 for 4 people because the pork was leftovers and i used  half a jar of sauce.

Things needed:

  • Noodles
  • Pork or if you prefer, chicken, beef or vegetables.
  • Stir fry sauce. (You can make your own but i was being lazy and used a jar) 

It is pretty much a bung in the pan job, much like making a stir fry. I used a jar of cantonese sauce by Uncle Bens

This can be frozen too but use uncooked meat if freezing. 

Spicy BBQ Marinade - For the pork ribs

I forgot to take pictures, they did not last very long once on my plate :D This was my first time trying this. 

Total cost - £1.65 for 4 people because i brought the ribs fresh. 

Items needed: 

  • Pork ribs
  • Passata
  • Tomato Puree
  • 1 Tbsp Tabasco sauce (adjust for personal taste)
  • Chilli flakes, seasoning (optional)
  1. Add the passata, 1 tbsp of tom puree and the tabasco sauce into a large bowl and stir
  2. Add the ribs and cover completely. 
  3. Cover and transfer into the fridge. Overnight is best. 
You can place the ribs and the mixture into a ziplock bag if you prefer. I only left the ribs in the fridge for 3 hours and then cooked in the sauce. The result was a sticky sauce which was perfect for my tastes. 

Next time i think i will not bother making it a marinade, use less passata and just cook in a thick sauce. 

Total cost for the whole meal - £3.30 for 4 people. I already had the shop brought ingredients in the freezer. 

Over all i am pleased with how it turned out. There was leftovers but that was partly due to me just making too much. We ate the rest cold later in the evening when our bellies had settled. I will make again, but will make much less food :D Price wise... it is much much cheaper than going to our local takeaway. Perhaps not as nice but with a chinese takeaway pushing £37 to feed us the meals we want, a saving of £34 is worth it to me :)

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