Chinese Fakeaway

Hello Dear Reader,

It’s been one of those days where I’ve really fancied junk food! You know the days when you’d really love a takeaway but the budget won’t include it. If you wanted to cook this and wanted it to stretch further then add rice and you’ll need less stir fry; we’re always trying to eat more veggies, so we had kale.

The kale was one of Lidl’s five offers and was 59p

The bag of stir fry veggies was 75p from a Farm Foods

I used three pork loin steaks cut up and were 33p each from Farm foods, 99p in total. 

I made the sweet and sour sauce from 60ml ketchup, 60ml of honey and 60ml of wine vinegar, with a heaped teaspoon of cornflour with 60ml of water. Mix well together and have ready. 40p. 

I used KTC ginger and garlic which is 80p a jar and I used 2 tablespoons, which is about 1/10th of the jar, so 8p. 

Here’s how I made it. Be warned, its quick!

1. Boil the kettle and pour over the kale, this cooks in ten minutes.

2. Cut the defrosted pork steaks into strips.

3. Heat a wok or frying pan to smoking hot.

4. Add the bag of frozen stir fry veggies and pork and keep stirring.

5. When almost cooked, add 2 tablespoons of minced ginger and garlic. You can of course use fresh, but I keep this in my cupboard any way.

6. Stir well and add the sweet and sour sauce.

7. Stir until thickened. 

Serve with your choice of either rice or vegetables. £1.40 each. That pushes our budget a bit further than normal but hey, it’s way cheaper than a takeaway. I love a sweet and sour sauce and the balance of plenty of veg balances out all of that sugary honey. It was also great as I didn’t need to add any oil and takeaways are dripping in it! 

Over to you Dear Reader, what take away do you fake as you can make it more cheaply and far more healthily yourself? 

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxxxx


18 thoughts on “Chinese Fakeaway

  1. Our favourite takeaway is curry, saag alloo (spinach and potato dish), rice and poppadoms. It’s more expensive to make than our usual main meals but still a fraction of the cost of a takeaway and delicious.


  2. Burgers – I use Jack Monroe’s (A girl called Jack) recipe for vegi-burgers made from a base of red kidney beans. They are delicious and very cheap.


  3. Good morning Froogs,
    Lovely Hubby is a fisherman and we eat fresh fish about 3 times a week, he also does the majority of the fish cooking with me making the occasional fish curry out of stronger flavoured fish. I would hate to imagine the cost of buying this much fish each week. So far this week he has made a Asian style steamed whole cod with ginger and spring onions, oh my it is divine. Over the week end he is doing tempura whiting, it’s one of our favourites. Have a lovely day.


  4. I love sushi and it is a bit of a pain to prepare. When we do go out for sushi it is not so expensive as I keep my portion down to $10. I have cut down on meals out and cooking at home more. As ever I am impressed by your dedication. I am also surprised by the cost of the ingredients. Our dollar has a terrible exchange rate and last time I looked at kale it was over $4 a bunch. I used frozen spinach instead at $1 a box.


    • Suzanne. I’m sure you’ve thought of this but kale is super easy to grow – my autumn garden is full of Japanese cabbage (it doesnt heart), Chinese greens, kale and lettuce. I cut all of these as needed and they keep growing.

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      • We lost every plant and herb over this summer. Anyway next week I shall plant some more. It is finally turning cooler.


  5. This looks delicious! Some of our favourite fake away meals are:
    Butter chicken, it’s a more expensive meal, but for $15 to $20 AUD it feeds our family of 4 at least twice. Much cheaper than buying Indian (& I know what’s in it).
    Hamburgers – the kids love these and I can make them gf so I can eat them. Also, heaps more salad.
    Pizza – my kids love Hawaiian pizza and pizza with just cheese. Much cheaper to make at home.


  6. I’m trying to cut back on “white” foods, rice, potatoes, bread. I think I might try this, but add a whole lot more carrots or other lower cost veg on the side. I wonder about chick peas in this as the protein-anyone try sweet and sour chick peas?


  7. You can fakeaway seaweed by spritzing the kale with oil, grinding salt/pepper/spices over & popping in a hot oven for a few minutes until crispy. It shrinks to nothing but fills a craving!


  8. I do about everything from scratch. I’m retired anyhow, so do have the time to make such things. Tonight I made homemade pizza, and half is left for another meal. We do eat out about once a week but never anyplace very expensive. Sometimes my husband will forget and I’ll have to remind him! This week it was BBQ at our favorite place but we used a gift card my husband got from his birthday–there is still money left on it, too. We usually just get a sandwich and a side as the smoked meat is the best part, and I can’t finish that much most days. Either my husband shares the rest of mine or I take it home. Whole dinners are more expensive and only add a second side and garlic toast–nothing special.


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