So today we’ll talk about that Chinese Takeaway. A little while ago, wifey really wanted to make a Chinese Fakeaway buffet. We had planned the Saturday night originally, but that went out the window when the little one had a funny turn. Sitting in the hospital to see a doc to get discharged with no issue was done instead.

So on the Monday she went all out and made the best Chinese Fakeaway I’ve had. Best of all it was all on plan with Slimming World.

Now depending on your tastes, there are different dishes which everyone loves. If we ever have a takeaway or eat at a Chinese restaurant, we always have a mix of different things and share between us – just what we do. I know some people (like my lil’ brother) will just order they like and have that.

I love a good Chinese Takeaway, it’s one of my favourites. The different dishes you can order often means there is something that can satisfy any mood. The problem is everything, and I mean everything, is cooked in oil. It’s greasy and salty. Obviously, when slimming, something greasy and cooked in oil like that is not a good thing. But there are ways of making slimming friendly versions of your favourite Chinese Takeaway dishes.

Above is the little banquet wifey made us. She even went all out and bought some tin foil trays to me it seem like a real takeaway, only in fakeaway version.

In the multiple trays above we have Egg Fried Rice, Chicken Chow Mein, Salt ‘n’ Pepper Chips, Chicken Nuggets (supposed to replace Chicken Balls), Baked Kale (to replace Seaweed) and Beef Burnt Ends in BBQ Sauce (replacing Ribs in BBQ Sauce). When served, we had a small pot of Curry Sauce from the frozen Slimming World range. I will add some of these fine foods as recipes over the coming weeks to the blog, but for now, I’ll just give a quick overview of each.

Egg Fried Rice – Boil your plain rice as per the packet instructions. Once boiled, drain and add to Wok with plenty of FryLight. Move the rice in the Wok to one side and add the Egg. Keep moving the egg around until it starts to scramble then mix into the rice. Add Soy Sauce – as much as you’d like to taste.

Chicken Chow Mein – Cook your noodles as per the packet instruction and drain. Fry off some chicken, peppers, mushrooms and peas, then add them to the noodles. Mix well with Soy Sauce.

Salt ‘n’ Pepper Chips – Make some chips from potatoes and spray well with FryLight. Add some slices Peppers and Spring Onion to the baking tray then bake in the oven. Add sprinkles of Salt, Pepper and Paprika (or use JD Seasonings Salt ‘n’ Pepper Chip) halfway through and mix well before putting back in the oven to finish off.

Chicken Nuggets – Easily made by getting some Quorn Chicken Nuggets and cooking as per instruction. You can make you’re own from actual chicken but that’s a hefty recipe for another day.

Baked Kale – Very easy to both make and burn! Chop up some Kale into small pieces like you get Seaweed from the Chinese. Place on a baking tray and sprinkle some sweetener over the top before covering with FryLight. Bake in the oven for no more than 5 minutes – any longer it will go black and turn to powder – trust me!

Beef Burnt Ends – Wifey bought these from Asda. It’s 2 syns for the pack and there’s a decent amount in there. Just tasted like bits of Spare Ribs in BBQ Sauce and easy to cook, just whack in the oven as per instructions on the packet.

Curry Sauce – easiest part of the lot. Buy the Slimming World Curry Sauce from Iceland and Microwave as instructed.

Once plated up it looks immense and it tasted damn good too! I’d hate to count the syns on something like this from the local takeaway, but this Fakeaway version came in at 3 syns (0.5 each for the Nuggets and 1 syn for the Burnt Ends).

There are other ways if you fancy just the one dish though. We’ve made Sweet ‘n’ Sour Chicken, syn free of course, in the past. But Slimming World at the moment have some Chinese Style dishes available from Iceland. These are perfect for when you don’t have time to actually prep and cook a meal.

If you like your noodles, the possibilities are endless to make some sort of dish. You can basically mix the noodles with any veg and/or meat and add some Soy Sauce with some Chinese 5 Spice seasoning and create a beautiful dish.

Have fun experimenting if Chinese is something you love to eat. And a Happy New Year to any Chinese followers!