Eating on a budget - Chinese Egg Fried Rice
When you get to the weekend it can be all too tempting to head to the nearest takeaway and splurge your cash on quick and easy food, but doing this every week is a surefire way of breaking your budget.
Instead, why not take on the challenge of making your favourite meal yourself – not only is it likely to be a healthier version (because you know exactly what has gone into it) but it will be far cheaper too.
There are plenty of DIY takeaway recipes online, but if you're still a beginner in the kitchen here’s a really simple dish for you to try.
This recipe will serve 2 people (or just you if you have a large appetite after a long week of study), but the quantities are easily doubled or tripled if you’re inviting your mates around for a Friday night feast!
Chinese Egg-Fried Rice
What you’ll need…
- 250g Basmati rice (44p)
- 1 tbsp oil (5p)
- 2 rashers of bacon, chopped (50p)
- 175g mushrooms, sliced (40p)
- 200g frozen peas (15p)
- 1 garlic clove, crushed (5p)
- 2 tbsp soy sauce (5p)
- 1 egg, beaten (15p)
Optional: 150g cooked chicken (great if you’ve got leftovers for another recipe)
Total Cost: 90p per serving (without chicken)1
Bring a pan of water to the boil, then add your rice. Cook for around 8-10 mins (or according to the pack instructions) until the rice is cooked – it should be still firm rather than too soft, otherwise you’ll risk it going to mushy when it’s cooked further.
In a deep frying pan or wok, heat up the oil. Add the bacon and mushrooms to the pan and fry for around 3 mins until golden.
Now add the frozen peas, garlic and chicken - if you’re using it - and heat through, stirring all the time until it is piping hot.
Tip your boiled rice into the wok along with the soy sauce and stir all the ingredients together – cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
With a wooden spoon, make a well in the centre of the rice mixture and pour in your egg – after about 10-15 seconds the egg will begin to set slightly, stir it briskly and toss it around with the rest of the ingredients.
Stir-fry for a further 1 minute to make sure everything is cooked thoroughly and serve straight away. If you wish you can add soy sauce or other seasoning to taste.
A cheap and tasty meal in around 15-20 minutes - that's probably even quicker than waiting for the delivery van to arrive!
1 Cost based on the lowest priced items at Asda.com. Prices at other supermarkets may vary.