Aldi's Chinese fakeaway costs under £8 – and it could save you £32
ALDI is selling a new Chinese “fakeaway” range for less than £2 a head to welcome in the Year of the Ox.
The supermarket has launched a new oriental range to celebrate Chinese New Year which starts on February 12.
The menu includes Singapore noodles and Katsu-sauce as well as coconut and lemongrass stir-fry.
The range will be available in stores only from February 4 and you can look up your nearest Aldi branch here.
The fakeaway includes, Singapore noodles, which are coated in a curry paste and red chilli dressing or plain rice noodles – both 99p.
You can also choose from a coconut and lemongrass sauce or katsu sauce, both for 79p to pair with the noodles or rice.
Aldi’s Chinese New Year fakeaway menu
YOU can mix and match the noodles, sauces and veg below.
- Aldi’s Singapore Noodles (300g) – 99p
- Aldi’s Rice Noodles (300g) – 99p
- Aldi's Coconut and Lemongrass Stir-Fry Sauce (175m) – 79p
- Aldi’s Katsu Sauce (175ml) – 79p
- Aldi’s Specially Selected Shiitake and Pak Cho (200g) – 79p
- Aldi’s Specially Selected Tenderstem Stir-Fry (240g) – £1.99
Other options to add to the mix include Shiitake and Pak Choi for £1.89 or Tenderstem Stir-Fry for £1.99, which inlcudes tenderstem broccoli, red onion, pak choi and chilli.
You’ll have to buy any meat or other extra toppings separately so bear this in mind when it comes to the full cost.
Aldi has suggested a chilli prawn and broccoli stir-fry recipe which serves four and together costs just £7.59 if you buy all the ingredients from the supermarket.
For a slightly pricier option, you could whip together Aldi’s coconut beef curry recipe for four for just £10.13.
Aldi’s Chinese fakeaway recipes
THE supermarket has put together two recipes for the Chinese New Year celebrations.
Chilli Prawn and Broccoli Stir-Fry (Serves 4. Prep Time: 5 mins – plus defrosting the prawns. Cook Time: 20 mins. Cost: £7.59)
- 2 x 200g packs Specially Selected Raw Jumbo Prawns (£4.38)
- 2 x 240g bags Specially Selected Tenderstem Broccoli Stir-Fry (£2.74)
- 3 x cloves Garlic (4p)
- 15g fresh Ginger peeled (8p)
- 30ml Honey (7p)
- 30ml Soy Sauce (9p)
- 1 x tsp Chilli Powder (4p)
- 1 x Lime juiced (15p)
- 160g dried Egg Noodles (2 sheets) (45p)
- Sunflower Oil to fry
- 6g fresh Coriander, chopped (8p)
- Defrost the prawns, grate the ginger and peel and mince the garlic.
- In a small bowl, mix together the ginger, garlic, soy sauce, honey, chilli powder and lime juice. Heat some oil in a wok and stir fry the broccoli, then add the prawns and cook for about 12 to 15 minutes until the prawns turn pink.
- Cook the egg noodles in boiling water as per instructions on the pack, ensuring to drain well. Add the soy and honey sauce to the wok and heat through.
- Serve the noodles and stir-fry topped with the chopped coriander.
Coconut Beef Curry (Serves 4. Prep time: 5 mins. Cook Time: 20 mins. Cost: £10.13)
- 800g Rump Steaks (£6.66)
- 2 x Red Onions (32p)
- 1 x Green Pepper (26p)
- 300g Rice Noodles (99p)
- 300g Bean Sprouts (69p)
- 60ml Olive Oil with Garlic
- 2 x 175ml Coconut and Lemon Grass Stir-Fry Sauce (98p)
- 1 x heaped tsp Curry Powder (4p)
- 30ml Soy Sauce (9p)
- 8g fresh Coriander, chopped (10p)
- Cut the rump steaks into strips and peel and slice the red onions into small wedges. Slice the pepper into strips, removing any white pith or seeds.
- Heat the oil in a wok and stir fry the steak, sliced peppers and onions for about 10 minutes. Add the bean sprouts, curry powder, soy sauce, and coconut and lemon grass sauce.
- Cook for an additional 5 minutes until heated through. Meanwhile, cook the rice noodles as per instructions on the pack.
- Serve the stir-fry with the rice noodles and top with the chopped coriander
On average, Brits can spend £9.86 per person on a Chinese takeaway, according to Statista.
So for a family of four, a Chinese takeaway can cost around £39.44.
But you can cut costs by up to £7.97 a head or £31.85 for four people if you choose to make your own meal from Aldi’s fakeaway menu.
Before you part with your cash, make sure you compare Aldi’s Chinese food offering to other supermarkets.
Tesco has a 1.14kg all-in-one Chinese meal box that serves two people for £7.50 so for a family of four it would cost £15.
Although it is more expensive than Aldi’s, you would still save an average £24.44 compared to ordering a takeaway for your whole family.
The Tesco option also contains a much bigger selection of Chinese favourites and all you have to do is heat them up.
The box includes chicken in a blackbean sauce as well as sweet and sour chicken, egg fried rice, vegetable spring rolls and prawn crackers.
You can pick it up in your local Tesco branch or order it online, but don’t forget to take delivery costs into account.
Asda also does an all-in-one Chinese takeaway box for two that cost even less than Tesco at £7 for 1.19kg.
It includes chicken curry, sweet and sour chicken, egg-fried rice, prawn crackers and vegetable spring rolls.
The box is available at your Asda stores or online, but extra delivery costs may apply.
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