chinese feast

I've taken some of my favourite Chinese dishes here & adapted them to suit a budget!

A lot of the ingredients can be kept in your store cupboard & with some clever shopping this whole feast comes in at just under £10!!

The chicken wings can be as spicy as you like & you could even use fresh chiili if you're a real spice fiend!

The 5 Spice Pork is my simpler version of Yuk Sung, a favourite for sharing.


My absolute favourite though are the Sesame Prawn Toasts. They take a little effort but I think once you've tried them you will never get take away again!



Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wings

Sesame Prawn Toasts

5-Spice Pork & Lettuce Cups



sweet & spicy chicken wings

Serves 4 Approx 70p per person

Prep time 10 minutes Marinating time 3-4 hours (or overnight if possible)


Cooking time 35 minutes




8 chicken wings

3 tbsp runny honey

2 tbsp soy sauce

50ml olive oil

½ tsp pepper

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp cayenne pepper or chilli powder (alternatively use a chopped fresh red chilli!)


1 tsp garlic powder or 2 cloves garlic crushed



Place the chicken wings into a shallow baking dish. Put all the other ingredients into a jug & mix together. Pour the mixture over the wings. Turn the wings over a few times to make sure they get well coated. Cover with cling film & place in the fridge for 3-4 hours or overnight if possible.

Preheat the oven to 170 Fan/190C/Gas 5

Remove the wings from the fridge & transfer to a baking tray lined with foil.

Place the wings in the oven for 35 minutes until dark brown & crispy.

Transfer to a warmed serving dish with a lid. Keep in the warm oven with the Pork while you cook the prawn toasts.

5-spice pork & lettuce cups

Serves 4 Approx 68p per person


Prep time 5 minutes Cooking time 10 minutes





500g pork mince

½ bunch spring onions, chopped

1 tbsp soy sauce

1tsp 5-spice

1 tbsp water


1 pack Little Gem lettuce




Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat.

Add the spring onions & cook until soft then add the mince.


When the mince is almost competely browned add the soy sauce, water & 5-spice. Stir well & cook for another 5-6 minutes.

Transfer to a warmed serving dish with a lid.

You can keep this in a warm oven while you cook the Prawn toasts if you like.

Separate the lettuce leaves & trim any rough stalks.


Serve the lettuce with the pork & let your guests fill them themselves.

sesame prawn toasts

Serves 4 Approx 92p per person


Prep time 20 mins Cooking time 8-10 minutes




250g prawns, defrosted if frozen

1 egg white

½ bunch spring onions, chopped

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 tsp ground ginger

pinch of salt

4 slices white bread, medium sliced works well

80g sesame seeds


sunflower oil for deep frying

Place the prawns, garlic, spring onions, ginger, salt & egg white into a food processor & blitz to a paste.


Put the sesame seeds onto a plate.

Cut the bread into quarters diagonally & spread each piece with the prawn mixture.

Take each piece of bread & place paste side down into the sesame seeds. Press gently to ensure they get a good coating.


Place them on a plate or tray while you do the rest.

Fill a large saucepan or wok with sunflower oil no more than halfway on a medium to high heat.

To check the oil is hot enough carefully put a small piece of bread in. If it sizzles & browns it's ready!

Using a slotted spoon VERY CAREFULLY lower the toasts into the oil. 3-4 at a time depending on the size of your pan/wok.

Allow to cook for about 40-50 seconds then CAREFULLY turn them & cook the other side for the same length of time. Lift out with your slotted spoon & place on some kitchen paper. Repeat with the rest.


Serve hot.

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