I do love Chinese takeaways. But I’ve decided, I love being slim more.
I also believe that diet and weight loss success is all about moderation. So whilst I will indulge in a takeaway once in a while, I’ve been spending time in the kitchen figuring out how to make my favourite dishes HEALTHY and TASTY so that I can enjoy these all the time, with none of the guilt
My latest Chinese dish to get the ‘Fakeaway’ makeover is inspired by my love of duck pancakes.
- Vietnamese rice paper thins (available from your local Chinese supermarket)
- Skinless chicken breast
- Sainsbury’s rice noodles (from the fresh stir fry section)
- Spring onion
But really… you can throw any lean meat or veggies into these! Why not add prawns or peppers. Whatever you fancy!
The secret to this dish is PREPARATION. Have everything you need to hand before you start and you can whip up a batch in no time at all.
- Cook your skinless chicken breast and shred (or buy pre-cooked for convenience).
- Open your bag of pre-cooked rice noodles << easy!
- Finely slice (or grate) your carrot. I used one of those julienne do-dahs that look like a potato peeler 😀
- Cut your cucumber into batons
- Finely slice your spring onions length ways
- Pick a few nice stems of coriander
- Pop into separate bowls
These Vietnamese rice paper thins are are new fab find of mine.
With only 0.3 kcal per 100g and 0 g fat they are Syn Free! on the Slimming World Extra Easy plan. And you can pile so much goodness into them!
To prepare the wraps, all you need to do is dip them into hot water for a few seconds to soften.
I found it easiest to put a frying pan on the hob and 1/2 fill with ‘hand hot’ water. With the hob on its lowest setting, it kept the water temperature perfect as I made up a batch.
Gently place one wrap into the hot water and fully immerse for a couple of seconds.
Remove the softened rice paper wrap and carefully place on a plate.
Top with your rice noodles, shredded chicken, carrot, cucumber, spring onion and coriander.
Pull the edge closest to you over the top, wrap the sides in and roll into a pancake.
Slimming World Info:
If you’re following the Slimming World ‘Extra Easy’ plan this Chinese-style pancake recipe contains just 1/2 syn per person (for the rice noodles). All other ingredients are FREE on the plan All those pancakes above for just 1/2 a syn!
By comparison, a typical portion of peking duck pancakes from a Chinese takeaway is sixty times that amount at 30 syns!
‘Fakeaway’ IS the new ‘Takeaway!’
Please note, these are Sainsbury’s rice noodles at 1/2 syn per 100g from a 300g bag. Other supermarket rice noodles are much higher. For example, Tesco rice noodles are 13.5 syns for a 375g bag. (Source: Slimming World syns online)
Enjoy this Slimming World friendly pancake recipe with my delicious healthy egg ‘fried’ rice and crispy seaweed dishes too.
I’ve included 5 prawn crackers for just 1.5 syns – enjoy everything you see below for just 5 syns!
Why not add a tablespoon of hoisin sauce to dip your pancakes into for just an extra 2 syns.
Go to: crispy seaweed recipe
Go to: egg ‘fried’ rice recipe
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