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4 Healthy Chinese Dishes That Won't Break The Bank

Keep the holes out of your wallet and stay healthy with these 5 dishes that won’t break the bank! Find 4 recipes with their respective cost breakdown to cope with rising GST and still fill your belly with comfort food!

Our one-pot-wonder recipes are easy to make, with minimal clean up and consists of ingredients you probably already have at home.

Classic Tomato Egg Stir Fry

You can never go wrong with this “one-pan” classic dish that serves 2 with only 2 main ingredients.


  1. 2 whole tomatoes (~$0.50)

  2. 2 eggs (~$0.40)

  3. Pinch of salt (~$0.02)

  4. Pepper (~$0.04)

  5. 1 Teaspoon Sesame Oil (~$0.05)

  6. ½ Tablespoon Sugar (~$0.10)

Cooking Directions

  • Heat Sesame Oil on medium heat until hot.

  • While oil is heating, cut whole tomatoes into 8 slices.

  • Fry tomatoes on low to medium heat until desired texture is almost reached.

  • Season to taste with salt, pepper and sugar

  • Serve hot and top it off with finely chopped scallions if you have that in your refrigerator!

This will set you back at about ~$1.10 per plate, ~$0.55 per pax.

Sesame Oil Chicken

Sesame oil chicken. A Chinese/Asian favourite that brings back all the memories of coming home to the fragrance of sesame oil and ginger. If you’re a student living in a dorm, we would suggest heading out to prepare this dish instead of in your room. Of course, unless you’d be happy to have the lingering smell of sesame oil in your sheets for the next week.


  1. Pack of chicken (Cubed or bite-sized pieces) (~$3-4)

  2. 1 piece of Ginger (~$0.50)

  3. 2 tablespoons of minced Garlic (~$0.20)

  4. 4 tablespoons Sesame Oil (~$0.20)

  5. Light & Dark Soy Sauce (~$0.20)

Cooking Directions

  • Add sesame oil to coat the pan or wok that you are using and fry garlic and ginger slices until golden brown.

  • To the pan, add light soy sauce, dark soy sauce and a dash more of sesame oil. Adding an additional spoon of sesame oil helps to give the dish a little more depth.

  • Flavour with salt and pepper to taste. Both are optional as the other ingredients are flavourful enough.

  • Pour a cup of water into the work when the chicken is well-cooked on the outside. (Our secret is to add a couple tablespoons of Shao Xing Wine in this step or during the marinating stage)

  • Cover with a lid and turn heat down to medium.

  • Let simmer for up to 15 minutes.

  • Garnish and serve hot.

Cost per dish that serves 3-4pax will cost you an estimated ~$5.10 or ~$1.30/pax.

Stir Fried Bok Choy

The perfect crunchy and leafy addition to every table and keeps every palate refreshed. Usher in festivities with a pop of green.


  1. Pack of Bok Choy (~$1-2)

  2. 1 tablespoon of minced Garlic (~$0.20)

  3. 3 tablespoons Sesame Oil (~$0.20)

  4. 1 tablespoon light soy sauce (~$0.05)

  5. ½ tablespoon oyster sauce (~$0.10)

Cooking Directions

  • Add oil of choice and heat pan on high

  • Fry garlic until golden and fragrant

  • Lower heat to medium and add Bok Choy to pan

  • Season with Light Soy Sauce, Oyster Sauce and Sesame Oil

  • Remove from heat before Bok Choy softens

  • Serve while hot and season with fried garlic bits (Optional)

Cost per dish that serves 3-4pax will cost you an estimated ~$2.50 or ~$1.20/pax.

Classic Steamed Egg with Spring Onion

Homely, comforting and warm. The only words that can describe the taste of silky steamed eggs on a rainy day or after a long day out. It’s an easy dish with only 4 ingredients and costs less than $0.50 per dish. Paired with warm and fluffy steamed rice, this has been an Asian staple in the list of comfort foods.


  1. 2 Eggs (~$0.40)

  2. 200ml Water or Chicken Broth

  3. Spring Onions (~$0.03)

  4. 2 tablespoons Sesame Oil (~$0.15)

Cooking Directions

  • Beat 2 Egss with 200ml of water and add to a pot

  • Cover and let steam for 8-10 minutes

  • Remove after steaming and add Sesame Oil to Steamed Eggs

  • Chop Sping Onions as garnish and serve while hot

This dish is good for 1-2pax.

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