Cheap eats: Mince and cabbage stir fry

My mum used to do a version of this. I have cobbled it together from memory; it’s not quite as nice as when she makes it, but recipes passed down from mothers and grandmothers rarely are, are they? My grandmother used to make a delicious salad dressing that I’ve never been able to replicate.

Anyway, this comes in at a cost of about £3.00, which will give you 4 adult servings, depending on where you shop and what quality mince you buy, and assuming you have a basic pantry of aromatics and soy sauce.

It’s a little bit crunchy, with spicy, salty flavours. It’s also very quick to make, so it’s perfect mid-week. This taste even better the next day, so take a serve for lunch.


What you need

  • 500g mince (you could use pork, beef or turkey)
  • Small cabbage, finely sliced (I like sweetheart but regular white cabbage is fine, too)
  • Medium brown onion, finely fliced
  • Pack of supernoodles or a cake of fine egg noodles
  • A red chilli, chopped
  • At least 2, maybe 3, garlic cloves, minced
  • A knob of ginger, grated
  • A dash (15 mls?) of soy sauce
  • Oil for cooking
  • Spring onions, if you have them, finely sliced for garnish


What you do

  1. Heat oil in a wok or frypan. Brown the mince then set aside
  2. Meanwhile, cook your supernoodles or pour boiling water over the egg noodles
  3. Add a little more oil to the pan, and when shiny and hot, tip in the garlic, ginger and chillis and cook for about a minute
  4. Turn the heat down, add the sliced onions and cook until soft, then add the cabbage. Pop a lid over and cook until slightly softened, but not soft – you want to retain some bite
  5. Tip the mince back in, and the cooked, drained noodles. Pour over the soy sauce and stir well before serving. Scatter over the spring onions, if using.


Make it veggie:
Use tofu or Quorn in place of the mince
Make it low-carb: Remove the noodles or replace with zero-noodles
Make it child-friendly: Use less chilli

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One thought on “Cheap eats: Mince and cabbage stir fry

  1. This sounds and looks delicious! I am a nutritionist and I just started my own blog about healthy and affordable eating. Feel free to check it out! And I look forward to seeing more of your posts! Monica x

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