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Crispy chilli beef with rice noodles

Fakeaways: crispy chilli beef with rice noodles

Instead of deep-fried beef strips, we use lean mince in our crispy chilli beef, making this delicious dish low in saturated fat.

Crispy beef with rice noodles

300 calories per serving
Fakeaway chilli beef: 3.2g saturated fat per serving
Takeaway chilli beef: 10.8g sat fat per serving

Serves 2


  • 1 tbsp peanuts, unsalted
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp Chinese five spice
  • 200g lean minced beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Thumb-sized piece of ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp runny honey
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 red chilli, sliced
  • 100g rice noodles
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 50g radishes, sliced
  • ½ an iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • Handful of fresh coriander leaves, to garnish


  1. Lightly toast the peanuts in a dry frying pan, crush in a pestle and mortar and put aside.
  2. Put the sesame oil and the Chinese five spice into a wok, set over a medium-to-high heat and add the mince, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon. Cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Add half the garlic and ginger and the honey and stir-fry for 5 minutes until meat starts to crisp up.
  4. Meanwhile, add the remaining garlic and ginger to a small bowl, followed by the fish sauce, soy sauce, lime juice and red chilli to make a dressing.
  5. Cook the noodles according to packet instructions. In a large bowl, add the spring onions, carrot, radishes and iceberg lettuce and toss to combine.
  6. To serve, place large spoonfuls of salad on the plates followed by the noodles. Spoon over the crispy beef, sprinkle with the peanuts and drizzle with the dressing. Garnish with fresh coriander.

Rob Hobson MSc RNutr is an award-winning registered nutritionist (AFN) and sports nutritionist (SENR) with over 15 years of experience. He founded London-based consultancy RH Nutrition, and has degrees in nutrition, public health nutrition and sports nutrition.

Find out more at Rob Hobson's website, or read more about Healthspan's health experts.

Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn't possible, supplements can help. This article isn't intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.