“ Brand: Asda / Type: Other Ready Meals „
I always look in the markdowns cabinet when I go to Asda, because I do love a bargain! Last time I went I saw this Asda Chinese Special Chow Mein in the cabinet. It has a normal price of £2.98 but had been marked down to £1.63 so I thought I would give it a go. The chow mein comes in a black plastic tray with a clear cellophane cover. It is not boxed and can be found in the takeaway meals section of the supermarket. It is described on the top of the tray as containing 'Cooked egg noodles, chicken, prawns, char sui pork, crunchy vegetables and Chinese mushrooms in a fragrant soy, ginger and garlic sauce'. I thought this sounded lovely so I was excited to eat it later on. The chow mein can be frozen if you wish, but it needs to be fully defrosted before you cook it. This is a shame as I prefer meals that can be cooked from frozen, but it's not too much of an issue. The meal can easily be cooked either in the oven or in the microwave, where it takes only five to six minutes which is very convenient! Once I'd put the chow mein on the plate I was impressed at the portion size. It filled up a medium sized dinner plate and was larger than many ready meals I've tried recently. If you were having it with another Chinese style food then you could of course split it between two people. There were a decent amount of large chunks of chicken and slices of pork in amongst the noodles, but not very many prawns and certainly not many vegetables. You wouldn't make up one of your five a day from this meal! I think it could have done with more vegetables and perhaps they could have missed out the prawns altogether, as they were quite small and quite tasteless. I enjoyed the chicken and pork and found them to be well cooked, not too chewy and there was only a little fat left on the pork. The noodles were very soft and pleasant too. However in general I felt the meal lacked a bit of taste and that the sauce could have been much stronger and more interesting. I don't think I would buy this at full price because although it is a decent sized portion and it is definitely cheaper than getting a real takeaway, it is not the tastiest meal I've had and it's quite pricey for a ready meal. However if I saw it reduced again I would probably pick it up! The entire portion contains 540 calories, 8.1 grams of sugar, 13.1 grams of fat, 1.8 grams of saturated fat and 3.5 grams of salt. The saturated fat is impressively low and the calories are quite acceptable for a Chinese meal, but for anyone following a low salt diet the salt content is quite high so you may want to avoid this.