Chinese Curry Sauce - Chip Chop Style! (2023)

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This homemade takeaway Chinese curry sauce – served British chip shop style on fat chips is never going to be Instagram worthy – but is so so good. Thick, gloopy with no added nasties. A great fakeaway treat. Naturally vegan and gluten free.

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Yes, it’s possible to exist on a diet high in virtuousness and low in sin, all steamed vegetables and righteousness. But sometimes the urge to shun all that’s healthy and indulge in of a wicked treat is strong. And this Chinese curry sauce is the perfect example; it will never be a staple, but every now and then I’m going to really enjoy going full trashy with Chinese curry sauce, especially on chips. It’s the perfect sauce for enjoying a fakeaway home-made takeaway treat.

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There is nothing authentic about this Chinese curry sauce. Britain might have a proud maritime history, with a melting pot of food cultures incorporating all sorts of dishes from East and West, but sometimes they are adapted into something unrecognizably different from the original. This is one example; there is nothing Chinese or Indian about it. Doesn’t mean it’s not good, though.

I have to briefly touch on the way this takeaway curry sauce looks. There’s no way of dressing it up to look good, and there are so many rather unsavoury possible points of comparison that I’m not even going to start listing them. The only thing to do is ignore it, and get stuck in.

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The perfect way to serve this Chinese takeaway curry sauce is on proper thick cut chips, eating them while walking home from the pub. Short of that, you can use a helping of chip shop chips, or even ones you’ve cooked yourself (they could even be oven chips). The advantage of eating our sauce rather than that from the shop is that ours contains no chemical flavours or preservatives. It’s also both vegan and gluten free. And it’s not just for chips: there are plenty of other ways of using this sauce.

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I’ve got leftover Chinese Curry Sauce – Can I freeze it?

Absolutely you can freeze this easy curry sauce. Pour into a small plastic tub and freeze. Allow to defrost and reheat a small quantity in the microwave. It will keep in the fridge for a few days too, giving you an excuse for more chips to use it up!

3 more ways to serve Chinese curry sauce

  • Noodles. Cook some Asian noodles according to the packet instructions. Drizzle over some sauce for that indulgent treat without the hassle of chips.
  • Stir fry sauce. Fry some small pieces of chicken. Add vegetables. Then pour over the Chinese curry sauce and cook for a few minutes.
  • Rice. Like noodles, cook some rice according to your favourite method. Stir fry some vegetables, add the rice and curry sauce and heat through. Or drizzle it over my Instant Pot Chinese Rice.

This recipe relies on cornflour to give it the right thick and slightly sticky consistency. Follow these guidelines for cornflower success.

(Video) Easy Chinese Curry Sauce | Chip Shop Style Curry Sauce

How to thicken a sauce with cornflour (cornstarch)

Cornflour is an excellent thickener for sauces, soups and stews. Unlike regular flour it does not need cooking with fat into a roux to stop it tasting floury.
Just a little cornflour will thicken most liquids to a glossy coating sauce. It also has the advantage of being gluten free.

Simply place 1-2 tsp per litre of liquid you would like thickening into a small bowl, add a couple of table spoons of liquid, mix well and then stir through the dish, allow to cook for a few minutes to thicken, and repeat as needed. A little goes a long way, and it will get thicker as it cooks, so it is better to do it in stages than add too much.

The important thing to remember is always add the liquid to the cornflour rather than the other way round. Dishes thickened with cornflour can be slightly gelatinous, especially if you want to make a really thick sauce, which makes it perfect for Asian and Chinese style sauces.

This recipe is quite straightforward. Mix some of the cornflour and spices give them a quick fry, then slowly add the stock, thicken, then simmer until it is nicely thick and gloopy! Delicious and cheaper than chips!

Mop up any leftovers with a slice of no yeast bread or a homemade tortilla chip.

If you love this try some of my other takeaway sauces or recipes using chips!

  • Masala Chips
  • Fully loaded chips
  • Garlic fries
  • Cheesy Chips

If after all that spice you need cooling off a lemon posset is perfect.

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Homemade Chinese Curry Sauce - Chip Shop Style {Gluten Free and Vegan}

This homemade takeaway Chinese curry sauce - chip shop style on fat chips is so so good. Thick, gloopy with no added nasties. Gluten Free and Vegan.

Servings: 2 People (150ml)

Author: Helen Best-Shaw

(Video) Easy Chip Shop CURRY SAUCE! Authentic Recipe From A Real Northerner! Plus Chips!

Prep Time5 mins

Cook Time10 mins

Total Time15 mins


  • 4 tsp cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 1 tsp curry powder (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese Five Spice Mix
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbs non dairy spread (or butter)
  • 2 tsp soy sauce (or tamari to be gluten free)
  • 2 tsp chili sauce (I like a hot sriracha)
  • 240 ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (optional)


  • Mix half the cornflour and all of the dry spices together in a small bowl

  • Melt the spread or butter in a small saucepan, add the cornflour mixture and fry for a minute, stirring all the time until fragrant.

  • Turn the heat down and slowly start to add the stock a few spoons at a time stirring all the time. Make sure it is mixed well before you add more.

  • Place the reminder of the cornflour in a small bowl and add a few spoons of the stock to it. Mix well. Add to the pan of sauce, stirring well.

  • Add the remainder of the stock, the lemon juice, soy sauce, and stir. Cook for a few minutes, stirring all the time, making sure to carefully scrape the sides and bottom of the pan.
    With a gentle simmer the sauce will rapidly thicken. If it thickens to much add a little water.

  • Serve immediately with chips as a dip, or use for a curry sauce.


  • Season to your taste with extra curry or chilli.
  • The Chinese Five Spice blend is what gives the sauce that authentic takeaway Chinese Curry Sauce note - it is subtle, but very necessary.
  • It is really important to keep stirring and scraping the sides and bottom of the pan when making this, or you can end up with gelatinous lumps in your sauce. If this happens simply pass it though a fine mesh sieve.
  • Soy sauce is generally NOT gluten free. You need to use a certified gluten free brand or a tamari for a gluten free sauce.
  • Leftovers can be froze, pour into a plastic pot, seal and freeze, once defrosted reheat in a pan or microwave.

Nutritional Information

  • This recipe is 3 Weight Watchers Smart Points per portion

• Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

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• Unless stated otherwise cup conversions have been made with an online tool. For accuracy please check with your favoured conversion tool. We recommend buying inexpensive digital kitchen scales.

Nutrition Facts

Homemade Chinese Curry Sauce - Chip Shop Style {Gluten Free and Vegan}

Amount Per Serving

Calories 89Calories from Fat 45

% Daily Value*

Fat 5g8%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Sodium 949mg41%

Potassium 18mg1%

Carbohydrates 8g3%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 1g2%

Vitamin A 540IU11%

Vitamin C 1.7mg2%

Calcium 6mg1%

Iron 0.8mg4%

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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Course: Snack

Cuisine: British

Keyword: chinese, Chinese curry sauce, curry, dressing, sauce


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What is chip shop curry sauce made of? ›

The two main ingredients are of course, the curry powder (I like a mild one) and the apple. Yes, an apple. This gives the sauce a natural sweetness and taste. It may seem strange putting in a diced apple with your onion and garlic, but do not leave it out.

Does chip shop curry sauce have chicken in it? ›

Chip shop inspired curry sauce, flavoured with chicken stock, soy sauce and spices.

Does chip shop curry sauce have meat in? ›

Chip shop curry sauce is NORMALLY NOT vegan, as it usually contains fish. So, as it turns out, the curry sauce that is found in most fish and chip shops contains bits of fish.

How many calories are in Chinese curry sauce? ›

Chinese Curry Sauce (0.25 jar) contains 12g total carbs, 12g net carbs, 4.4g fat, 1g protein, and 93 calories.

Why is chip shop curry sauce lumpy? ›

Some curry sauce has lumps of textured soya protein in it, the same sort as you'll find in a Pot Noodle for example.

What does curry sauce taste like? ›

Curry is quite varied, but often carries the flavors of Asian spices (think: cumin, coriander, red chili powder, turmeric, garlic, and ginger) It has a deep earthy, savory, and umami flavor, but there are a thousand variations depending on the ingredients.

Can vegetarians eat chip shop curry sauce? ›

A lot of curry sauce used by chip shops actually contains chicken. I was very unpleasantly surprised by that when I found out, although it was a couple of years back. I've heard of some containing fish too.

Is there meat in curry sauce? ›

As long as you're not ordering a meat curry, there will be no meat in it. The sauce itself is just things like tomato, spices, onion etc.

Is curry healthy to eat? ›

Made up of meat and vegetables in a spiced sauce, usually accompanied by rice, curry can potentially claim 'good for you' status. The vegetables contain lots of minerals and nutrients, and turmeric – the main spice in most curry powders – has anti-inflammatory effects.

Does chip shop curry sauce contain tomato? ›

Maltodextrin, Potato Starch, Palm Oil, Onion Powder, Sugar, Salt, Wheat Flour (with added Calcium, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin), Tomato Powder, Spices (Paprika, Cumin, Turmeric, Black Pepper, Chilli Powder, Cayenne Pepper), Flavourings (contain Celery), Yeast Extract (contains Barley), Garlic Powder, Colour (E150c), Flavour ...

Can you have chip shop curry sauce when pregnant? ›

Eating a hot curry or any hot dish with spices or chillies cannot harm your unborn child in any way. The only thing it may cause or exacerbate is indigestion and heartburn - which some women are prone to when pregnant.

Is Chinese takeaway curry sauce vegan? ›

Is Chinese Curry Sauce Vegan? Generally, Chinese curry sauce isn't vegan unless it's listed as being so on the menu or it's a vegetarian Chinese curry. Obviously, most curries on an average restaurant's menu will be made with various types of meat or seafood, so will also use chicken or beef stock for the sauce.

How many calories are in chip shop curry sauce? ›

Chip Shop Curry Sauce (50 ml) contains 5.2g total carbs, 4.8g net carbs, 1.7g fat, 0.4g protein, and 38 calories.

Is Chinese curry healthy? ›

Chinese curry chicken can be a very healthy dish, consisting of 334 calories largely from proteins and carbs. In this recipe, it has 29 grams of protein, 7 grams of fat, and 35 grams of carbs, making it a well-balanced meal from a macronutrients standpoint.

How many calories are in chips fried rice and curry sauce? ›

Chip Shop Chicken Curry With Rice & Chips (1 serving) contains 85.2g total carbs, 76g net carbs, 7.8g fat, 20g protein, and 474 calories.

Does chip shop curry sauce have milk in? ›

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What is the difference between chip shop curry sauce and Irish curry sauce? ›

And if you're curious about the difference between Irish curry sauce and the English version, this discussion suggests the Irish curry sauce is usually darker, with more flavour and more MSG.

How do you make curry sauce thicker? ›

Mix cornstarch, tapioca starch, or arrowroot with cold water or a cup of liquid from the curry sauce to make a slurry. Add this at the end of the cooking process—the sauce should thicken as soon as it returns to a boil.

Is curry sweet or spicy? ›

Curry powder has a unique flavor due to the combination of both savory and sweet spices. Savory spices like cumin, turmeric, and bay leaf give the curry a deep, earthy flavor while sweet spices, like cinnamon and clove, add brightness and pep. The level of heat is determined by the type and amount of pepper used.

How spicy is curry? ›

It's heavily spiced and is never lacking in taste. Curry can be mild or it can pack some serious heat, depending on your personal preference and tolerance for spicy food. Curry is one of the most famous meals in Indian cuisine and never disappoints, especially if you have time and make some homemade.

What should a good curry taste like? ›

Curry's taste is often described as earthy and mildly spicy with small hints of umami, depending on the sort of vegetables and meats that are added to it during cooking. Occasionally, curry may also be somewhat sweet, especially in the far south-east Asian versions of the recipe2.

Why is curry sauce not vegetarian? ›

Indian Restaurants & Takeaways

Check that animal products such as butter ghee, cream or condensed milk are not contained in the curry base. Sometimes contains dairy products. Check what oil is used in dishes, mostly it is vegetable oil but sometimes ghee is used, vegetable ghee is vegan, butter ghee is not.

Is Chippy gravy a vegetable? ›

A savoury dark gravy with a deep rich beef flavour. No artificial colours or flavours and is also vegetarian.

Is Mcdonald's curry sauce vegan? ›

Sauces. Vegan sauces include Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Spicy Tomato Salsa, Sweet Chilli, Sweet & Sour, Sweet Curry, and BBQ (not to be confused with the Smokey BBQ, which contains honey).

Can vegetarians have curry sauce? ›

Curry sauce is mostly non-vegan. Many recipes of this sauce will contain either meat, meat stock, dairy cream, ghee, or palm oil. However, you can find brands of curry sauce designed specifically for vegans, or that are vegan friendly.

Is curry good for inflammation? ›

Potent anti-inflammatory properties

Being that curry powder is packed with spices like turmeric, coriander, and chili pepper, it's no wonder that this seasoning has been shown to provide anti-inflammatory benefits ( 1 ).

What is the main spice in curry? ›

Curry powder's main ingredient is turmeric, which gives it that signature yellow tint but not a lot of taste. The blend's mild flavor is credited to spices such as fenugreek and cumin, as well as coriander. The recipe for garam masala can vary by region but is sweeter and more pungent than curry powder.

Is curry good for high blood pressure? ›

One study found that people who eat more curry powder are less likely to have high blood pressure. Another study found that having curry powder in a meal improves circulation immediately after the meal. The turmeric commonly found in curry powder also helps lower cholesterol, which makes heart disease less likely.

What happens when you eat too much curry? ›

Curry Powder Side Effects

For example, a review published by Foods Journal in October 2017 showed that some subjects who ingested very high quantities of turmeric experienced diarrhea, headache and rash. Some others who took high doses of curcumin over several months reported nausea and diarrhea.

Is curry good for diabetics? ›

A compound commonly found in spicy curry food may help protect against diabetes in individuals at high risk of the metabolic condition. Researchers in Thailand revealed that a daily dose of curcumi, found in turmeric spice, may prevent people with pre-diabetes from progressing to type 2 diabetes.

Are there nuts in chip shop curry sauce? ›

For allergens, see ingredients in bold. May also contain Milk, Soy, Crustacean, Eggs, Sesame Seeds, Nuts, Celery and Sulphites.

What is Chip Shop Irish curry? ›

Irish curry sauce is a sweet curry sauce with a hint of spice; it is typically served over chips and is available in chip shops across much of Ireland. It is typically made by adding water to a powder, that consists of a range of different spices.

Is Bisto curry sauce vegetarian? ›

Suitable for Vegetarians. May Contain: Milk. Contains: Barley, Soya, Wheat.

Can you eat Chinese takeaway when pregnant? ›

The bottom line. During pregnancy, eating right-sized portions of foods with MSG isn't likely to land you with a slew of unpleasant symptoms — and it won't harm your growing baby, either. You can feel free to enjoy umami-flavored veggies, nuts, broths (and, yes, even the occasional Chinese takeout) without concern.

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What takeaways are OK when pregnant? ›

These include choosing foods from the menu that are lower in sugar, fat and salt.
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  • chicken, vegetable or prawn chop suey.
  • steamed fish or vegetable dishes.
  • a side of boiled rice rather than fried.
  • dishes with steamed tofu.

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  • Black Bean Sauce.
  • Sweet and Sour Sauce.
  • Plum/Duck Sauce.
  • Hoisin.
  • Char Siu Sauce.
  • Hot and Sour Sauce.
  • General Tso's.
  • Oyster/Fish Sauce.

Is Chippy curry sauce gluten free? ›

Tongmaster's Chip Shop Curry Sauce (Gluten Free) - 100g.

How long does Chinese curry sauce last? ›

Use a clean, dry spoon to remove the curry concentrate from the pot each time. Once opened, put the lid back on and store in a cool, dry place - e.g. a cupboard - for up to six months.

Is chips and curry sauce a Northern thing? ›

Gravy is something you'd normally find on a nice Sunday roast, however cheesy chips and gravy is a staple of Northern cuisine and culture.

Is Chippy curry sauce gluten free? ›

Tongmaster's Chip Shop Curry Sauce (Gluten Free) - 100g.

What is Chip Shop Irish curry? ›

Irish curry sauce is a sweet curry sauce with a hint of spice; it is typically served over chips and is available in chip shops across much of Ireland. It is typically made by adding water to a powder, that consists of a range of different spices.

How many calories are in chip shop curry sauce? ›

Chip Shop Curry Sauce (50 ml) contains 5.2g total carbs, 4.8g net carbs, 1.7g fat, 0.4g protein, and 38 calories.

Is curry sauce with chips a Welsh thing? ›

Curry sauce – Welsh wonder

It's the Welsh who opt for a more edgy addition to their chips, with one in four dipping their chips in a pot of the creamy spicy sauce. It is also an option in the North and the Midlands, where 16% and 15% of people respectively choose this option.

What do British people dip their chips in? ›

Salt and vinegar

Around eight in ten Britons have salt on their chip shop chips: 84% in Scotland, 82% in Wales and 79% in England. There are more obvious national differences when it comes to vinegar, with 77% of Welsh people dripping a dash on their chips compared to 66% of Scots.

What do the British dip their fries in? ›

The Vinegar Family

Probably the most iconic, though by no means the only, accompaniment to fries (chips) in the British Empire is malt vinegar, made from fermented beer, which also tastes good on the fried fish that often accompany them.

Are Chinese curries gluten free? ›

Does Chinese Food Have Gluten? For a quick and simple answer, a lot of Chinese dishes are not gluten-free. There are plenty of places that gluten can show up in many Chinese food dishes, like breading on meats, soy sauce, and all dark-colored sauces like teriyaki, fish sauce, or duck sauce, etc.

Which curry sauce is gluten free? ›

Mama Nagi's Sweet Mango Curry Sauce - Low Calorie Ready to Use Indian Cooking Sauce - Medium Spiced - 100% Natural - Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Vegan - Stir in and Ready to Use - 2 x 350g Jars.

What curry paste is gluten free? ›

There is no shame in using store bought curry pastes, they can be gluten free, they are delicious and readily available. After a little research I found both Thai Kitchen brand and Cock Brand curry pastes are gluten free (at the time of writing). Cock Brand also sells red, green, Panang and Masaman curry pastes.

What is the difference between curry sauce and Irish curry sauce? ›

And if you're curious about the difference between Irish curry sauce and the English version, this discussion suggests the Irish curry sauce is usually darker, with more flavour and more MSG. Homemade Irish curry sauce – and Irish chicken curry too – often includes apple or other fruit.

What is Irish curry taste like? ›

a medium curry sauce that is smooth and fruity with a spicy aftershock/kick.

What is a curry butty? ›

At this particular small town chip shop the girls order a '"large cowboy" which is a meal of sausages, baked beans, and chips or mashed potatoes, and a "curry butty" which is just like a chip butty but it uses buns instead of bread slices, and a "gravy curry sauce" is poured over the chips.

Is curry sauce high in calories? ›

Curry sauce contains 15 calories per 16 g serving. This serving contains 1.3 g of fat, 0.2 g of protein and 0.8 g of carbohydrate. The latter is 0.6 g sugar and 0.2 g of dietary fiber, the rest is complex carbohydrate. Curry sauce contains 0.4 g of saturated fat and 0.2 mg of cholesterol per serving.

Does chip shop curry sauce have sugar? ›

It's also fat free, sugar free, low carb and gluten free!

How many calories are in chips rice and curry sauce? ›

Chip Shop Chicken Curry With Rice & Chips (1 serving) contains 85.2g total carbs, 76g net carbs, 7.8g fat, 20g protein, and 474 calories.


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