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Food fight: Takeout vs. home cooking

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Which costs less?

 It’s cheaper and easier to order takeout than to cook at home, right? Kipp did a little test to find out. And the results had us eating our words.

 

Takeout

Kipp perused a few burger bar takeout menus to find the average cost of a burger in a bun with the usual trimmings. Takeout price: AED50

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Home cooking

We then drove to the store to purchase exactly the same ingredients before heading into the kitchen to recreate the burger at home. Home cooking price: AED29

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Takeout

Kipp loves pizza; our favourite is four cheese with a stuffed crust. Simple, yet delicious. Takeout price: AED45

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Home cooking

Having never attempted cooking a pizza at home, Kipp was pleasantly surprised with our culinary skills – and our AED14 saving. Home cooking price: AED31

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Takeout

Good Chinese takeout is somewhat of a rarity, but when you find it – you save that number on your phone and safeguard it forever. Takeout price: AED50

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Home cooking

Home cooking: Having stocked up with all of the ingredients needed to create vegetable chow mein, it quickly became apparent that it would be more expensive than ordering in. However, Kipp did finally get to use that wok that had been lying at the back of the kitchen cupboard, untouched, for the past couple of years. Home cooking price: AED62

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Takeout

At Kipp HQ, butter chicken rules when it comes to takeouts. And, luckily for us, Dubai has an abundance of delicious options to choose from. Takeout price: AED35

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Home cooking

Just counting the many different spices needed had us questioning if home cooking could beat the price of a takeout. It couldn’t. Neither could the taste. Home cooking price: AED54

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Takeout

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Home cooking

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It’s a draw. When it comes to cost, combining a spot of home cooking with a few takeout options during the week is the best way to be economical when it comes to food. It certainly has given Kipp an appetite to cook at home a little more often.

 

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