Recently I realised there was a big problem with the food section of my blog, that is that there are only 2 categories; ‘Eating Out’ for restaurants and food markets, and ‘Eating In’ for home made food and recipes. This division means that I have not yet written anything about one of the most common ways I, and many Londoners like me, consume food… takeaways.
Although it may sometimes seem from my blog and social pages that I eat out at restaurants all the time, I assure you that this is not the case. Like many others who live and work in a large city, once I’m back in the comfort of my own home at the end of a long day I don’t always have the motivation to head back out and fight my way through hundreds of tourists on the tube to get to my favourite restaurant. I also can’t always be bothered to spend an hour of my night in the kitchen cooking, just to spend another half an hour cleaning and washing up the disastrous mess I just made. So instead I grab my phone, load the Just Eat app and have a delicious meal delivered straight to my door whilst I get on with more important things (like blogging of course)!
This week I discovered my new weeknight favourite, a tasty Chinese from Oriental Kitchen Express in West Kensington.
For £30 we got…
- 1/4 Duck with Pancakes
- Crispy Seaweed
- Sweet & Sour Chicken
- Fried Vegetables
- Egg Fried Rice
- Prawn Crackers & Fortune Cookies (thrown in for free!)
Delivery took just 30 minutes and the driver was friendly and polite when he arrived with the food. For a meal which more than filled up two people, plus a small plate for our housemate and leftovers for the next day, £30 (or £15 pp) felt like good value for money for a mid-week treat.
The food itself was delicious and good-quality. The 1/4 duck was definitely my favourite part of the meal, with more than enough meat to fill up the 6 pancakes and plenty of hoisin sauce (essential).
One of my favourite parts about ordering in is that you can make it as formal or casual as you like. You can set up the table, light a couple of candles and put on some romantic music in the background, however on the other hand you can lay on the sofa in your PJ’s with a film on eating directly from the box.
Another great thing about take-outs is that there’s no strangers there to judge you for your bizarre eating habits, such as my love of dipping duck wraps in hoisin sauce followed by seaweed (seriously, if you’re a fan of the two – try it!).
If I’m honest I wouldn’t order the fried vegetables again. I tried being healthy but at the end of the day it’s a Chinese take-away so next time I’ll just embrace it and order an extra meat dish. The Sweet and Sour Chicken was one of the best I’ve had in London so I will certainly been ordering from here again.
Thank you JustEat for making my weeknight evening that little bit better!
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