Note: All photos taken with my iPhone 4s
Orange Duck in Batter - $17.50
BBQ Pork with Plum Sauce & Veg - $12.90
Fish Fillet with Salt and Pepper - $17.50
Combination Beancurd & Veg - $14.90
Beef with Noodles & Veg - $12.90
Louisa from Delivery Hero Australia contacted me one evening to ask if I wanted to collaborate with her on a Chinese New Year collaboration she's working on on their website.
Everyone who knows me understands that Chinese New Year is, without a doubt, the most important time of the year for me ever since I was born. I'll be honest, I was a little hesitant about taking part initially as things have been quite busy for me recently. However, I went for it anyway because I love sharing my Chinese New Year memories and traditions with other people. I was asked a number of questions regarding the holiday, which I was more than glad to answer. Just the thought of this significant holiday immediately brings a smile to my face.
Louisa then gave me a voucher to spend on their website. My friends and I had plans to stay in on Friday night to catch the Federer and Nadal Australian Open tennis match (epic!) so I couldn't have thought of a better time to use it. I was right.
The food took a little over an hour to arrive, which was fine. We knew it would normally take as long anyway. We were so excited like little children when the delivery man rang the bell that we could've given him a big fat hug to say thanks. The anticipation of food delivery is quite fun, actually.
The battered duck with a side of orange sauce was definitely new to us. A Chinese version of the famous French dish: duck a l'orange. BBQ pork dish wasn't great as some of the veg was a tad bitter and I found it to be too saucy. Battered fish was crunchy and delicious, the clear fav of the night. If I knew the sauce for the beancurd dish was going to be so similar to the BBQ pork, I might've opted for something else to get more variety. Noodles were a bit thick and floury but I can't help it because these are the only noodles I order from a Chinese restaurant.
Foodwise, it wasn't great. Highly expected anyway, so no disappointments from our end. People who order Chinese takeaway (or most other takeaway cuisine, for that matter) don't actually expect it to be the best things we've ever eaten. In fact, more often than not, our motivation is quite the opposite. You want something quick. And bad for you. Because we rarely do this to ourselves anyway. Just don't order this for your Chinese Mum and Dad and you'll be fine.
At the end of the day? You wonder to yourself why you would get Chinese takeaway when it isn't really Chinese food and you know that it's going to leave you with a slight feeling of regret. The answer is because it's so bad that it's good. It's so good that it's bad. Plus, you get a certain satisfaction from it that simply cannot, cannot be replaced with anything else but Chinese takeaway. Sometimes, it really is the perfect thing to have for a night in with friends.
Hope you're all as excited about the Tennis Finals as I am! Chinese New Year is next weekend and I've already started being very busy, busy, busy with all the prep for it. Lots of work but I know it's going to be worth it. Can't wait to blog about it after!
Happy Australia Day and Chinese New Year to all of you celebrating!
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. Winston received a voucher to spend on the Delivery Hero Website. All opinions are honest and based on own personal experience at the time.