Greetings and salutations! Hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s. I’m a hopeless romantic so rather than be all sad-single, I hung out with some great people, played Cards Against Humanity, ate Chinese food and headed off to The Electric to see the film Heathers.
hungryhouse had asked me to check out a local take away ahead of Chinese New Year, so we fired up the app and got ordering from Yummy House on the Stratford Rd. hungryhouse’s app is simple to use and they’ve ironed out the bugs I found last time I used it, which was nice to see. I was also impressed with the communication – an email to confirm the order and then another for delivery time adjustment.
Sadly the new expected delivery time was nearly two and a half hours after we’d ordered, which I think is pretty unreasonable and would’ve meant missing the film. After a quick call, Yummy House said it would be an hour which turned into an hour and 25 minutes (and a couple more calls).
Thankfully though, when the food finally arrived it was lovely. We’d ordered enough to feed a small army: spring rolls; chicken with green peppers and black bean sauce; sesame prawn on toast; prawn crackers; crispy seaweed; crispy shredded beef with salt, chilli and garlic; duck with barbecue sauce; king prawn with sesame and black pepper seeds; egg fried rice; barbecued spare ribs with lemon; dumpling; deep fried king prawn balls; beef fried rice; and because we’d ordered over £20 of food we got free prawn crackers and mini spring rolls.
Generally, the food was good. Chicken and green pepper in black bean sauce is a standard order for me and this version was nice and flavoursome, with moist chicken. I’ve never noticed deep fried king prawn balls before, but these seemed to go down well with everyone too. Another favourite, sesame prawn toast, was meaty and crunchy without being too greasy – though sadly the same can’t be said for the large spring roll which was very greasy. Everyone agreed the crispy beef could’ve done with being a bit crispier, but all of us really liked the duck in barbecue sauce which was thinner in consistency than I expected which seemed to allow the flavour of the meat to compliment it.
Overall I was impressed with the standard of food. Sadly we didn’t get time for a second round of food, as we had to dash for the cinema but there was plenty left over as portion sizes were good. I suspect the day and a large order slowed things down, but based on the quality of the food I’d be willing to give Yummy House another try.
To celebrate, hungryhouse has created an interactive guide to help you stage your own Chinese New Year celebration. The guide includes information on New Year traditions, a cocktail recipe, and step-by-step instructions to make your own Chinese decorative lanterns to really get into the spirit.
To celebrate the launch of the guide, hungryhouse are asking people to make a lantern and share a photo of it on twitter or instagram with the hashtag #hungrylantern. Their 10 favourite pictures will receive a £25 hungryhouse voucher each. The competition is now open with winners being selected on the 19th!
Disclaimer: I was given a voucher by hungryhouse to spend on Chinese food, so our meal from Yummy House was complimentary. As always my review remains my own, honest opinions and I wasn’t required to say anything nice. I definitely wasn’t nice during CAH and was sad not to shoehorn in a reference to ‘brain tumours for breakfast’.