It’s been a bit of a take away heavy weekend for me, this is in fact the first of two new takeaway blog posts that I have planned for the week.
Why so many takeaways you ask? Well in true January style I’m trying not to spend too much money, leading me to having virtually no plans for the month. This means I will be enjoying take away rather than eating out treats for the next few weeks. Plus I’m also trying to watch what I eat – although you wouldn’t think that if you saw what I ate over the weekend.
So like most people we kicked off the first weekend in January by hanging out at home with a few friends, and ordering from my favourite Chinese takeaway – Home Wok.
I discovered Home Wok about this time last year, and must have ordered from there about 10 – 15 times since but bizarrely have never written about it on GFG. You see, I almost always forget to take pictures when the food arrives because I am usually too hangry to think straight, and start eating things straight from the packaging.
The good news is this time I remembered to snap everything and can give you guys a quick run down on my favourite take away in Glasgow.
The menu at Home Wok is a lovely mix of all the usual dishes we would expect to find in our favourite local Chinese take away – Sweet and Sour, Black Bean & Green Pepper, Creamy Satay, Ginger & Spring Onion….yada, yada,yada. But there is also a great range of more authentic chinese dishes on offer if you fancy being a tiny bit more adventurous – Dan Dan Noodles, Gong Bao Chicken with Peanuts, Hui Guo Rou, or if you are feeling especially wild you can order Fire Exploded Kidney Flowers – although confession, I would never, ever, ever order this 😛
Usually when we eat with friends we just order lots of food and share everything, which is exactly what we decided to do with this meal. So I will just give you a quick rundown on all the dishes I got to try.
First things first, we ordered the food via Just Eat, the food arrived in 40 minutes on a Friday night which I was more than happy with, everything was well packaged and still pretty hot – great start!
So let’s chat food. We ordered a combination of starters and mains to share, some I had tried before and some this was my first order…here is what I thought of everything I got to try.
Salt & Pepper Chicken – Whenever I order from HomeWok this is the first things that gets added to my order, because I just love this dish. The pieces of chicken are a good size and covered in a crunchy light batter, and it has a nice heat to it without blowing your head off. And although it is in the starter section if you were to order this with some rice/noodles it’s easily big enough as a main.
Crispy Spicy Pork Dumplings – This is the first time I have order these and I really liked them. The dumplings were obviously deep fried rather than done in a pan like potstickers, which was quite interesting because it made them mega crunchy. The filling was tasty and packed with reasonable sized pieces of flavourful pork. I would order these again for sure.
Roast Duck Spring Rolls – Also my first time ordering these, and they were a’right. I probably would have liked them a bit more if there was more duck, but I always want more duck in a dish because I love it. I didn’t hugely enjoy these and probably wouldn’t have them again because they were bigger than I like spring rolls – I prefer them sort of snack size so they are more crunchy, and these were huge big ones with way too many bean sprouts for my personal taste. Nice enough, but not for me.
Tempura Sweet Potato – This is another dish which regularly appears on my Home Wok orders, and it’s no wonder really. Let’s think about this for a second – sweet potato…..batter…..deep fryer – what’s not to love about that???
Chilli & Salt Chicken Wings – These were in in the same style as the Salt & Pepper Chicken so I really enjoyed these. Wings isn’t something I order very often because I find them a wee bit of a scutter generally. Taste wise I thought these were good – nice and salty with a hit of heat plus there was plenty of chicken to get off the bone, and they weren’t messy to pick up. Two thumbs up!
Salt & Pepper Chips – While we are talking about Salt & Pepper I thought I would briefly mention these bad boys. This is another must order every time I get food from Home Wok. Again in the style of the Salt & Pepper chicken so just hot enough for me. I should probably mention that by the time the travel to my pad they are a little on the soft side because they have sweated in the box. That’s not really anyone’s fault tho that is just want hot food does when it travels in boxes – doesn’t stop me from ordering these every time tho. 🙂
Beef House Curry – I LOVE this dish, this is one of those dishes that I get a petted lip if MrG doesn’t want to order it, and believe me I do a very very impressive petted lip. It’s so simple but so delicious – it’s basically just large tender pieces of frying steak, chunks of virtually raw onion which give plenty of bite and lashing of tangy, creamy, spicy sauce. Without doubt it’s the best curry from a chinese I have ever had.
Deep Fried Shredded Chicken in Hot Spicy Sauce – This was another dish that we ordered for the first time and it won’t be the last. I don’t think it was massively spicy, there was definitely a kick but not really overly hot. It was however gloriously sticky with a hint of sweetness. I alway enjoy shredded chicken dishes but think it’s more about the sauce than the chicken and this dish was no different – the chicken was fine but it was just a means which allowed me to devour the moorish delicious sauce.
We also ordered Spicy Kung Po chicken and Ginger & Spring Onion Chicken which I didn’t try, not because I didn’t want to but because by the time I got to try a little bit of all of the above dishes I was fit to burst.
For all this food (and some rice) we were £61 which I was totally happy with. It is possibly a little bit on the pricy side for a take away for 4 people but we did over order quite a bit and the quality of the food is fantastic for a take away.
I love this place, it’s my go to Chinese of choice and I can’t see that changing anytime soon.