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Chinese Take Aways - Overrated?
 
# 1 : Thursday 13-10-2016 @ 21:08
 
 
I find that the quality of the fare you get from Chinese take aways is generally poor. 20 years ago Chinese take away food was ok but IMO its taken a real nosedive in recent years.

Now, some Chinese restaurants are very good and good Chinese cuisine is worth it's weight in gold. But I find most Chinese food to be crappy - rubbery, water-injected chicken, tough meat, gloppy MSG laced sauces and uninspiring veg. The portions tend to be generous but the quality pretty bad.

Now I know that the fare served up in the vast majority of Chinese take aways does not reflect real Chinese cuisine but I really think they need to try harder. I much prefer to get Indian, Thai or Japanese cuisine these days - I've gone off Chinese.

Also, a lot of Chinese take aways fall foul of food hygiene laws and are closed down by the FSA for improvements.

Thoughts? Do you like Chinese take aways or share my sentiments?
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# 2 : Thursday 13-10-2016 @ 22:05
 
 
If I want a Chinese meal, I'll make it. The idea of paying €10/12 for chicken, pak choi and rice or a simple pork noodle dish is pointless when you make them in minutes yourself.
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# 3 : Thursday 13-10-2016 @ 22:20
 
 
Haven't had a Chinese take away in about 6 months. Deffo getting one tomorrow night
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# 4 : Thursday 13-10-2016 @ 22:41
 
 
I think the quality of food in Ireland has really improved and you have so much more choice that a crappy Chinese takeaway you enjoyed 20 years ago will pale in comparison.
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# 5 : Thursday 13-10-2016 @ 22:43
 
 
Someone said :
I think the quality of food in Ireland has really improved and you have so much more choice that a crappy Chinese takeaway you enjoyed 20 years ago will pale in comparison.

It definitely has but IMHO I agree with JK when it comes to Chinese takeaways. When you compare your average Chinese place with the average thai place in Dublin there is no comparison. One actually feels like real food, the other seems like some kind of pale, floppy vaguely plastic imitation.
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# 6 : Thursday 13-10-2016 @ 22:49
 
 
Someone said :
Haven't had a Chinese take away in about 6 months. Deffo getting one tomorrow night

I think, I'll join you and haven't had one in decades myself.
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# 7 : Friday 14-10-2016 @ 00:15
 
 
I'm crap (and lazy) at cooking so I don't know how to make Chinese dishes apart from a basic stir fry. Embarrassing I know!

There now seems to be a Chinese take away in every Irish village, several in an average sized town. We Irish seem to love our "Chinese" food. Indian seems to be so, so much better. Good quality meat, good curries and sauces and friendly service.

Apparently back in the 1970s Chinese eateries were a real novelty. Having a Chinese must have seemed so exciting and exotic back then!
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# 8 : Friday 14-10-2016 @ 00:21
 
 
The spice boxes are frighteningly tasty, but you can tell that they should be a rare treat, for Indian food, most are sadly soaked in butter,Balti and Jalfreezi are best if you want to avoid ghee, always go for BJ for a healthier option.
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# 9 : Friday 14-10-2016 @ 01:13
 
 
Rubbery or disgusting jelly-like chicken are sadly becoming more and more common fare.

There is a lovely Chinese takeaway in Salthill that uses proper chicken breast pieces that are mouth watering - God I miss that place.
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# 10 : Friday 14-10-2016 @ 02:16
 
 
Someone said :
I'm crap (and lazy) at cooking so I don't know how to make Chinese dishes apart from a basic stir fry. Embarrassing I know!

There now seems to be a Chinese take away in every Irish village, several in an average sized town. We Irish seem to love our "Chinese" food. Indian seems to be so, so much better. Good quality meat, good curries and sauces and friendly service.

Apparently back in the 1970s Chinese eateries were a real novelty. Having a Chinese must have seemed so exciting and exotic back then!

Buy yourself a Chinese cookbook. You'll get one in Easons for under a tenner. Stock up on your spices and dried/canned goods (noodles, rice, tinned water chestnuts/bean sprouts/coconut milk). Stick good frozen veg in the freezer and with some meat you have a Chinese at hand anytime you want. Chinese food is probably the simplest to make along with Italian.
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# 11 : Friday 14-10-2016 @ 07:40
 
 
A lot of the Thai places are owned by Chinese. What do you expect if you order chicken balls? I ask for the dim sum menu in Chinese restaurants usually way better than the normal western menu.
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# 12 : Friday 14-10-2016 @ 14:41
 
 
Someone said :
A lot of the Thai places are owned by Chinese. What do you expect if you order chicken balls? I ask for the dim sum menu in Chinese restaurants usually way better than the normal western menu.

I can assure you that I never had chicken balls. I prefer chicken Szechuan or chicken in black bean sauce with boiled rice. I must learn to actually cook Chinese as ordering it in is really hit and miss. You might get one ok meal from the same Chinese take away one day, but utter rubbish the next. It's very disappointing.

A few people have told me that some of the Chinese places on Parnell St are the real deal. I must check this out.
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# 13 : Friday 14-10-2016 @ 17:16
 
 
Find out where Chinese people go when they eat out. You'll be sure to get the best from them.
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# 14 : Friday 14-10-2016 @ 19:36
 
 
Yeah but Chinese takeaways don't sell real Chinese food. Like Chinese people wouldn't eat out of an Irish takeaway too often because its not the real mccoy.

Its just a take away option. Full of shite like any other regular chipper but it tastes great.
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# 15 : Friday 14-10-2016 @ 19:38
 
 
Which reminds me....shite!! I forgot to have that Chinese curry I promised myself tonight. Just not hungry enough for it
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