WHEN you find a good Chinese takeaway, you stick with it.
And it seems that most of us, despite being faced with a bewildering array of dishes from our local emporium, generally plump for the same dish each time.
At China Red in Intake, Doncaster, there’s a list of tempting dishes stretching as far as the eye can see on the wall – but when my order goes in, 99 times out of 100 it’s for the chicken szechuan.
China Red, halfway down busy Sandringham Road, is your typical takeaway – bench seats while you’re waiting for your order, newspapers and magazines to leaf through and, of course, that massive menu drawing you in.
The chicken szechuan is a moderately spicy dish, the meat being cooked with onion, pepper and fresh hot chilli in a hot bean sauce.
With the telephone order placed, it was a case of sitting back and waiting – and within half an hour or so there was the cheery delivery driver on hand with that plastic bag of delights, the chicken being accompaniedby a tray of boiled rice and a bag of prawn crackers.
The whole lot came in at just under £8 – cracking value for a huge plateful.
The chicken was tender and succulent, the vegetables crisp and still packed with flavour and the sauce packed a bit of punch with those chillies – fiery enough to warm the cockles but not enough to have you racing for gallons of water.
The menu has a huge range of appetisers, soups, curries, sweet and sour dishes, seafood, chicken, beef, pork, lamb and roast duck, chop suey, egg foo yung, omelettes, chow mein and English and vegetarian dishes, plus desserts to choose from.
And then there’s a range of set menu options.
Parking is not an issue either – there’s plenty of room outside for pick-ups.
The China Red menu will be coming out again next week, that’s for sure.
n Address: 190 Sandringham Road, Intake, Doncaster
n Tel: 01302 323063
n Open: Tuesday to Thursday 5pm to 11.30pm, Friday - Saturday 5pm - midnight; Sunday 5pm - 11.30pm. Closed Mondays, open bank holidays.
n Service: Friendly, fast and efficient
n Delivery: Yes. £1 charge for all deliveries within a three-mile radius. Over three miles, extra charge applies
n Waiting time: 30-45 minutes
n Verdict: Tasty, filling food with a kick