To mark 110 years since the first Chinese restaurant arrived in London, online food ordering platform hungryhouse.co.uk is celebrating the classic cuisine by offering a 10p Throwback Takeaway menu, a price similar to what an Edwardian Londoner would have paid in 1907. The menu will feature a special selection of Chinese dishes that the nation still goes chopstick crazy over, a century after it first delighted Brits’ taste buds.
On Thursday 8th June, hungryhouse is inviting its customers to visit Mr Chan’s in Clerkenwell and collect a TBT (throwback takeaway) Chinese for 10p. From Chop Suey, an old favourite made with bean sprouts in sweet & sour sauce to Chicken and Cashew Nuts in Yellow Bean Sauce, each dish on the menu is available to order with the option of Chicken, Beef or Tofu and can be served with plain rice or egg fried rice.
In 1907, Chung Koon, formerly a cook on the Red Funnel Line ferry, landed in London and launched the first ever-Chinese Restaurant, Maxim’s. Based in Soho, the restaurant offered what was considered experimental dishes such as authentic Cantonese sweet-and-sour pork.
Sonny Hong, owner of Mr Chan’s takeaway in Clerkenwell, London said: “Chinese food has long been a familiar part of UK’s takeaway culture, and classic dishes such as Chop Suey still ‘woks’ our customers hearts; proving our tastes haven’t really changed through the years!”
Alice Mrongovius, CEO of hungryhouse, said: “At hungryhouse, we don’t want to forget the classics and what better way to celebrate Britain’s love affair for Chinese food than by offering Londoner’s a taste of Chinese favourites for early 20th century prices.”
The limited edition hungryhouse Throwback Takeaway menu will be available exclusively in partnership with one of London’s Most Loved Takeaways, Mr Chan’s in Clerkenwell. The service will be available on Thursday 8th of June 2017 between 12-2.30pm, via collection only, whilst stocks last. Customers are required to order and pay on arrival.