Chinese food is the ultimate choice when it comes to takeaway. Unlike other types of cuisine, you can always guarantee that Chinese food will arrive at your door hot and fresh. The noodles stay steamy, the meat stays juicy and the sauces stay rich and flavourful. Our favourite part of ordering Chinese food takeaway in London is the wide variety of delicious appetisers available on the many online menus. Here are our top 5 choices for Chinese food appetisers, any one of which would be the perfect first course for your delicious Chinese takeaway meal. Even better, why not order all of them and skip the main course altogether? We won’t tell if you won’t!
Spring rolls are a classic Chinese appetiser for a reason. They’re hot, salty, and greasy – in other words, they’re the perfect hangover food and the perfect crispy complement to a noodle dish like Chow Mein or a heaping plate of fried rice. Also, they contain vegetables, which means they are good for you. Obviously. You simply can’t order Chinese food takeaway without ordering spring rolls. It would be a crime. Try the delicious springs rolls at Shanghai Express.
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What is it about prawn crackers that makes them so enticing? They don’t look like much, and we have to admit that the first bite is a bit underwhelming. But once you’ve had one, you can’t stop eating them. Their addictive, salty flavour and melt-in-your-mouth consistency make prawn crackers a very popular appetiser when ordering Chinese food takeaway. Some restaurants might even throw in a few extras for free! Try a basket from Thai Yummy Box.
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Chicken dumplings are also known as potstickers, which we don’t really understand. What we do understand is that these little chicken pockets are so delicious, we could eat an entire plate (or two) of them as our main course. We love the chewy consistency and delicious flavour, especially when dipped in soy sauce. These are also the perfect Chinese food appetiser for improving your chopsticks skills, just in case you want to impress your date. Try the chicken dumplings from Yakitori-Ya.
Sesame Prawn Toast
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Sesame prawn toast – or rather, the last piece of sesame prawn toast – has ended many relationships and broken many hearts. So next time you order Chinese food takeaway, order at least one extra portion of sesame prawn toast to make sure that everyone gets enough. Oh, and never believe anyone who says “I’ll only have one piece” because they are clearly delusional. Try this addictive appetiser from Jasmine Garden.
Crispy Aromatic Duck
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The name says it all. It’s crispy, it’s aromatic, it’s duck, and it’s delicious. Tuck it inside a savoury pancake with a generous drizzle of hoisin sauce and it’s completely out of this world. This delectable dish is so hearty that it works equally well as a starter or a main. If you haven’t tried crispy aromatic duck, be sure to add it to your order next time you order Chinese food takeaway – we especially love it from Man Ho China City.