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messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Loutwo February 08, 10:02PM

Hong Hong every time for take away. Consistent, good value.

Louisa.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Sue February 08, 10:58PM

sweetgirl Wrote:
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> I've just had a take away from 148 Chinese
> In my opinion, crap food, prices have jump since
> the new start up..... Even with the 10% opening
> discount which is on until Sunday.
>
> It's my closest Chinese, but I need to find
> another!
>
> Any other recommendations?
>
> I have to say I do miss cafe noodle, especially
> the Kung po king prawns with cashews..... That
> was lush


Oh dear re 148. Sad but not entirely surprising.

I don't miss Cafe Noodle.

I used to eat there back in the day because it was cheap and filling and OK.

Until my partner and I were both quite ill after eating there .....

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Sue February 09, 10:17PM

fishbiscuits Wrote:
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> Looked at the menu online for Matoom. There's a
> lot of stuff on there that doesn't sound
> particularly Thai (won ton soup, aromatic crispy
> duck, gyozas, samosas, etc...). But I guess
> they're just trying to please everyone. If the
> actual Thai dishes are decent, I'd give it a try.


We just had a takeaway after these recommendations.

£20 minimum to my postcode (SE22)

Very underwhelmed. Probably shouldn't have played safe and gone for Pad Thai.

The prawn crackers were ok.

Unlikely to order from there again, sadly.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by rahrahrah February 10, 08:22AM

Tied the new Liu- the food hasnít changed. Itís old skool (which some will consider underwhelming), but Iím a fan. Glad theyíre back open.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Angharad_L February 10, 09:16AM

We had Matoom last night (takeaway) and it was DIVINE!

Thank you for the recommendations, everyone. It reminded me of the Thai I would have when I lived in Sydney - fresh, light and absolutely full of amazing chilli heat.

Recommend it!

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by rahrahrah February 10, 09:24AM

Why are we compare me a Thai restaurant with a Chinese one?

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Angharad_L February 10, 09:28AM

I'm def not comparing - I don't like Chinese food. I just was grateful for the tip of Matoom as it was DEEEELISH!

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Sue February 10, 01:04PM

rahrahrah Wrote:
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> Why are we compare me a Thai restaurant with a
> Chinese one?


Because somebody in the thread above recommended it, probably.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Sue February 10, 01:07PM

Angharad_L Wrote:
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> We had Matoom last night (takeaway) and it was
> DIVINE!
>
> Thank you for the recommendations, everyone. It
> reminded me of the Thai I would have when I lived
> in Sydney - fresh, light and absolutely full of
> amazing chilli heat.
>
> Recommend it!


What did you have?

Because I love Thai food, and have been to Thailand where I had great food, but the meal we had delivered last night was sadly bland and unmemorable.

As I said, we should have chosen something else, so I'm interested to know what you would recommend!

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by TaVa February 10, 01:32PM

We gave Mr. Liu a try a few years ago, but having been charged 50 pence for a tiny dish of chilli sauce and another 50 pence for a few cut chilles, we never went back. Neither the food nor the atmosphere was anything to shout about. Hopefully the new owner will make a positive difference.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Angharad_L February 10, 01:43PM

I had pad kee mao with chicken and it was brilliantly spicy with proper flat rice noodles which I havenít found at Lux or Thai Corner Cafe. We had the samosas too which were full of good quality chicken.

Husband had duck mee ped which wasnít as spicy or saucy but looked nice to me! He said he would order it again.

Egg fried rice was yummy too! Went a bit overboard ordering as wanted to check everything was delish.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by DulwichFox February 10, 01:43PM

I too miss Cafť Noodle. It is the nearest Chinese to me along with Mr Liu,

I started using Mr Liu when Cafť Noodle started closing at 10-00 to 10.30pm

Mr Liu has friendly staff but the food is mostly too sweet and gloopy with the Red sauce that accompanies many dishes.

Mr Liu seems to be closing earlier now too and therefore too early to collect food on my way home.

Hong Hong is by far the best Chinese t/a in the area but is in the opposite direction to my place and food gets cold by the time I get home.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by sweetgirl February 10, 01:50PM

Sorry I may have missed something....
Where is Hong Hong please?

Thanks

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by DulwichFox February 10, 02:30PM

sweetgirl Wrote:
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> Sorry I may have missed something....
> Where is Hong Hong please?
>
> Thanks

It's a few doors up from the Cherry Tree Pub near Quik-Fit tyre place.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Sue February 11, 05:18PM

Angharad_L Wrote:
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> I had pad kee mao with chicken and it was
> brilliantly spicy with proper flat rice noodles
> which I havenít found at Lux or Thai Corner Cafe.
> We had the samosas too which were full of good
> quality chicken.
>
> Husband had duck mee ped which wasnít as spicy or
> saucy but looked nice to me! He said he would
> order it again.
>
> Egg fried rice was yummy too! Went a bit overboard
> ordering as wanted to check everything was delish.


I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on the Pad Thai, then, if you fancy trying that in future!

Maybe we just had unrealistic expectations.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Mick Mac February 11, 05:24PM

DulwichFox Wrote:
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>
> Hong Hong is by far the best Chinese t/a in the
> area but is in the opposite direction to my place
> and food gets cold by the time I get home.

I like Magic Wok by the Plough.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by lavender27 February 11, 05:46PM

Has anyone tried Dragon Castle at the Elephant and castle?

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by sweetgirl February 11, 06:21PM

DulwichFox Wrote:
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> sweetgirl Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Sorry I may have missed something....
> > Where is Hong Hong please?
> >
> > Thanks
>
> It's a few doors up from the Cherry Tree Pub near
> Quik-Fit tyre place.




Thanks foxy,

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by fishbiscuits February 11, 08:28PM

lavender27 Wrote:
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> Has anyone tried Dragon Castle at the Elephant and castle?

Used to go there a lot. Not bad at all. Not been there for a while, though...

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Angharad_L February 11, 08:28PM

@Sue

I'm not a huge fan of Pad Thai, but now I'm curious as to why you weren't as keen! I felt that their style was quite fresh and light though without masses of sauce so maybe that would be a factor?

My other fave is pad kra prao so will try that next!

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by JoeLeg February 11, 08:41PM

lavender27 Wrote:
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> Has anyone tried Dragon Castle at the Elephant and
> castle?


Really good. We mostly go for lunchtime dim sum, but the rest of the menu is worth it as well.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by goldilocks February 11, 09:58PM

We haven't been for ages, but dragon castle always used to have great dim sum options. Have also been in the evening but love their lunch menus. Really easy to get to on the bus too!

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Peckhamrye February 11, 11:23PM

Dragon Castle dim sum is excellent, we like it for dinner too.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Sue February 12, 09:43AM

Angharad_L Wrote:
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> @Sue
>
> I'm not a huge fan of Pad Thai, but now I'm
> curious as to why you weren't as keen! I felt that
> their style was quite fresh and light though
> without masses of sauce so maybe that would be a
> factor?
>
> My other fave is pad kra prao so will try that
> next!


The Pad Thai we had could certainly not be described as "fresh and light", more "bland, tasteless and stodgy"

There wouldn't be a sauce with Pad Thai.

May try once more with something else, as perhaps we were unlucky, but with a minimum charge of £20 it had better be good big grin

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by KidKruger February 12, 10:12AM

Pad Thai is cooked with a sauce comprising tamarind Water, fish sauce and sugar.
There are variations obvs.
But most of the moisture is cooked away - absorbed in noodles.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Sue February 12, 01:32PM

KidKruger Wrote:
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> Pad Thai is cooked with a sauce comprising
> tamarind Water, fish sauce and sugar.
> There are variations obvs.
> But most of the moisture is cooked away - absorbed
> in noodles.


Fair enough.

I don't consider something a sauce if it isn't actually coating the noodles smiling smiley

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by binkylilyput February 12, 04:48PM

Personally I often find Pad Thai kinda bland- it's like the comfort food of Thailand! I ordered it from Thai Corner and put 3/4 of it in the bin- it was yuk.

The pad thai I've had from Matoom hasn't exactly been light (as I say, I'm not sure it's meant to be), but it certainly had freshness to it, including crunch and fresh herbs.

I've eaten dim sum countless times at Dragon Castle- not bad at all

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by KidKruger February 12, 04:59PM

Cooked well itís a tasty dish with bitter, sweet, salty and citrus sharpness (one decent example).

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by DovertheRoad February 12, 05:42PM

Angharad_L Wrote:
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> My other fave is pad kra prao so will try that
> next!

Oh Yes. Mine too. Beef with Thai Basil. It's so quick and easy to make it's a favourite in our house. SMBS sells great Thai basil if you need it. And this is the best recipe ever:

[thewoksoflife.com]

Enjoy.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Sue February 12, 07:25PM

binkylilyput Wrote:
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>
> The pad thai I've had from Matoom hasn't exactly
> been light (as I say, I'm not sure it's meant to
> be), but it certainly had freshness to it,
> including crunch and fresh herbs.


The only crunch in mine was from a few bits of carrot!

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