Published 9 April 2021
the CODE team
Hurrah! We can visit restaurants again on Monday. In the meantime, here are all the at-home kits and takeaways the CODE team loved eating this week.
He killed it with a spicy t-bone collaboration with HG Walter, now John Chantarasak has got together with Restaurant Kits to bring a special Thai new year meal to our doorsteps. I’ve long been a fan and this did not disappoint – juicy pork skewers with a fiery tamarind and chilli dipping sauce and khao soi – a rich, hearty dish of noodles, coconut curry sauce, burnished chicken thighs and all the condiments. I loved frying the hand-pulled noodles to make a nest – with John’s playlist blaring in the background. Happy Songkran!
Lisa Markwell, editor
On the surface souvlaki should be relatively easy to recreate from home, but without the authentic ingredients, they never taste quite as good as the real thing. Luckily this week I got to test Souvlaki Street’s at-home kit, delivering all the best quality ingredients you need to make a proper Greek souvlaki. I opted for the vegetarian option, complete with halloumi, tzatziki and pita bread handmade in Athens. There’s a reason they sell out in a matter of minutes, but we’ve been assured they’ll be available long after lockdown ends.
Harriet Prior, staff writer
I’m relatively confident in the kitchen from my Le Cordon Bleu days, but some things, like a good roti canai, are best left to the experts: Roti King. Made with super-thin crispy layers of dough, they are light and flakey with just the right amount of bite. My perfect meal for two from this much-loved Malaysian restaurant is always: kari laska (with extra egg), roti canai (with one fish and one mutton curry) with kangkung belacan. I highly recommend going now before the queues round the block return when restaurants fully open this summer!
Roxy Yuen, marketing consultant
I’d heard whispers of a new sushi concept in south west London and was excited to see what all the fuss was about. Oro Sushi promises Japanese cuisine with an Australian twist, and it doesn’t disappoint. You can try spicy bluefin tuna maki with chilli mayo, prawn & ginger gyoza with rhubarb & Tasmanian pepper berry ponzo, sweet potato Karage and plenty of options for those that prefer something plant-based. We loved the Chirashi Donburi (mixed Sashimi over sushi rice) and the grilled broccolini with barley miso was crisp and fresh. Currently delivering to Wimbledon and the surrounding SW18 areas, Oro Sushi will be available in other parts of London in the very near future. Orders can be made via their Instagram page!
Two bestselling meal kits, one mad idea… but it works! The burgizza was great fun to make and utilises the ingredients from both boxes really cleverly – the pizza dough becomes a sub, the burger patties and brioche buns turned into meatballs, passata becomes sauce and the burger cheese slices and pizza mozzarella finish it off into an oozy, messy, delicious megasandwich. I like their style – wonder who might do a meal-kit mash-up next?
Lisa Markwell, editor