I think it is pretty clear by now that i love a voucher; any bargain or deal involving food not only enables me to try new places on a budget but it is also makes a great outing with friends, family or if you fancy treating yourself to twice the amount of delicious food.
Itison is my go-to site for great deals; rich charcuterie boards paired with crisp wines, exotic cocktails alongside a delicious selection of bar bites to exquisite 5 course tasting menus, you name it they’ve got it. On this occasion i had snapped up two different vouchers for Choi Asian Street Food on Brougham Street in Tollcross, both with dumplings to share and a drink of choice alongside their main tease.
Our first deal included a bao bun and drink each with dumplings to share. We both decided on trying their fried chicken and vegetable dumplings with a ginger and soy dip; beautifully browned on one side you got the perfect combination of crunchy and soft, with meaty insides that greedily soaked up the sharp gingery sauce, each mouthful burst with flavour.
I chose the Hoi Sin Bao; thick juicy slices of duck with a generous helping of asian salad, sweet hoi sin sauce and peanuts, all crammed into a warm soft bun. I added some sriracha chilli sauce for a spice kick but it was definitely not needed in terms of taste; the softness of the bun against the hard crunch of the peanuts and salad gave delicious levels of texture and the duck, tender and sticky with hoi sin, tore apart easily with each bite.
The second deal was a rice or noodle bowl and a drink each with dumplings to share, so this time round we chose the steamed pork and coriander dumplings with a soy and ginger dressing. The steamed dumplings were smaller, bite-size bundles that were dunked and devoured instantly, topped with fresh spring onion and coriander they tasted marvellous but severely tested my chop stick skills!
I went for a rice bowl with shredded duck, all the vegetables they had to offer and a hearty drizzle of sesame soy sauce. The duck was tender and moist, the vegetables crisp and fresh, a vibrant array of colours and flavours sitting upon a fluffy heap of rice smothered in nutty sesame soy sauce.
The friendly staff in the Choi kitchen keep it simple; their food is fresh, full of flavour and effortlessly served up in fun-sized containers that enable you to take your glorious treats on the road. It was the vouchers that beckoned me through the door, but it is the mouth watering dishes that will keep me coming back.