Celebrating Chinese New Year with hungryhouse

14:16 Pippa Ainsworth 0 Comments

I love Chinese New Year and we always try to do something to celebrate, even if it's something as simple as cooking a Chinese meal at home. When hungryhouse got in touch to ask if they could help us out with our celebration I didn't hesitate to say yes!

We were offered the opportunity to order something to make our celebration a bit more interesting, I really wanted to get Bud interested in the festival so I decided to get a picture book to share with him and Little Miss. I chose Dragon Dance: A Chinese New Year Lift the Flap book. This is a fab book with lots of engagement for Bud, he loves lifting up the flaps to see what lies beneath. It's a really colourful book and explains well all the different preparations that a family needs to make to celebrate the new year. We've very much enjoyed it together and it's been in constant rotation in our reading pile recently. Next I decided to start thinking about traditional Chinese toys and chose some Jianzi shuttlecocks to see what we made of them. Unfortunately this game, a sort of badminton played with the feet is definitely not an indoor game so Red Rose Daddy has decided to take them off to his Explorer Scouts meeting and see how they get on with the game! We also ordered some Chinese paper yoyos which Bud has really enjoyed playing with. 

Fun celebrating Chinese New Year

I really wanted to include Little Miss in the celebration so I ordered a Cheongsam for her. Sadly she has found it a little bit uncomfortable so her dolly is now wearing it. It's a shame as I loved the colours and print on the dress!

So, fun over, it was time to order food! Our first attempt took place last Saturday when, sadly, the hungryhouse website went down and stayed down until we gave up and raided the freezer. We decided to order last night and this time the whole process went very smoothly. I am assured by hungryhouse that Saturday's outage was a very rare occurence.

It was simple to register with the hungryhouse site and then log in, upon doing so I was presented with a list of takeaways, five of which offered Chinese food. The first on the list was one we have tried before but we decided to go for somewhere new. We ordered a mixed starter and two main course, alongside fried rice and noodles. It was really simple and straightforward to select what we wanted with the menu separated into starters, mains and sides, with the mains further divided by their main ingredient. The only thing I wasn't sure on was whether the main courses were supplied with a side dish or not as the website didn't say, I assumed not. Upon placing our order I received an email saying our order was pending, then a further one a few minutes later saying it was confirmed and our food would arrive at around 18:40, five minutes before that time our food arrived, well packaged and piping hot! The food was really excellent, definitely a cut above our usual Chinese takeaway haunt.

Yummy Chinese Food via hungryhouse

I'd definitely use hungryhouse again and I'm really pleased to find a new takeaway that we will definitely order from again. Little Miss got in on the action with a new found love of noodles too, she snaffled a few then shouted for more!

Finally Bud learned how to say happy new year in Cantonese.

We were supplied with a voucher for hungryhouse and Amazon for our celebration, all thoughts and opinions are my own.