This happened last Friday:
I went home after work only to realize I have run out of food to make dinner. I was starving, but I was also too lazy to go out again, especially not with the prospect of contending with Friday evening traffic.
So… I used DeliverEat for the very first time in my life. This thing is a food delivery company, they don’t really sell their own food, but help you place orders to a select pool of restaurants, and deliver those meals to you.
It was my first time, but I think it was pretty easy. It was basically just click click click, then fill in your address and pay using Paypal, and then wait for your food to arrive. They even have an Order Tracking page where you can see whether your food is being prepared or is already on the way to you.
I was starving, so I clicked on the first restaurant on the list called Ah Niu Yun Tun Mian (Wantan Mee). I know, I never have anything complimentary to say about Penang’s wantan mee, but the picture looked promising enough. The char siew were real char siew, and the wantan looked plenty big in the picture.
But they have a minimum order of RM 25. F**k! How am I supposed to spend RM 25 for wantan mee???
So I clicked on a dumplings soup and a braised pork dish, just to hit the bare minimum. To compound matters, they also charge 10% admin fees and RM 3 delivery charge, making my RM 25++ order become RM 30++.
If I was not that hungry, I would probably balk. But I was too far gone so, what the heck. Just, pay up and learn my lesson.
Good thing, 2 minutes after getting payment confirmation, the tracking page said Food Being Prepared, and 3 more minutes the page said Food Is On The Way! At the 30 minutes mark, I got a knock on my door and dinner was delivered.
Woooo… that’s too much food for dinner. I kept the dumplings soup in the fridge and that was breakfast the next morning.
As for the rest…
They packed the sauce separately, and look at the bits of pork lard in it. Nice!
Yeah… braised pork… “Braised Pork”… this was not what I expected at all. I guess I was too hungry to focus on the picture when I placed my order, but the picture was very clear on what this dish is.
See, if you Google Translate braised pork into Chinese, it shows 卤肉 lu rou, which in Hokkien is pronounced as loh bak. Well, yeah, the above is what loh bak looks like.
Yeah it was pretty decent loh bak, though not what I expected 🙄 …
Let’s go back to the wantan mee. I think I may have discovered a semi-decent wantan mee in Penang. Why? First, the char siew is real char siew. Second, the noodles are of the right texture, unlike the grossly under-cooked sh*t that those Penangite hawkers love to dish out.
So yeah, dinner was good last Friday…
Except when I told a friend of my experiment, the response I got was “What the hell, man? You know Ah Niu is like, less than 2 kilometers from your house? You paid more than RM 5 to have the food there delivered to you? Why not order from somewhere further away?”
Well… f–k! No, not f–k because of overpaying for delivery. I was hungry to the nearer the restaurant is the better it was. F–k because… how did I NOT know that a decent wantan mee exists so close to where I am staying in??