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  • Archana,52 Dublin Road, Belfast. Tel: 028 9032 3713
  • Khao Asian, 569 Lisburn Road, Belfast. Tel: 028 9068 1212

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EXCITING FOOD: the Khao Asian takeaway

EXCITING FOOD: the Khao Asian takeaway

EXCITING FOOD: the Khao Asian takeaway

The posh takeaway is as much a lockdown feature now as clapping for the nurses on Thursday nights. Like their originating restaurants, some of these are better than others, with occasional highlights and darker moments. I've learned for instance that restaurant (as opposed to chipper) chips are the most reluctant travellers and are likely to suffer a complete breakdown before getting to your door.

Readers are proving to be as adaptable as the restaurants and many are saying that chips can in fact be revived if you're lucky enough to have an air fryer. Sometimes a spell in a hot oven will resuscitate the close-to-death chip, but this is not always the case.

And the more takeaways I enjoy and endure, the more a pattern emerges. At the top end of the takeaway hierarchy are food kits. The top chefs know that they cannot make a dish which was designed to travel for 10 seconds from the kitchen pass to the table, survive a three-mile jaunt in a container.