Lifting the Hood

My brother and I, enjoying the late afternoon sun back in the day... (food's never far away) 🙂

As if to make up for the amount of time I will be spending outdoors this summer, I have taken quite a liking to ordering in food lately.  There are two ways to do this:

1. Directly (e.g. you call Pizza Hut and order)
2. Through a delivery service (when you want to order from normally non-delivery restaurants)

Option number one usually involves the big fast food players: McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Yoshinoya and so on… Fun with a group of friends every once in a while, but toxic if repeated too often.

That’s when option number 2 comes in!  Through my friend Samantha, I became acquainted with Cuisine Courier Hong Kong.  The following has been my consistent experience with CC:

1.  I make my order online
2. Cuisine Courier calls me to confirm the order (helpful and with awesome fancy British accents)
3. Browse the internet and ignore my rumbling stomach (OMG!! My stomach actually rumbled in real life when I typed that… scary…)
4. Around 45mins later a CC deliveryman will arrive via scooter.  My last order was during the HK Rugby 7’s and the delivery guy was so nice and chilled out despite the obvious stress of his job on a very busy weekend.

Trying BLT Burger for the first time, ordered online!! Modern times...

The food is usually packaged in generic plastic tupper-ware boxes, or if the resto has their own to-go packaging, then you’ll get that instead.  The other day my BLT Burger delivery arrived complete with some very serious wrapping (note the futuristic honey-comb print on the outside paper).

As you can see, the inside of the wrapper is lined with aluminium to insulate heat. Did it work?  Not as well as I expected, but for my order…

Salmon Burger: Salmon Atlantic , Avocado, Red Onion, Arugula, Zesty-Cayenne Tartar Sauce

…the lukewarm to warm temperature was just right!  As previously mentioned in Brunchin’ For Luncheon post, the cross-section of an omelette is a good indicator of how tasty it’s going to be.  For burgers, it’s more a matter of lifting the hood, like a car.
It’s was all sticking together in a big generous clump of sauce meets salad meets garnish.  My first taste surprised me with its citrus blast.  They weren’t kidding with their “zesty” sauce description.  Lemon works great with salmon AND avocado, so it was a nice combination.  The salmon patty was quite thick but would break off into bitesize pieces.

However, it was still a challenge to get a whole bite out of this burger, so I ended up taking off the bottom bread (which had no sauce on it, by the way) to make my feast a little lazier :).
CC has a minimum order of 100 dollars, so obviously one burger wouldn’t be enough.  Luckily I had some company, so another burger and some shared sides were in order:


I’m 100% sure that the waffle fries (what a GREAT name) and the deep-fried mozzarella sticks (no words to describe the glory) would have been infinitely better if we had eaten them freshly fried at BLT’s shop.  But, hey that’s the sacrifice you make when you order anything in.

Overall, I liked it.  The fact that they take a “novelty” burger like a Salmon burger seriously and make it good deserves respect.  It was on par with the classic beef burger for sure.  Cuisine Courier is great, but the next time I eat a BLT Burger meal (inevitable), I will go to their restaurant instead to get that perfect experience.

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