Monday, January 26, 2009

Kung Fu Kitchen

Me being a glorified hobo of note (although I prefer the term “wanderer and vagabond”), one of my ever-present concerns is sourcing (and eating) cheap, reliable and reasonably healthy food. Occasionally, I'll benefit from a host with a fully stocked kitchen, a passion for food and Jamie Oliver tied up and locked in their basement. At other times, it's up to me to figure out what my wallet and stomach will best tolerate.

A few places near the Tuks varsity in Pretoria have some good food at a great price to appeal to the local student population, one example being Kung Fu Kitchen. Not only is the food good, but it has a full complement of actual Asian waitrons! Truly amazing!

( Disclaimer: Not actually a picture of Bruce Lee.)

Food takes a while to prepare, but the wait is worth it. The chicken chow mein doesn't skimp on the chicken. The sweet and sour sauce really tastes like sweet and sour sauce. Possibly one of the most awesome little factoids to remember, however, is that R35 can get you a full 3-course “set meal” that includes (for example) soup, dumplings, vegetables, chicken and a lovely bow-tie dessert. Add two rand to that price and they'll throw in the entire nation of Australia.

Mmm, Australia!

If you're looking for something a little cheaper, get yourself some of the chow mein. The serving is enormous, and if you grab the leftovers for takeaway you'll have a very convincing breakfast the next morning.

This is just the leftover portion. The full meal outweighs a baby elephant.

Apparently, the kitchen can get a little too busy on big nights, but it was an awesome place to spend a Sunday evening chatting with a few friends. My gastronomical satisfaction serves as testament to that.

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