If your family and friends are like mine, ordering Chi Tung can get pretty crazy. Here’s a little something to make the ordering process a little less…violent?
Step 1: Upon deciding to order Chi Tung the family phone tree must be activated. If anyone is not notified that Chi Tung is going to be ordered they perceive this as a personal slight. Even if you know they already have plans, the courtesy call must be made just in case. No call? Just get ready for world war three.
Step 2: Make sure there’s an organized ordering list. Inevitably there’s going to be three orders of pad thai, one mild spice with shrimp, one medium with chicken, and one hot with beef. Mistakenly order the mild with the chicken? It’s the end of the world. And what about appetizers? Forget to order two crab rangoons and there aren’t enough to go around? Decide to skip the California maki? The family will disown you without thinking twice.
Step 3: When you pick up the order make sure you have access to one of the appetizers because the car is going to smell amazing and you will want to gnaw off your own arm from hunger after about thirty seconds. This is why two orders of crab Rangoon are necessary. Also, because the shrimp toast is going to be too hot to eat right away and burning your fingers while driving is not fun (yes, I’m speaking from experience—I’m pretty sure I don’t have fingerprints anymore).
Step 4: Upon getting home unpack everything immediately before you even worry about distributing the food. Just get the food out of the bags and away from you as quickly as possible, to ensure the attacking mob of family and friends does not mistake one of your fingers for a piece of chicken satay.
Step 5: Portion your food immediately after unpacking. The food is going to go quickly, almost as if people are unhinging their jaws and just dumping the take out cartons down their throats. Grab a plate, make sure you grab one of each appetizer before they are gone, steal samples of other people’s dishes, then pile up your plate with what you ordered before people start attacking that too.
Now that you have the ordering process down you may still be hung up on what to order. Here’s the go to staples that we can’t stop obsessing over (not that everything isn’t amazing; these are just some of our favorites).
Chinese: crab Rangoon, shrimp toast, egg rolls, chicken fried rice, shrimp fried rice, beef and broccoli, orange chicken, shrimp in nest.
Thai: chicken satay, spring rolls, spicy crazy noodle, pad woon sen, pad thai, pad see eiw, pineapple fried rice, mango chicken.
Japanese: assorted tempura, California maki, dragon maki, mango maki, white panther maki.