Sometimes there is nothing better than a Saturday night spent curled up on the couch with Chinese take-out. There was a time when I was happy to go out every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Now I really look forward to these quiet nights at home. I guess that's what happens when you grow up from being 18 years old to having a job and other priorities.
We usually order our Chinese food from Chinese Szechuan Stir Fry. The main reason we tried it in the first place is the convenience; it's literally minutes away from where we live. You seriously cannot beat that kind of convenience. They also have a super easy online ordering system. Meaning I can waver back and forth about what I want, adding and deleting items until we are satisfied with our order. And they have a 10% off coupon if you opt for pick-up. Since it is so close by, it's no trouble at all to just pop over. It's located pretty much right next door to the delicious Blue Chair Cafe (definitely check it out if you haven't been, their brunch and dinner are awesome!)
Is it the best Chinese food in Edmonton? Probably not. But it's decent and reasonably priced. The quality of the food is usually pretty good and the portion sizes are consistent. It's definitely what you would consider to be Canadian-ized (is that a word?) Chinese food, but whatever.
Like I said, on a quiet Saturday night, for us it's all about the convenience! The food is already ready within 30 minutes and is always piping hot.
They also always throw in a free order of some sort of deep fried, battered meat. The boyfriend thinks they are pork and they're salty and delicious and for some strange reason, he prefers to eat them cold the next day. In an effort to maintain some semblance of health (who am I kidding, we all know how much I love hollandaise sauce) I don't eat them.
We have a few staples that we pretty much always order: for me, it's the wor wonton soup. Loaded with tons of veggies, chicken, pork, shrimp, and of course lots of wontons! The boyfriend loves the sweet and sour chicken balls. Don't ask me why, but it's his favourite. The shanghai noodles are always delicious and you can't go wrong with the chicken fried rice.
This particular Saturday night, with my sister joining us, we also ordered the cashew chicken, beef and broccoli, and Szechwan spring rolls. All of them met our expectations and left us satisfied and with tons of leftovers!