Veg out – the Passionate chef, Lady Bay
I am not a great consumer of takeaways, as I like to know what’s in the food I’m eating and also be in control of the portion size. But the name of a Chinese takeaway in Lady Bay; the passionate Chef had me intrigued – what or who was passionate about the takeaway?
So early one weekday evening my friend and I took a walk to the takeaway. It’s a bright and airy place with books to read, poems to look at and a menu to peruse.
There were plenty of vegan or vegan adaptable dishes on the menu and we really struggled to make a choice. The owner Snowy Wong came over and asked if she could help, we explained our predicament that we weren’t use to so many vegan choices especially in a Chinese restaurant that is often known for its fish and oyster sauces.
Snowy couldn’t have been more helpful we even got to see in the kitchen where she showed us the separate fryers and prep areas for vegan and gluten free foods.
We took her advice and ordered the large homemade spring rolls (the small ones contain egg), a potato curry (made to her mums family recipe) and a starry with mock duck and crispy tofu. Accompanied by some simple steamed rice. Snowy also mentioned her vegan bean dessert, which sounded intriguing
I always wonder why takeaway’s don’t offer the more nutritious wholegrain rice, as an option. It has more fibre and is therefore more filling than the white stuff. I must ask the next time I visit the Passionate chef
After a short wait the food was ready and we walked back with the smell of tasty food in our nostrils. The first thing I have to say is the portions are huge, when you go to the passionate chef go with your appetite. Secondly, all the food is cooked to order so it is super fresh and al dente and no msg is used in Snowy’s dishes (unless it is requested).
The very well stuffed spring roll was a delight very fresh and crunchy with a really crispy coating. The starter was a winner now on to mains. The curry was so tasty (not too spicy) and had a really comforting creamy texture. It was full of veg and very flavoursome, I could eat that all day long.
Initially we were a bit put off by the stirfry because the mock duck looked very un-vegan, but it added an interesting texture and taste. The crispy tofu was delicious and plentiful and all the crunchy vegetables were perfectly cooked.
The bean dessert was like nothing I’d ever tasted before it was sweet and sticky and actually rather tasty. We had plenty of leftovers for lunch the following day and all that for under £15
After meeting Snowy I absolutely know that the name of her takeaway comes from her passion to provide well cooked fresh and tasty food. She single handily cooks all the dishes and puts her heart and soul in to it. I can now say I am a convert to Chinese takeaways, well Snowy’s at least
My review can also be read online and hard copy in the Nottingham Post ihttps://www.nottinghampost.com/whats-on/food-drink/west-bridgford-takeaways-chinese-best-1715938