Celebrity chef Adam Liaw has revealed the best and worst takeaway foods to order as Australians increasingly turn to food delivery services.
The MasterChef Australia winner said there are dishes that travel perfectly well – but he warns there are foods that don’t fare quite as well on the move.
In a piece for The Guardian, the Sydney foodie looked at the popular meals to order – and why you should never get burgers delivered to your home.
Celebrity chef Adam Liaw (pictured) has revealed the best and worst takeaways to order as Australians increasingly turn to food delivery services
Adam said by the time your burger arrives at the door, you’ll end up eating a soggy bun (stock image)
Despite being a takeaway classic, Adam said by the time your burger arrives at the door, you’ll end up eating a soggy bun.
‘The fries are irredeemable, any semblance of freshness has wilted to mush, and the sauces and meat juices have soaked into the bun,’ he explained.
But if you can’t look past the burgers on the menu, Adam said try ordering a simple cheeseburger and leave the gourmet creations for dining in.
Adam said pizzas are never in ‘prime condition’ after ‘steaming’ in an insulated bag while travelling across town to get to your door (stock image)
Adam said pizzas are the ‘OG delivery food’ but the best way to eat them are straight out of a wood fired oven to ensure the crusts are hot and crisp.
He explained the slices are never in ‘prime condition’ after ‘steaming’ in an insulated bag while travelling across town to get to your door.
However, Adam said the best thing about takeaway pizzas are they ‘reheat exceptionally well’.
He suggested once you place your order, turn on the oven so when your pizza arrives, place it on a tray and into the oven for a couple of minutes to ‘bring it back to its original glory’.
Adam said slow-braised curry or wet dishes are great takeaway options (stock image)
Adam said slow-braised curry or wet dishes are great takeaway options as he finds there’s ‘little difference between delivery version and fresh in the restaurant’.
But foods made from the tandoor such as naan bread and paratha can go soggy during the transportation.
He suggested reheating the bread on a hot, dry grill pan once your order arrives.
Adam scored dumplings a stellar 10 out of 10 on home delivery because steamed foods ‘thrive’ when locked in a steaming container
Adam scored dumplings a stellar 10 out of 10 on home delivery because steamed foods ‘thrive’ when locked in a steaming container.
‘While many of us have missed the joys of circulating yum cha trolleys over the past few months, if you think about it, getting delivery is kind of the same thing except the trolley is a scooter and it travels a greater distance,’ he explained.
He said dumplings reheat well in a steamer or even a microwave.
OTHER TAKEAWAY DISHES
After sharing his story on Twitter, dozens of Australians shared their favourite and worst takeaway meals to order and their tricks to reheating them.
‘An additional hack for Indian food – put a few packet papadums in the toaster and watch very closely – until crispy in about 20 seconds. No need to fry. They add a fresh crunchy side to scoop up reheated dishes,’ Alex tweeted.
Dan explained how curries can travel for hours on the road and ‘only taste better with time’ while Michael said one of the worst takeaway meals is hot chips.
‘Hot chips because it’s such a throw of the dice as to how they’ll arrive,’ he wrote.
Heath rated ramen a one out of 10 for delivery, adding: ‘It’s bloody awful’, while Jo agreed with Adam on the dumplings, saying: ‘They have been my go to and have been perfect every time.’